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Letters to the Editor

Al’s Barber Shop evokes memories

I enjoyed the article on Al the barber (“Al the barber bids farewell,” April 9). I went to Al’s Barber Shop for many years, during the time when his sidekick Lou was there. Al and Lou were always cracking jokes, sometimes dirty ones (but only if no women or kids were in the shop).

Lou retired early because – so I heard – he made a lot of money in the stock market, using tips he picked up from his customers.

When Al lost his Main Street shop and was out of business for a while, I started going to Rancho Barber Shop and never went back to Al. Rancho was another old-fashioned barber shop, though not as old as Al’s. I think that Gene, the owner, was in business even before Rancho Shopping Center was constructed. He retired a few years ago.

I don’t go to Rancho Barber Shop any more; I go to Bliss Beauty Center at Rancho. My wife, Pamela, learned that her hairdresser also cuts men’s hair and she talked me into going there.

Ed Taft

Los Altos Hills

‘Open door’ policy proves expensive

The residents of Los Altos should be happy that we live in a rich community. Our community is so rich that it can throw $7,000 through an open door. In fact, through three open doors, to be permanently placed at Lincoln Park.

Not withstanding the need for a matching contribution from the public, when is our city council going to learn not to squander our money?

Tom Popek

Los Altos

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