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Letters to the Editor

Rearranging bike lanes won’t solve problem

Regarding the Nov. 3 death of a cyclist at the Page Mill Road/I-280 interchange, some think that rearranging bike lanes will fix the problem, but they are dead wrong. Bike lanes provide only imaginary safety and are a waste of paint.

My cycling career began approximately 25 years before bike lanes began appearing, and everything had worked fine as long as the right lane was wide enough for motorists to pass cyclists safely. Then some dimwit cyclist imagined that painting a line on the pavement would somehow protect him or her and sold that idea to others who live in fantasy worlds.

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'Tis the season: Here's the reason to give gift of life: A Piece of My Mind

My brother is not allowed to donate blood. He contracted hepatitis while serving in Vietnam.

My brother-in-law is not allowed to donate blood. He was exposed to malaria during his Peace Corps tour in Cameroon.

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Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last month. Before anyone could react, a stunned and abashed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – who had been standing next to Lavrov – put up both hands as if to ward off blows from the audience of reporters in the room, then both men immediately exited.

I had intended to write on a different topic before I saw the video clip of this astounding display of sexism and disrespect. How is it that a high-ranking, well-educated representative of a modern country addresses in such a condescending (maybe even vulgar) manner any woman in a professional setting – one in which she is asking a legitimate question at an appropriate time?

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Measure A: Moving forward: Other Voices

Moving forward, let’s start with solid, accurate data.

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The air we breathe: From the Mayor's Desk

As city councilmembers, not only do we focus on Los Altos, we also represent Los Altos by serving on the boards of regional organizations. For the past three years, I’ve been privileged to serve on the board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the regulatory agency that protects our air.

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Bikeable city creates responsibility for all

Thank you to Emily Cai for stating so clearly in her letter how important it is to do just that – drive carefully (“Drive safely – lives are on the line,” Nov. 4).

If we needed more reminders, the recent pedestrian fatality on El Monte Avenue and the student struck while crossing San Antonio Road at Pine Lane should be more than enough to bring this lesson home.

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Voters deserve facts, not marketing gimmicks

I just got something in the mail from the city that has me wondering, once again, what the heck is going on at city hall.

It was a beautifully produced, slickly laid-out, 15-page “City of Los Altos Annual Report.” I’ll bet it cost me, the taxpayer, a packet of money.

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