Sun04262015

Speak freely: No Shoes, Please

Free speech has been headline news since Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its original theatrical release of “The Interview,” the movie comedy about two celebrity journalists asked by the U.S. government to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

While the debate continues over whether Sony erred responsibly on the side of caution or caved too soon, there is no debate over the response to the massacre in Paris of 12 people working in the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Since Jan. 7, millions have taken to the streets in protest.

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Letters to the Editor

Scouts should model justice, equality

The Boy Scouts in your recent articles are deserving of recognition and praise for their service and accomplishments. Congratulations to them for their hard work and dedication.

I confess, however, that when I read about how the Boy Scouts are shaping the lives of young men, I am saddened by the knowledge that neither of my gay sons would have been welcomed by that organization either as Scouts when they were younger or as Scoutmasters now that they are adults.

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The finishing touch: Haugh About That?

Examining my reflection in the full-length mirror, I carefully added a few finishing touches. First, the crystal, dangling earrings and cocktail ring; next, a gardenia-encrusted bonnet, beaded handbag, crimson red lipstick and blue eye shadow. Last came the pièce de résistance – a gray faux mink wrap and 2-inch plastic high heels. Even at 4 years old, I understood that an outfit wasn’t complete without the right accessories.

As the granddaughter of a silent-movie actress, being ready for your close-up was ingrained in my psyche from birth. Neither my grandmother nor my mother ever left the house without being completely dolled up and fluffed. Whether it was to the grocery store or a lavish party, they constantly looked like they stepped out of the pages of Vogue magazine.

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More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyond the minimum requirements set by the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open-meetings law, to broaden the city’s overall transparency and openness.

The policy’s impact is two-fold: maintain an open-government page on the city’s website, including a brief description of the Brown Act; and post council agendas on the website with longer public notice, in this case, eight calendar days before the actual meeting.

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Letters to the Editor

Note: The following two letters are from losaltosonline.com.

Looking forward to new hotel

(Regarding “Downtown hotel to host open house,” Jan. 14): I am so thrilled to see the beautiful (Enchanté) hotel come to completion. I absolutely love it and will enjoy walking by often ... and maybe even spend a night in the hotel.

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Enchanté and 'Je Suis Charlie': Editor's Notebook

When it opens in a matter of weeks, Abby Ahrens’ Enchanté Boutique Hotel will mark the first hotel in the history of downtown Los Altos.

It seems elegant, fun and whimsical. Visitors are sure to enjoy their stays.

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Looking forward in 2015: Editorial

Why all the hooting and hollering, the champagne-glass clinks, the assembled crowds just to join in a countdown to the new year? Are we celebrating another year older and wiser or joyfully distracting ourselves from reminders of our mortality?

The real reason for celebrating is hope. Starting a new year means wiping the slate clean and mapping plans for a better life ahead. We look forward to good things happening.

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