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Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Election 2014: Looking back, looking forward: Editor's Notebook

With the Nov. 4 election results all but finalized, we wonder what voters were thinking with their choices for our city council and school boards, and what the results of Measure N mean.

I think it’s pretty obvious that voters in general opted for a conservative approach with their choices.

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The Book Nest: Gone but not forgotten: Other Voices


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By Ryan C. Fowler

I want to encourage others to remember The Book Nest, a mainstay of the downtown landscape for many of us who grew up in Los Altos, and to thank the man behind the counter. It would be a shame for the community to forget the bookstore and what Ed Schmitz did for Los Altos and for me.

I recall walking into that unostentatious house my sophomore year at Los Altos High School. I selected books from the shelves and wandered into the front room, with its built-in red wooden desk and an old cash register. An older gentleman with a wide smile and a very large, fluffy cat glanced at me. After I had read for a bit, the cat plopped down on the book on my lap and the man and I struck up a conversation about author John Steinbeck. That was our first conversation, more than 28 years ago. The numerous others we shared affected my path and resulted in what I do today.

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Letters to the Editor

Voters say: Advantage LASD

Some clear signals just emerged from our recent murky election.

First on Measure N: The community’s commitment to educational investment managed to outweigh its fear that Bullis Charter School will disproportionately grab those funds at the expense of the rest of our schools. As a Los Altos School District parent, that point was central to every conversation I’ve heard on the topic.

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Letters to the Editor

Photo promotes ‘fabricated’ event

The Town Crier’s Oct. 15 “Peek into the Past” photo from 1976 of horsemen celebrating “the bicentennial of the de Anza expedition of 1776” actually documents fabricated history.

While the de Anza expedition did arrive in Northern California in 1776, the same year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed, the group did not pass through Los Altos Hills.

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Pet peeves: The Villaj Idiut

By Frank Hughes

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there is a concerted national campaign to eliminate texting while driving, as there should be.

But let me ask you this: How is it possible that texting while driving is any less dangerous than, say, driving with a pet on your lap?

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Thumbs-up after the election: Editorial

In the wake of the election, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To all the candidates participating in the local races. Regardless of the outcomes, we salute your involvement and commitment to making a difference for the better in our community. During our interviews, we met candidates who exhibited passion, expertise and sound knowledge about the governing bodies they wished to represent. A campaign is a gauntlet of filing fees, fundraising, forums, meet-and-greets and door-to-door visits. It takes special people to endure the grind of a campaign.

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