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Letters to the Editor

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Denz states that using tire crumbs is outdated.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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Construction zone is speed trap for motorists

After more than 40 years of citation-free driving, I received a speeding ticket in the construction corridor on Foothill Expressway between Grant Road and the Fremont Avenue off-ramp.

Two motorcycle police officers were ticketing drivers off almost every light change at the Grant Road cross street. You come off of the light and then must immediately merge and potentially miss the 35 mph sign, as I did, that is approximately 1,500 feet from the actual construction corridor.

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Fallen Leaf is best route for creek trail

I’m sure that your piece on the Stevens Creek Trail (“What’s driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?” June 17) has resulted in a landslide of objections from the vocal residents of Fallen Leaf Lane.

I’m also sure, however, that one reason they are so vocal is that they, like anyone who has studied the alternatives, realize that the route they object to is the clear, best choice for that reach of the trail. So they are hoping, on the squeaky-wheel theory, that they can keep it from being chosen.

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All must call out anti-Muslim bigotry

Richard Sutherland’s letter to the editor betrays either an ignorance of Islam or close-minded bigotry (“No room for diversity in Islam,” June 10).

Mr. Sutherland is fundamentally mistaken when he says “there is no room for diversity in Islam.” The Quran itself make very clear (to paraphrase) that God created mankind in many different nations and tribes so that we might know each other.

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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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