Tue08042015

Letters to the Editor

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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U.S. complicit in genocide over centuries

I would like to comment on the Town Crier’s thought-provoking column “A genocide forgotten – and repeated” (April 29).

While much of the world demands recognition of the Armenian genocide, we in the U.S. must face up to our own role in orchestrating mass killings beginning with the genocide of Native Americans, Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians – wars that caused the death of millions of civilians.

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Is Shoup House renovation newsworthy?

As a University Avenue resident, I want to publicly welcome the new owners of the historic Shoup House to our neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing how the Copeland family has chosen to update the home’s interior to reflect their family’s needs and personality.

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Review and amend water conservation program

As a cyclist who participated in the recent Lawn Be Gone Bike Tour, let me offer an alternative perspective.

In 2013, when it became apparent that we were heading for a drought, I decided to replace the small lawn in my backyard with synthetic grass and shut off my sprinkler system.

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