Obviously, the impact of COVID-19 was going to leave a mark on the Los Altos city budget, the focus of the city council’s recent retreat. An extensive financial report for fiscal year 2021 was on Tuesday’s council meeting agenda.

A millennial friend of mine, touring the Gettysburg battlefield with me, asked, “Why are there all these memorials glorifying people who fought for such a terrible cause?” It was a question I had never considered despite many visits to the battlefield.