Tue05262015

Another dry year ahead – and flood protection?: Editor's Notebook

I stared into a clear, blue sky, the sun applying just the right amount of heat. It was short-sleeve weather, maybe a smidge above 70 degrees. And it was January.

I reminded myself how lucky we are to be in one of the best parts of the world for mild winter weather. Contrasting this to the heavy blizzards pummeling the East Coast, it seemed as if Mother Nature purposely had it out for those cranky New Englanders (I was once one of them) while the Bay Area could do no wrong.

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Aliens among us: A Piece of My Mind

A friend invited me to go whale watching outside Monterey Bay during the migration of the gray whales on the “Whale Highway” that stretches along the California coast from Alaska to Cabo San Lucas.

Shortly after leaving the shelter of the Bay, we spotted plumes of vapor not far off – at least a dozen whales, a megapod, were swimming together, blowing off vapor and diving in rough synchronization. As we approached, we could see the backs of the whales, scarred by barnacles but glistening silver-gray in the sun.

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Senior Middle Age and the new 'Silent Generation': Other Voices

Those becoming octogenarians this year will move into the Senior Middle Age category.

The year 1935 was bland and vanilla, not necessarily the best time to enter the world. We were few in number, as the Great Depression continued.

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Letters to the Editor

Article on Betty Noyce brings back memories

I was very glad to read the article about Betty Noyce in the Town Traveler section (“The Maine course: Uncovering a Los Altos connection,” Jan 21).

Many years ago Betty and I served together on the Los Altos Library Commission. I always liked and respected her. She was not only very intelligent and compassionate, but also a very down-to-earth person.

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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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Good compromise on PE exemptions: Editorial

While “Deflategate” captures the national sports headlines, the local issue of physical education class exemptions for freshmen seems a much worthier sports topic for discussion.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees broached the subject two weeks ago amid persistent pressure from parents who objected to some freshmen student-athletes being denied exemptions from taking PE classes.

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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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