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Taking it easy in "The Big Easy"


Grace Acosta is a Los Altos resident. Email her at theacostafamily @sbcglobal.net.

I had never been to New Orleans. I had seen the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on television, of course, and I knew it to be the birthplace of jazz. From some long-forgotten history book, I remembered, too, that back in the day, it was a hub of the slave trade – a city in which Africans and African-Americans were bought and sold at auctions, many ferried along the same Mississippi River whose levees broke during Hurricane Katrina.

I knew about the “Who Dat” chant of the New Orleans Saints, bead throwing and king cakes at Mardi Gras, and all the famous culinary delights: po’boy sandwiches, gumbo, jambalaya, beignets and chicory coffee. I didn’t know about alligator sausages and pralines, but once I arrived, those delicacies became evident as well.

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Letters to the Editor

Global warming based on poor data

The whole climate change debate was initiated by researchers at the University of East Anglia in England. The fake data they had been advertising was uncovered by hackers digging into department emails. This revealed a huge fraud in processing temperature data. There was also clearly an agenda that was an attempt to intimidate anyone who disagreed with the global-warming advocates. Huge sums of money are involved. The head of the department has since admitted that there is no statistical evidence that global warming is man-made.

Investigations of the way temperatures have risen were gathered in order to publish average temperatures that would support global warming. In Siberia, hundreds of stations simply went off- line. This elimination of Russia’s coldest temperatures meant that the average temperature for Russia was bound to be higher. Temperatures for California, in the Sierra, were also dropped, and temperatures for Los Angeles and San Francisco were left in the calculation of the average temperature for California.

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Owners of Boardwalk offer thanks

It is with great sorrow that my family announces the closing of our longtime restaurant The Boardwalk on El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Thirty-eight years ago my husband Bernie Tougas and I opened The Boardwalk restaurant as a burger and hot-sandwich eatery for the community to enjoy great food, relax with friends, bring the kids after their ball games, play pinball, grab lunch during the week and watch a favorite sports team with a group of like-minded fans.

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Is there a doctor in the house?: Other Voices

I went to The Boardwalk June 4. On the surface, it looked like one of The Boardwalk’s best nights: tons of people, sports on the TV, familiar faces and catching up with friends. Of course, the reality could not have been further from that snapshot.

This was the final night for The Boardwalk. It closed after the inability to come to lease terms with the new landlord. The landlord had recently received design approval to expand the building, adding 3,647 square feet of new office and retail space, including 915 square feet on the ground floor.

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Residents receive solid return on investment

In a recent advertisement in the Town Crier (May 28), a local group questioned what Los Altos School District residents receive in return for the taxes they pay. Because local voters approved these taxes, it is a fair question.

The simple answer is that the district delivers a first-rate educational program. It performs extremely well, and your children perform well in our schools, in high school and in college.

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History contradicts claims made against Islam: Other Voices

I was disappointed, but not surprised, to read about the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley’s guest speaker Nonie Darwish’s hateful message denouncing the “ideology of Islam that cultivates a climate of fear with promise of death to nonbelievers” (“Islam critic decries culture of fear in Conservative Forum talk,” June 11). Historical records contradict Darwish’s false allegations.

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The joys of debate: Other Voices

By James Naumovski

“How do I get out of here?” was my only thought as I contacted my brother, my confidant, to devise a new ploy to escape debate camp. “Mom is a sucker for health. I’ll just tell her that the food is really unhealthy and all junk food – she’ll let me come home!”

I dropped hints about the bad food. With each phone call, I came closer to my goal. It worked, but Mom asked me to hang in until the weekend. As the week crept by, I kept thinking, “Now’s my chance.” But I never took it.

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