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Dancing with my father: Haugh About That?

Standing at the window, ready to perform in my white tutu and pink satin sash, I peered into the gray stillness of the day’s fading light, tapping my ballet slipper impatiently. Siegfried, the handsome prince in our version of “Swan Lake,” was now an hour late.

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Letters to the Editor

Splitting bond measure unfair to pool supporters

The Los Altos City Council seems very close to throwing the pool supporters under the bus.

By splitting the bond measure, they will almost guarantee that Measure B (the pool portion of the bond) will not pass, while at the same time expecting the pool supporters both to actively work and vote for the passage of Measure A.

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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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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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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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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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