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Letters to the Editor

Coyote preservation called into question

A recent article in the Town Crier alluded to increased coyote activity in the Los Altos Hills area (“Drought may cause increased coyote activity,” July 2). It also cites an increase in the number of domestic pets likely killed by coyotes. Then it describes how the town of Los Altos Hills has installed “Coyote Advisory – No Dogs Allowed” signs in Byrne Preserve to allow the coyotes to nurture their cubs in peace.

It would seem that the town is trying to assist the successful propagation of more coyotes at Byrne Preserve, which in effect will result in the death of more house pets on adjacent properties. This sounds similar to the “do-gooders” who successfully reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone Park and then showed surprise when the elk and cattle herds nearby were decimated.

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‘Anti-Israel’ letter demands response

The troubling letter in the July 9 Town Crier, “Speaker’s defense of Israel proves ‘puzzling,’” demands a response. I have read many letters by the same writer in various Bay Area newspapers. Every one is an anti-Israel diatribe, implying that the tragic, decades-long conflict between Israel and its neighbors is all Israel’s fault all the time. His assertion that Israel has no interest in a peaceful settlement is ludicrous.

Ben-Gurion’s acceptance of the UN Partition Plan in 1947, the famous Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn, the serious peace offers by Ehud Barak at Camp David, and later by Ehud Olmert, are evidence of Israel’s efforts to reach a solution. In each case, the other side ultimately said “no.”

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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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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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Global warming based on poor data

The whole climate change debate was initiated by researchers at the University of East Anglia in England. The fake data they had been advertising was uncovered by hackers digging into department emails. This revealed a huge fraud in processing temperature data. There was also clearly an agenda that was an attempt to intimidate anyone who disagreed with the global-warming advocates. Huge sums of money are involved. The head of the department has since admitted that there is no statistical evidence that global warming is man-made.

Investigations of the way temperatures have risen were gathered in order to publish average temperatures that would support global warming. In Siberia, hundreds of stations simply went off- line. This elimination of Russia’s coldest temperatures meant that the average temperature for Russia was bound to be higher. Temperatures for California, in the Sierra, were also dropped, and temperatures for Los Angeles and San Francisco were left in the calculation of the average temperature for California.

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Owners of Boardwalk offer thanks

It is with great sorrow that my family announces the closing of our longtime restaurant The Boardwalk on El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Thirty-eight years ago my husband Bernie Tougas and I opened The Boardwalk restaurant as a burger and hot-sandwich eatery for the community to enjoy great food, relax with friends, bring the kids after their ball games, play pinball, grab lunch during the week and watch a favorite sports team with a group of like-minded fans.

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