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Letters to the Editor

Complaints about changes unwarranted

I think that the constant complaining about the hard work, economic investment and growth in Los Altos is so unwarranted.

Having traveled across the western parts of our country this summer, I saw many towns that have not changed since the 1950s. They were sad places to be – stagnant, historical maybe, but with little benefit for their community.

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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.

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Resident offers wish list for Los Altos

I have a wish. Before the Los Altos City Council crowns any more Tech Royalty with permits to transform downtown Los Altos, I wish that our council would cast its attention to the outlying business areas in our small city.

For example, over the years, Loyola Corners and Woodland Acres have been promised changes in traffic flow, master plans, bridge repairs and business-friendly assistance. None of these needs or plans has been addressed. Instead, we are encouraged to travel downtown to struggle to find a place to park and admire some newcomer’s idea of living in “The Village.”

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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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