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Appropriate name change for plaza

The Los Altos City Council did the right thing, albeit with a 3-2 vote, in electing to add the word “Veterans” to the downtown Community Plaza at Main and State streets.

The July 12 action caps a successful campaign, led by the Rotary Club of Los Altos, to rename the small plaza in honor of local veterans who served through the generations, from World War II to Afghanistan. Some died protecting our freedoms. Those who remain will surely feel appreciation for the citywide recognition.


Children of affluent abusers: Other Voices

Following is the third in a three-part series on domestic violence.

Duplicitous brand-building: The Villaj Idiut

For anybody who thinks that Donald Trump actually wants to win this election and become the nation’s next president, you are fooling yourself.

Have you ever seen a presidential candidate less interested in moving to the White House than Trump, less engaged than he is in actually running this campaign?

Letter to the Editor

LAH should examine short-term rentals

I used to think that a short-term rental (Airbnb style) was operated by someone who has a spare bedroom to share and was thus not a big issue. Living in Los Altos Hills, I was surprised to find out that one of my neighbors in a small cul-de-sac is renting out all five bedrooms of his house to transient renters and is applying to add four more bedrooms to his house.

We can’t tell what the additional rooms are intended for, but naturally no one looks forward to having a nine-bedroom motel right next door that brings in strangers to our neighborhood every day and night.

Silly me: Haugh About That?

When I was young, if someone labeled me stupid, my self-confidence would be ripped to shreds, leaving me feeling worthless and undesirable. But this time, I deserved to be called out.

On June 28, I went in for what was deemed a mere procedure on my knee: nothing major, nothing life-threatening, just a little tear in the meniscus. Having already undergone two hip replacements, I was sure my recovery would be easy-peasy.

Letters to the Editor

Is 15 mph speed limit really effective?

Now that school is out for the summer, this is a good time to reflect on our new 15 mph school zone speed limits.

How many of you truly drove 15 mph through these zones? I am guessing very few of you. I would go 15 mph every time I was in one of the school zones at the start and end of school hours, and not once did I encounter another 15 mph driver. Every time I drove 15 mph, the cars ahead of me would gain distance from me, and the cars behind me would pile up at my bumper. Once I entered one of these zones behind a Google self-driving car, and even it gained distance in front of me as I crawled along at 15 mph. (As a side note, I wonder how those cars know if “Children Are Present.”) Many kids biking to school would be going faster than I was driving. They would look at me, I suspect, wondering why I was driving along beside them nearly at their speed.


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