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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Forbes touts morality of free-market economy at Conservative Forum appearance in MV


The free-market economy is not only the correct choice over big government, it is the moral choice, according to Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and two-time presidential candidate.

Forbes appeared locally at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley to deliver that message, the thesis of his latest book, “Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn’t” (Crown Business, 2012). He co-authored the book with communications specialist Elizabeth Ames, who also addressed the crowd.

A packed house at Mountain View’s Portuguese Hall – more than 470 by one organizer’s count – heard Forbes turn around the myth that government morally does the right thing while those in private enterprise are greedy and can’t be trusted.

“It’s not greed – it’s about transactions,” he said. “The free market meets people’s needs and wants. … Free markets encourage cooperation. No one’s in charge – that’s why it works.”

Meanwhile, big governments “always thrive on conflict,” he said, and get away with what would normally be considered criminal activity.

“Social Security – look how they handle it,” Forbes said, noting that the system is supposed to hold $2.5 trillion in reserves.

In reality, Forbes said, the coffers are empty because the money has been spent.

“IOUs from the Treasury Department – think what would happen if you took money from workers, spent it, then gave them IOUs. You’d be in jail. But that’s government in action,” he said.

Forbes said free markets, on the other hand, encourage positive attributes like innovation and collaboration with a diverse array of people to achieve goals, optimism and responsibility.

“Economists describe the economy as the allocation of scarce resources. … It’s (really) about the creation of resources,” he noted. “Oil itself is glop. It’s human ingenuity that makes this glop something we can’t do without.”

Meanwhile, big government represents a threat to freedom, he said.

No big fan of the IRS – Forbes has long pushed for its abolishment and the establishment of a flat tax – the recent revelations of the agency’s prying into people’s private lives was one of several examples he gave. Another was the One Bay Area proposal that would concentrate housing on 5 percent of regional lands.

“That’s the Soviet Union – determining where you live,” he said.

He emphasized that his problem is not with government itself.

“If all of us were all angels, we wouldn’t need government,” he said. “But we’re not.”

But Forbes has no use for big government, which he characterized as becoming bloated, ineffective and losing track of its original purposes.

Forbes said the United States is still the most prosperous country on earth.

“We’ve had the environment no other country has had,” he added. “We must not lose it.”

For more information on the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, visit theconservativeforum.com. For information on Forbes’ book, visit crownpublishing.com.

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