Playing the Trump card: No Shoes, Please

I’ve given a lot of thought to Donald Trump over the past several months, though I didn’t really want to. I was never a fan, but my opinion of him plummeted in 2012 during his birther tirades over President Barack Obama’s citizenship. He isn’t the only person in the U.S. who believes our president to be foreign-born; however, he was the only one who claimed to have sent an investigative team to Hawaii to prove it. After failing to produce evidence of the alleged birthplace conspiracy (and it’s not clear that he actually sent anyone to Hawaii in the first place), he switched gears and began shouting for documentation of the president’s matriculation at both Columbia and Harvard.

Eventually, Trump’s hysteria over an undereducated, Kenyan-born Muslim occupying the White House quieted down when he needed to report for duty for season whatever of “The Apprentice.” But Trump is back – running for president and sputtering inanities all over again – and he’s more popular than ever. He’s not only the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, his every word is covered by all of the major news outlets, and he seems to be impacting the tenor and substance of his fellow nominees’ talking points as well.


In support of Measure A

There has been some negative press on Measure A, the bond measure on the Nov. 3 ballot that would replace the decrepit Hillview Community Center with a modern facility and swim complex.

Everyone who criticizes it starts by admitting that a new facility is desirable, but that it is either too big, too expensive, as yet too undefined, in the wrong place or not in sync with our real needs.


Perfectly imperfect: Haugh About That?

In 2004, pausing in the shade of an old oak tree while taking my daily walk, I peered through the chain-link fence of Los Altos Golf & Country Club to witness what I considered perfection: a relationship that stood the test of time.

“How precious,” I thought, viewing two aging souls enjoying a round of golf together. Once upon a childhood dream, this was supposed to be my future – growing old with the man I married, appreciating life as a couple after the kids were gone. But God had other plans that year.


Letters to the Editor

Pools supporters refute opposing argument

We would like to set the record straight in response to the misinformation that appeared in Bill and Maria Lonergan’s letter to the editor (“Civic center project needs new EIR,” Sept. 9). We would like to address two specific issues.

First, the question of the community desire for a pool: The letter refers to the 2012 Godbe Survey but makes no mention of the most recent Godbe Survey presented to the Los Altos City Council June 9. In the Godbe telephone survey of likely voters, conducted between July 25 and Aug. 5, 2014, the proposed bond to replace the Hillview Center showed 60.4 percent support for the pool.


Letters to the Editor

Pinewood School causes traffic jams

As Fremont Avenue residents, we have the misfortune of living on a street that is being transformed into the private parking lot of Pinewood School.

While, yes, the school was there when we purchased our home in 2012, we were not prepared for the seemingly limitless appetite for land the owners of the school have exhibited, nor were we expecting the city of Los Altos to bow in complete submission to their blatant mockery of the impact their school’s traffic has on the entire neighborhood.


Editorial: A dedicated senior center makes sense

There are many sound arguments in favor of dedicated space for a senior center as part of the proposed Hillview Community Center and Park renovation. There are few sound arguments against – that we’ve heard, anyway. Therefore, the city should collectively get behind its Senior Commission and support a dedicated space.

As it stands, the city proposes constructing a 55,000-square-foot “multigenerational” facility, with the idea that the details for its use would be figured out after (and if) the $65 million bond measure needed for the overhaul passes on the Nov. 3 ballot.


Letters to the Editor

Civic center project needs new EIR

We would like to add two points to the Hillview Community Center articles by Alicia Castro (Aug. 19 and 26).

1. Measure A calls for building three pools in a multipool swim complex for a community that does not prioritize even one pool.


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