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The value in junk mail: Haugh About That?

Excited at the thought that someone sent me a present, I clawed my way into the dark hole with feverish hands. No sooner had I extracted the large, white carton than disappointment stomped its steel-toed boot on my big toe. The bane of every mailbox’s existence had done it again. It was just a piece of junk.

Looking at the sample of powdered Similac formula, I was sure it was meant for another neighbor. God knows my baby-making days are long gone, but when I read the name on the label, I shrieked. There, in bold, black letters, screamed my eldest child’s name. Last time I looked, Michelle wasn’t pregnant. Or was she?

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Letters to the Editor

MROSD extends thanks to local voters

I would like to thank all the voters in Los Altos and Mountain View for their overwhelming support for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Measure AA for open-space access, preservation and restoration, which passed by a greater than 2-to-1 margin last month.

I also want to thank the Los Altos City Council and the Town Crier for their strong endorsements.

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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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Global warming is alive and well: Other Voices

Roger K. Jarvis’ letter – “Global warming based on poor data” (Town Crier, June 25) – is an example of the attempt by some to portray the growing concern and action related to global warming as some sort of massive conspiracy, while trying to convince people that there is still a “debate.”

Recognizing that many have not taken the time to become familiar with the science, I am concerned that some readers might see the letter from Jarvis and think, “OK, good. There is still doubt, and I do not have to worry about this issue.”

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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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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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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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