Sat04302016

Death and life: No Shoes, Please

I like funerals. This isn’t to say that I’m happy when people die, or that I’m perversely attracted to sorrow and grief. But over the years, I’ve attended my fair share of services, and there are certain attributes – respect, gratitude, love and kindness – that in a funeral reach depths that I don’t see very often on display either in everyday life or on other special occasions.

You would think that given its commanding name, Thanksgiving is the day when cups runneth way over, or that Christmastime – with its governance over peace on earth, goodwill toward men – would be swollen with magnanimous behavior and serenity. But that’s not always the case. I’ve found that stress around major holidays often brings out the worst in people – in stores, seasonal parties and even at family dinner tables.

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LASD, city should use land more efficiently: Other Voices

As a Los Altos School District parent and Los Altos property-tax payer, I have to express my disappointment in the current slate of district trustees and our city council.

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Large-scale survey needed to determine civic center's fate: Other Voices

 

After eight years, progress toward Los Altos Civic Center redevelopment is endangered and progress toward relieving elementary school crowding is stalled.

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Letters to the Editor

Model could improve LA government

The rejection of Measure A in November tells me that the Los Altos City Council does not have a set of sound principles in conducting its business. As a result, a lot of time, money and effort were wasted.

We need to learn from this mistake. I propose to the council that it should run Los Altos as a successful business (e.g., Google Inc.). The organization is there:

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Kudos to Town Crier for goals editorial

Bravo to the Town Crier for its Jan. 20 editorial, “Some goals to accomplish in 2016.” It is great to see the Town Crier take a leadership role. The paper highlighted six goals that no resident could disagree with:

1. Finalize the Los Altos School District enrollment-growth plan.

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Six days left: Haugh About That?

Staring into the imploring eyes of the woman sitting across from me, I cringed. What she was asking was so beyond my comfort zone, I actually felt fear seep into every pore of my body.

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New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve water.

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