Tue09012015

A chance to fight cancer Saturday: Editorial

It was 11 years ago that the first Los Altos Relay For Life took place at Los Altos High School. The first couple of Relays proved epic events, filled with committed participants. Tents surrounded the track for the 24-hour American Cancer Society fundraiser.

The events raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and organizers were proud of their top rankings among Relay For Life events across the country. The Town Crier followed suit, providing extensive coverage as teams of participants took turns walking the track to cover the entire 24 hours.

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Departing MVLA schools chief offers thanks: Other Voices

At the end of June, I will be retiring after nine years as superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. These have been the best nine years of my 37-year public education career – in part because of the incredible support from the Los Altos, Mountain View and Los Altos Hills communities.

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Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an informal setting. The gathering was long overdue and well attended – approximately 80 residents showed up to the May 19 event at Main Street Cafe & Books.

The timing of such an event is not coincidental. Police departments across the nation have been under heavy criticism over high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, among other cities, that paint cops as overzealous enforcers whose violent handling of arrests has resulted in injustice and death. That these deaths happen to involve young black men has further spurred cries of racism and racial profiling.

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Letters to the Editor

No room for diversity in Islam

Sami Ibrahim misquotes me in his letter (“Depiction of Islam ‘disappointing,’” May 20 letters).

I did not say that there is no diversity in Islam. What I said is that there is no room for diversity in Islam. If it were otherwise, why have the Shia and the Sunnis been killing each other for the past 1300 years? Why do Muslims lop off the heads of Coptic Christians for no other reason than that they are not Muslims?

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Rancho San Antonio threatened, but who cares?: Other Voices

People who enjoy Rancho San Antonio County Park better start paying attention, because the Santa Clara Valley Water District is preparing to clear-cut 100 trees and dig a useless flood basin there. This project is a colossal fraud. That it has progressed to this stage, in this educated community, is a sad commentary on our ability to hold our government agencies in check. Not every person can analyze every controversy, but our community organizations should report on important topics of interest to their members.

Neither the Committee for Green Foothills nor GreenTown Los Altos has voiced objections to the Rancho San Antonio project. I think their members should be told why. A Green Foothills spokesman stated that the organization does not concern itself with how the park will be altered as long as it remains open space. Does this reflect the view of the membership or just one official?

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Great theater: The Villaj Idiut

I love getting my car washed.

Not because I necessarily like having a clean car. More so because I just like going to the car wash.

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Drought intolerance: A Piece of My Mind

Four years into it, and almost everyone but the Santa Clara Valley Water District is admitting that our drought is a reality that won’t go away. (Hello-o-o, SCVWD? Still insist on building those catch basins in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and McKelvey Park for flood protection?)

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