Life's purpose: Haugh About That?

Standing at the head of the classroom, her tiny facial features peeking out from the massive folds of her long veil, Sister Peter stared out at 50 second-graders. By the sharpened look in her beady, coffee-colored eyes, I knew we were about to be schooled on her favorite topic.


Bob Grimm: The definition of love: Other Voices

Courtesy of Art Carmichael
Bob Grimm, left, and Art Carmichael, both former Los Altos councilmembers and longtime friends, flank a friend in Tanzania. Bob was injured the day after this photo was taken and died March 21.

I have been part of the Grimm family – I was adopted – for 55 years of my life. I am currently 62.

My half-brother Terry and I came to California to stay with Bob and Marion Grimm for a short period of time with the intent of giving our biological mother time to get her feet under her. This was the second time the Grimms had offered to help. During this second visit, my brother and I were playing in the neighbor’s garage and ate some poison that was used in the garden. It scared Bob and Marion to the core! This event brought deep concern for our safety, but it also brought to the attention of all involved that there are legal ramifications to administering medical help to those outside your immediate family.


Billionaire dreams: A Piece of My Mind

If you had more money than you could possibly need, how would you spend it?

A fair number of billionaires have had to struggle with this question. 


Letters to the Editor

Vote out those who endorse development

Thank you for publishing the list of Los Altos City Councilmembers who rejected the urgently needed downtown development moratorium (“Council axes First Street development moratorium,” March 18).


Letters to the Editor

Teen suicide resources lacking in community

Dr. Meg Durbin’s excellent column on teen suicide touched on the fact that “(n)ot all hospitals can admit patients for psychiatric issues, which might require transfer to another facility” (“Understanding teen suicide: Causes, risks and resources,” March 18).

In fact, neither El Camino Hospital nor Stanford Hospital has an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit.


What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, time, labor, expertise and sage advice. 


We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

That’s the situation local officials faced recently when Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith sought approval for a $500,000 cellphone tracking device to help in capturing criminals. Such use, of course, would apply to the town of Los Altos Hills and the county’s unincorporated areas around Los Altos, both under Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.


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