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Letters to the Editor

‘Housewives’ column much ado about nothing

Goodness. What a to-do about nothing. Look how many people took time to write about that housewives column (“Housewives of LA,” May 18). Amazing.

Being one of those housewives, although I do know Two Buck Chuck and don’t have a chauffeur – unless you count the self-driving cars – I am not particularly offended. I am only offended by the fact that it was supposed to be humorous, I guess, but didn’t quite make it.


Legacy: A Piece of My Mind

A few weeks ago I attended a couple of celebrations that set me thinking.

The first was a reunion of Los Altos High School alumni and faculty members from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, a picnic where students had a chance to tell some of their teachers as well as each other how things they had learned decades ago had affected their lives. A few examples:

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also noted that the “only gold medals count” mentality of the Chinese government was antithetical to the spirit of the Olympics themselves.

Everything I wrote was already well-known. The air in Beijing was infamously foggy with contaminants. The director of the State Food and Drug Administration had just been executed – yes, put to death – for accepting bribes and egregious dereliction of duty. Chinese athletes openly spoke about how the governing bodies of their respective sports considered silver medals to be worthless.

Primer explains driving in downtown Los Altos: Other Voices

We’ve all noticed that downtown Los Altos has become more crowded. This certainly is good news for merchants as well as property values. But it appears to me that many of our new residents have arrived from somewhere in the country with different traffic laws than we have here in Los Altos.

So, I thought a simple primer would be of use. And as an initial caveat, I’m talking only of cars here, not pedestrians, who clearly have the right-of-way.

Letters to the Editor

Housewives deserve an apology

Frank Hughes’ May 18 “Villaj Idiut” column, “Housewives of LA,” generated quite a response. Following is a sampling of the letters the Town Crier received.

Letters to the Editor

Appreciate the gift of laughter

As a woman with an engineering degree who worked for 25 years in Silicon Valley companies, I thought Frank Hughes’ May 18 column, “Housewives of LA,” was hysterical.

To all those outraged women who wrote letters saying they felt insulted, I say, “Get over yourselves.” To the Town Crier I say, “Don’t apologize for publishing a brilliantly funny piece.”

Oh, behave!: Editorial

It’s a good thing the young historical essay contest winners and Girl Scouts recognized at the beginning of the May 10 Los Altos City Council meeting didn’t stay for the duration. They would have witnessed a poor example of civic engagement at a meeting marred by needless drama and dysfunctional leadership.

First, the approval of a resolution disbanding the city’s downtown parking committee over Brown Act (the state’s open meetings law) violations drew protests from both committee members and their opponents, chiefly two former Los Altos mayors, Ron Packard and David Casas. Their group, Friends of Los Altos, raised the Brown Act violations and triggered a third-party investigation. The arbiter agreed that there were violations and recommended disbanding the committee. However, the arbiter also ruled that the city could use the information the committee gathered as part of the public process for creating a downtown parking plan. That didn’t sit well with Casas and Packard, both of whom issued threatening responses (Casas: “Tonight is not the end of this saga – this is not going to go away.” And Packard: “We did not threaten to sue the city, although tonight we’re coming close to it.”). View the webcast at losaltosca.gov to see for yourself.


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