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Raschke for LASD board: Editorial

Two competent and capable newcomers are seeking the two-year seat Nov. 8 on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The seat became available when trustee Tammy Logan resigned earlier this year.

We give Tanya Raschke the edge in the race for this seat.


Immigrants in our nation's capital: A Piece of My Mind

One of our leading politicos has gotten a lot of publicity in the past months by characterizing a group of immigrants to this country as “rapists,” “thieves” and “drug dealers.” Since my great-grandmother came from Australia, where the first white immigrants were transported convicts – rapists, thieves and drug dealers – I am a bit sensitive on the subject. So on my recent trip to Washington, D.C., I paid particular interest to the impact of immigrants to our nation’s capital.

After a long day of exploring the National Mall, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of the American Indian, we welcomed an easy walk across the street from our hotel to the Cafe Park, sitting outside under the umbrellas fronting Pennsylvania Avenue, where we could people-watch. By the time we had begun to check out the menu, the humidity had devolved into a gentle rain, but we stayed out under our umbrellas as the air turned cool and fresh.

LA Council: Fligor, Glew, Pepper: Editorial

What do we do about the downtown village? Rebuilding the community center? Improving traffic safety? The issues facing Los Altos are many as the community deals with the impact of rapid growth all around it.

The city needs strong leadership as it moves forward. Its council should comprise unique people – intelligent residents who thoroughly study proposals and make assertive decisions free of the overprocessing that can lead to inaction. We need members who put the greater good of the community first, who take time to listen to all and leave residents feeling like they’ve been heard.

Don't shoot the messenger: Megan's Musings

Don’t shoot the messenger. Literally. Don’t shoot the messenger – me.

I recently attended – and wrote an article for this very edition about – a public safety meeting Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputies held to share tips about crime prevention with Los Altos Hills residents concerned about recent burglaries.

Cancer care: No Shoes, Please

I check in with my oncologist every three months. I also get blood work done for every visit, a CT scan every six months and a yearly colonoscopy. It’s all relative, but I feel like over the past two years, I’ve been in and out of exam rooms quite a lot.

That said, I am treated well by everyone: my doctor, the nurses, the receptionists who check me in, the vampires who draw my blood, the technicians who ask me to remove my clothing and don a gown. Unlike shopping at most retail stores, or making any phone call to the cable company, my oncological encounters are uniformly positive. Everyone is warm, friendly, eager to help, patient, efficient and delighted to see me.

Letter to the Editor

Fake spider webs present hidden dangers

I am a fourth-grade student at Bullis Charter School.

Last Halloween, our family decorated our garden with fake spider webs.

Fix logjam at Pinewood School


 

A key Los Altos Hills issue is the daily traffic logjam at Pinewood School. At drop-off in the morning, as many as 15-20 cars back up between 7:45 and 8 a.m.

Pinewood parents are waiting to turn into Pinewood, but the parking lot is already full. After all, it is a private high school renting a public elementary school site.


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