Sat10252014

Refuting claims about Islam: Other Voices

I must speak up to correct the inaccurate “historical records” used to excuse and defend the radical form of Islam in the June 18 “Other Voices” column by Sami A. Ibrahim (“History contradicts claims made against Islam”).

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Letters to the Editor

LASD, city council take positive step

The open and positive dialogue that took place at the June 19 meeting between city officials and the Los Altos School District was very encouraging and hopefully will continue.

It was most gratifying to have our two elected bodies work together to find a solution toward a suitable site to build additional school(s).

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LA resident challenges ad claims

For the third week in a row, Rob Fagen and his pro-Bullis Charter School group Each Student Counts continue to spread unhelpful misrepresentations about how our K-8 school district raises and spends money.

Now Fagen claims that the Los Altos School District spent “a substantial portion” of the last $95 million school facility bond on district administrative offices. I checked, and learned that the district spent less than 4 percent of the bond on its administrative facilities and boardroom. Compared with an already frugal 7 percent spending on administrative functions, that seems reasonable.

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The hollow towns: A Piece of My Mind

My husband and I recently took a back-roads trip across the country, avoiding the interstates with their urban bypasses as much as possible.

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Summer thumbs for your consideration

Summer is here, and we’re all thumbs:

Thumbs-up: To members of the Peninsula Symphony, who persevered through a rocky season marked by the apparent betrayal of their trusted executive director, Stephen Carlton. Carlton is currently in custody, charged with embezzling nearly all of the symphony’s savings. But symphony supporters held true to the old adage that the show must go on. They pitched in and managed to perform all of their scheduled concerts this season, including the free concert last Saturday in Los Altos. It’s good to know that the 65-year-old Peninsula Symphony is still going strong.

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What's your agenda? Better public schools: Other Voices

This is a follow-up to Swan’s columns “A ‘Common Sense’ approach to education” (April 16) and “Reimagining public education” (May 7).

“What’s your agenda?” Among the various comments on my two previous columns about improving our public education, this question begs an answer: “To improve public education by coming up with a plan to have the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School positively coexist.”

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Food for thought

Today I sat outside enjoying the beautiful weather during my lunch break, sandwich in hand and feet up, trying to soak in some much-needed sun. As I munched away on what I deemed the best combination of chicken, bread and cheese I had had in a long time, I couldn’t help but condemn myself for not choosing the salad instead. I sat there considering the fat that might be in the sauce and the sodium that was probably in the chicken – I didn’t even want to think about the carbs in the delicious ciabatta.

Soon I began to feel guilty – for eating a sandwich. I know that it’s ridiculous, but I also realized that I’m not alone. Many of us have felt that twinge of regret after eating one too many slices of pizza, a burger that tasted that much better with bacon, or a cupcake drizzled with caramel.

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