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Letters to the Editor

Solar clothes drying evokes memories

Allyson Johnson’s delightful “A Piece of My Mind” column (“My solar clothes dryer,” Aug. 5) left out the most wonderful part of drying clothes on the line – the fresh smell air-dried laundry has.

Children raised on dryer clothes will initially react to the stiffness of air-dried laundry, but after a while, they adjust.

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Merchants ignore order to fly flags at half-staff

I hope that I am one of many Los Altos residents who are both disappointed and embarrassed that we had zero merchants flying our flag at half-staff, choosing not to follow President Barack Obama’s proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff after the recent shootings and murder of our servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn.

First I noticed that our post office chose not to comply, the excuse being that the wind would wrap the flag around the pole.

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Resident bids farewell to faithful companion

I’m writing on behalf of my family to thank the Town Crier for publishing in the July 29 edition a photo of my dog Rocky taken at his farewell party July 24 at Lincoln Park.

Our thanks also go to the wonderful photographer, Megan V. Winslow, who graciously took many lovely pictures at the event.

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Let Enchanté hotel open its patio to all

In response to recent letters regarding Enchanté Boutique Hotel: Enchanté, the work of art Abigail Ahrens has created at 1 Main St., should certainly be able to serve wine to visitors.

I do not know the bureaucratic details of which minor document was omitted in her approvals. I only know that this would be the only hotel in the U.S. without the ability to entertain a guest.

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GreenTown weighs in on artificial-turf debate

We applaud Jim Denz’s efforts to reduce his water use, but his response to the Town Crier’s article about artificial turf is contradicted by facts (“Horticulturist refutes artificial-turf assertions,” July 15).

Denz states that using tire crumbs is outdated. Not true. Tire crumbs are the most common material used in artificial turf. The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 13 that the state of California subsidized 29 local government installations of recycled crumb rubber fields and playgrounds this year, at a cost of $2.2 million.

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Ad-plane flyover marred festival

I hope that other residents who share my concern that the Geico plane flying low over the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival and our homes for hours on end marred the “fun for everyone” that the Town Crier’s cover article predicted will write to Geico to share their opinions.

I also hope that we as a city and a community can nip this noisy intrusion in the bud somehow. In my memory of 32 years living close to downtown in this peaceful community, this is the first time that this totally unnecessary festival-related noise pollution has occurred.

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Plan aims to retain longtime businesses

Having just passed by Maltby’s restaurant, I was reminded of the difficulties and the Sword of Damocles that hangs over retailers and restaurateurs in our small downtown.

Fueled by our wonderful but outlandish real estate values, when their buildings change hands, merchants face the terror of outrageous rent increases and lapsing leases that put their future in Los Altos in peril – as it has with Maltby’s, which seems to be hanging by a thread. Some years ago, this predicament took out good old Mac’s Tea Room, and there is the same threat hovering over each retailer in town.

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