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Regarding “Downtown library would be a bold move” (Letters to the Editor, June 7): No city funds should pay for this. If some Silicon Valley fat cat wants to finance this, fine, but taxpayers already contribute to the library. – Steve Ly

Letter to the Editor: Consulting group offers online town hall

Community Insights Group is the team of “tech-savvy volunteers” who offer “an effective online polling program the city should take a hard look at,” as noted in the Town Crier’s May 31 editorial (“More public engagement for Hillview”).

We’re flattered by the compliment and in total agreement about the need for public engagement in community decisions, yet we can help our city do more. We see ourselves as facilitators of community collaboration who help create decisions community members can support.

Letter to the Editor: Downtown library would be bold move

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Some residents are advocating to move the Los Altos Library to the downtown triangle.

For several years, I was on the Los Altos Library Commission. I will never forget the sad day the commissioners were told that our library shelves were filled to capacity. We were out of space! Books had to be discarded to make room for new purchases.

This has been going on for several years. It’s time to get a library to fit our needs.

It's time to consider existing land options for 10th school

Since the passage of Measure N 31 months ago, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees has focused exclusively on finding new land suitable for building a 10th school.

While we applaud its efforts, students continue to wait for better facilities. Projecting future district enrollment has always proven to be a difficult exercise. Given the uncertainty, how can we be sure that the best option is to use taxpayer funds to purchase new land during a local real estate boom? It is time to expand our solution space.

Editor's Notebook: Los Altos family battles cancer, celebrates life

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Jeanne and Duncan MacVicar and their daughter, Bryn MacVicar Pennington, are united in their fight against cancer.

For more than a dozen years, the MacVicar family of Los Altos has put their hearts and souls into organizing and participating in the annual Relay For Life.

Fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, the 24-hour events are more importantly therapeutic exercises for those suffering with cancer and their families. Although reflective of those lost, Relays are primarily celebrations of life and survival.

Learning to detach

As I opened the box filled with treasured pieces from my youth, I came across a letter I once placed on my mother’s pillow at the age of 7. Always fearful of confrontation when wanting my way, this means of communication helped me get my desires off my chest with no fear of rebuttal – at least in that moment.

Chicken pox: The Villaj Idiut

My wife accompanied my oldest son last month on his school’s eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., for a week.

It was the perfect opportunity for “baching” it, I figured, me and my youngest home alone – which meant unmade beds, Taco Bell for dinner every night, dirty dishes piled high in the sink, soiled clothes on the floor and the unmistakable stench of body odor coming from different areas of the house.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

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