Letters to the editor: Negative campaigning, candidate donations

Negative campaigning has no place in Los Altos

I was shocked and upset to see that divisive attack politics have emerged in Los Altos. It is bad enough that we are subjected to this in our national politics.

King Lear’s paid advertisement, “The Silent Threat in this City Council Election,” has crossed the line, in my humble opinion. Negative advertising and comments create an atmosphere of distrust and division. Let’s be respectful and mature in evaluating the candidates running for city council.

Note to all Los Altos residents: Please avoid negative campaigning. Just tell us why you support a candidate and what you like about his or her platform. Let’s keep Los Altos the friendly city that we love.

Sandy Salinger
Los Altos

Website details candidates’ donations

With a very divisive election just a few weeks away, the values of our local candidates are more important than ever. Much can be learned by looking at who our local candidates have supported with their cash donations.

All federal donations since 2000 by the current city council candidates can be viewed at bit.ly/LosAltosCCDonations.

I encourage all voters to take a look – what you find may be very surprising!

Bill Sheppard
Los Altos

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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.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

Paid Political Endorsement letters

The Town Crier offers the option of pre-paid political endorsement letters for candidates in the Nov. 3 election.

Letters must support candidates – no submissions containing exclusively negative content will be printed.

Authors’ names are required for publication. Letters will be published in the order they are received, and we will accept only one letter per author per candidate, per campaign. Please limit letters to no more than 200 words.

The cost is $150 per endorsement letter for either print or online, $200 for both. The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays for inclusion in the following week’s Town Crier. To submit endorsement letters and for more information, email Howard Bischoff at howardb@latc.com.

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