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When I was 13 years old, I was working on a Coke truck in Washington, D.C., over summer vacation. Our next-door neighbor, who drove the truck, would deal with the owners of liquor and convenience stores, while I would slog 10 cases of soda at a time into the stores on a hand truck.

One day we showed up and the store to which we were delivering was surrounded by police cars, in the midst of an armed robbery. The robber was trying to escape using the owner as a hostage when the owner tripped and fell. The robber accidentally let off a shot with his gun and the police filled him with bullets.

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Input informs school enrollment-growth decisions: Other Voices

As the Los Altos School District has made clear, existing district facilities are not sufficient to address future enrollment. If the district is to preserve the small-school model that resulted in all local schools being ranked in the top 1 percent of California public schools, a solution is needed. Voters approved Measure N in November for just this reason, but Measure N can only be successful if our community drives the solution.

To ensure that no stone is left unturned and that all ideas are considered, the district continues to engage and collaborate with the community in innovative ways. Most recently, the district hosted a community forum April 22 at the Los Altos Youth Center. More than 100 attendees – parents, staff and other community members – participated in a process using design-thinking concepts to collect input on existing ideas and generate new ideas to address enrollment growth.

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Hungry? Just text us: Editor's Notebook

I’ll have to admit, I found the Second Harvest Food Bank’s recent announcement of a texting option for the hungry a bit strange.

The food bank, which serves Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, launched the texting program April 15 – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese – to connect hungry families with the underused (according to the agency) CalFresh food assistance program. By texting a keyword to “97779,” families can be prescreened to begin the process of participating in the CalFresh program.

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Letters to the Editor

U.S. complicit in genocide over centuries

I would like to comment on the Town Crier’s thought-provoking column “A genocide forgotten – and repeated” (April 29).

While much of the world demands recognition of the Armenian genocide, we in the U.S. must face up to our own role in orchestrating mass killings beginning with the genocide of Native Americans, Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians – wars that caused the death of millions of civilians.

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Letters to the Editor

Is Shoup House renovation newsworthy?

As a University Avenue resident, I want to publicly welcome the new owners of the historic Shoup House to our neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing how the Copeland family has chosen to update the home’s interior to reflect their family’s needs and personality.

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery, recently added to the Los Altos merchant roster.

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in the center of Redwood Grove Nature Preserve along Adobe Creek, the one-story, stucco-clad Spanish Eclectic-style house – constructed in 1923 for Theodore Vail and Emma Wright Halsey, an early Los Altos-area family – has a U-shaped plan, oak floors, hipped roofs with Spanish clay tile and sets of French doors opening onto the interior courtyard as well as the front concrete patio.

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