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Letters to the Editor

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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No room for diversity in Islam

Sami Ibrahim misquotes me in his letter (“Depiction of Islam ‘disappointing,’” May 20 letters).

I did not say that there is no diversity in Islam. What I said is that there is no room for diversity in Islam. If it were otherwise, why have the Shia and the Sunnis been killing each other for the past 1300 years? Why do Muslims lop off the heads of Coptic Christians for no other reason than that they are not Muslims?

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No school-site discussion, no support for civic center

Seriously, Los Altos City Council? You agree to look at shared-use public land with the Los Altos School District but take the one property off the table where there may be a mutually beneficial design and funding?

Wouldn’t a fiscally responsible elected official look to explore joint use of site and funds?

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Call moratorium on art in parks

One humble request for the Los Altos Public Arts Commission and City Council regarding pending public “art development” projects:

There is so little public green space in our town. May we please agree to call an art moratorium in our public parks and green spaces and leave them free from further development?

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What’s the point of new Community Coalition?

I read with some shock in a recent issue that two former mayors and some 20 “member organizations” have formed a lobbying group called the Los Altos Community Coalition to help the city “move quickly to develop a plan and vision for the city core” (“New organization supports downtown, civic center development,” May 6).

It was only a few years ago that Los Altos approved a new plan for the downtown that included three-story structures, street improvements and the elimination of many parking spaces. New development quickly followed that was very controversial, including new mammoth buildings on First Street and a boutique hotel.

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