Warning: Useless flood basin ahead

Our water and fire agencies receive much attention (and scrutiny) during the hot, dry days of summer – water for the lack of it and fire for its widespread destruction. During this extreme drought year, we are deluged with water conservation mandates as wildfires rage out of control.

Our visceral reaction to flood-control efforts in the wake of the ongoing drought is one of incredulity. Flood control? Are you kidding me?


Letters to the Editor

Solar clothes drying evokes memories

Allyson Johnson’s delightful “A Piece of My Mind” column (“My solar clothes dryer,” Aug. 5) left out the most wonderful part of drying clothes on the line – the fresh smell air-dried laundry has.

Children raised on dryer clothes will initially react to the stiffness of air-dried laundry, but after a while, they adjust.


An ominous anniversary: Editor's Notebook

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. For many Americans, it was a cause for mass celebration. It was an overwhelming relief for a country physically and emotionally exhausted from the worst war the world has ever known.

The war ended 70 years ago for Japan as well. But while American sailors were kissing strangers in Times Square, the Japanese were combing through the debris of their cities in the wake of mass devastation – destruction the U.S. was fortunate to avoid on its own soil. The firebombing of Tokyo was horribly catastrophic, but it was what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that gave the word “ominous” new meaning.


Assisted living

I was out grocery shopping the other day and saw a young boy – maybe 10 or 11 years old – almost literally with his nose in a book.


Always a mother: Haugh About That?

“Remember, drive slowly. There are little kids living in the neighborhood.”


Council not enchanted with decision: Editorial

Not so fast! That seemed to be the Los Altos City Council’s message to Enchanté Boutique Hotel owner Abigail Ahrens last week after the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) had the week before unanimously approved use of the hotel’s outdoor plaza for serving customers.

Mayor Jan Pepper and Councilmember Megan Satterlee have appealed the PTC’s Aug. 6 decision. “I called it up to review the changes made by the PTC to the staff recommendation,” Satterlee wrote in an email to the Town Crier Friday. The council is scheduled to discuss the hotel’s plaza use Tuesday.


Letter to the Editor

Merchants ignore order to fly flags at half-staff

I hope that I am one of many Los Altos residents who are both disappointed and embarrassed that we had zero merchants flying our flag at half-staff, choosing not to follow President Barack Obama’s proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff after the recent shootings and murder of our servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn.

First I noticed that our post office chose not to comply, the excuse being that the wind would wrap the flag around the pole.


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