Letters to the Editor, journalistic standards

Addressing community, journalistic standards

We are writing to state our disappointment with the Town Crier’s choice to publish in the Nov. 13 print edition a number of vitriolic, anonymous comments from its online edition, which baselessly criticizes us individually, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and the hundreds of people who went to the workshop to support the district. We don’t believe this meets our community or journalistic standards. 

In online comments, commenters often post loosely, and sometimes even use the anonymity of such forums to launch personal attacks – benefiting from lack of editorial oversight or factual verification by professional journalists. To republish and promote such attacks is irresponsible.


Letters to the Editor: Mold, Los Altos Hardware, 5150 ECR

Mold in city buildings may require ozone use

If I understood the Town Crier’s recent article, mold that was found in samples from inside city of Los Altos buildings was different from the molds found outside (“Los Altos facilities test low in chemicals, high in mold materials,” Oct. 16).

Generally, a first step would be a detailed inspection of the building(s) to find possible sources of mold growth, generally following water intrusion. Mold, like bacteria, is more virulent than it used to be due to human intervention. (See author Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.)

Letter to the Editor, story poles, Loyola Corners

Story poles reveal dangers at intersection

What a shock it was to see the story poles go up at 999 Fremont Ave. here in Loyola Corners! But wow, they really do their job – highlighting the probability of blocked visibility from multiple angles, the prospect of a structure that would loom over its surroundings, swallowing almost every square inch of this little oddly shaped piece of land built right to the edges.

But the story poles do give residents a chance to see what has been proposed and so an opportunity to voice their concerns to the Los Altos City Council before approval.


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.

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

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