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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Psalm 82: God will judge those who use power to oppress others

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos recently examined Psalm 82, a psalm of justice.

Justice seems to be very important to God; in fact, it is one of His most basic characteristics. His people cry out for it throughout the Old Testament, God wants it from His people and it is one of Christ’s goals – to proclaim justice to the nations.

When we are in a vulnerable place, we cry out for justice. But when we are powerful, we seem to want our rights more.

I have long thought that the way a society treats those who are vulnerable – the Bible mentions the poor, orphans, immigrants and widows – is really the measure of what sort of a society it is.

America was intended to be different, a place where these sorts of folks are welcomed. Think about the inscription on the Statue of Liberty – “Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” – because America set out to be unique, a city on a hill, a light to the world. America wanted to be what governments and people groups never were: just.

Psalm 82 is God being very clear that He wants justice, that the rights of the vulnerable are not to be taken away, that people in positions of power must answer for the injustice they see but do nothing about.

This has been a constant struggle for humans. In the Old Testament, there were judges who had the power of God, the power to decide between people, the power to determine the truth, the power to settle disputes. The problem was that it was humans, like you and me, who were given this power. And they abused it. They were susceptible to bribery and corruption. But God isn’t. It is God who will judge those who are unjust, those who use their power to oppress others.

The problem is that we are all powerful people. Everyone who reads this paper has lots of power – the power of financial resources, the power of education, the power of business acumen and the power of our voice, which is connected to more people than ever before in history. We are powerful people. That doesn’t mean that we have to right every wrong. That will happen someday, when Christ returns.

Even though we can’t do everything, we can do something. I believe that God puts on our hearts different situations, different people, who when we learn about what has happened, cry out, “That is so wrong!” This is God moving us toward justice, toward putting out faith into action.

We cannot help everyone, but we can help one person, or two. Or maybe a few more.

God calls us to justice, and shows us what justice is like. Jesus is God’s justice; He comes not to condemn but to save, not to punish but to forgive, not with a whip but with grace.

Christians are called to justice, and all of us will confront a situation where we can either walk away or pursue justice. I hope your response is to act justly and walk humbly with God.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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