Cancel culture visits ‘our neighborhood’
R Lisa Bernard’s well-intended July 8 column concerning the misguided efforts of her neighbor to increase the visibility of nonwhite Los Altos residents unfortunately concludes with name-calling and exclusion of the person with whom she disagrees.
The headline “Racism in our neighborhood” appears misleading in that there was no expressed prejudice on the part of the author of the post which incurred such opprobrium. Apparently it was inferred.
These days calling someone a racist may be a quick way to shut them up, but it also shuts down a process that might otherwise lead to progress.
Police provide essential services
I am a 44-year resident of Los Altos. My husband and I are in our 90s. On May 28, our landline telephone suddenly went dead. Because of poor reception inside the house, our cellphone had fallen into disuse. After an hour’s attempts by a neighbor on his cellphone failed to reach a response from AT&T, I felt very worried by the inability to contact the outside world.
Where could I turn? To the Los Altos Police Department!
I got in the car and was admitted to the locked police lobby, where I explained our problem. The dispatcher on duty (behind a glass barrier) was able, with difficulty, to find out that a fiber-optic line had been accidentally cut during the construction project on Foothill Expressway. We were not alone in losing service, and eventually it would be repaired. (It took several days.) That knowledge made me feel safer and less isolated at a bad time.
I recently saw in the Town Crier there are demands to defund our police and to follow San Francisco’s example of not responding to noncriminal behavior. Are my husband and I the only residents to speak up on behalf of a local service organization that has served our community well these many years?