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Letters to the Editor

With more people come more changes

The July 15 Town Crier featured a letter (titled “Column on construction garners support”) bemoaning the tall, ugly buildings sitting too close to the sidewalks and the loss of village character in Los Altos and Palo Alto.

I, too, am unhappy to see this take place. But as one who grew up in Morgan Hill, Sausalito, Berkeley, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills since 1947 (and with many years also in Massachusetts and Texas), I have seen vast changes, all predominantly the result of many, many more people – all needing a place to live and work.

Perhaps the writer should take a clue from China and start a movement to limit families to having only one child.

Charles Garbett

Los Altos Hills

Officer offers thanks for Los Altos stint

I wanted to thank the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos Police Department for 25 wonderful years. It has been my joy and honor to work for the citizens of this fine city. It has been a pleasure to keep our citizens safe.

I leave behind a very professional and more-than-capable police department. I take with me fond memories and even better friendships.

Thank you for the privilege of working here and allowing me to help those who needed it most, some at the worst times of their lives, and others who just needed someone there to listen. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this city’s rich and vibrant history that makes this uniquely Los Altos.

Officer Wesley Beveridge

Los Altos Police Department

Biologist counters ‘do-gooder’ label

In his July 30 letter to the editor (“Coyote preservation called into question”), Robert Tacy labels those who do not agree with his opinion in the coyote situation as “do-gooders.” As a biologist, I know this to be a mistake.

Dogs in Byrne Park menace many wild creatures – and the innocent hikers who are there to enjoy the natural experience. They should not be there. Cats and other pets should be indoors at night for their own safety and the peace of mind of neighbors, not just to prevent attacks from coyotes.

Los Altos Hills residents live in a semirural environment that should encourage a live-and-let-live attitude toward their wild neighbors. I encourage them to do so.

Ruth Troetschler

Los Altos

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