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Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Satake family for ECH donation

I wanted to thank the Satake family not only for their $1 million gift to Fulfilling the Promise at El Camino Hospital, but also for sharing their personal story of depression (“Mountain View family gives $1M for mental health care facility at El Camino,” Dec. 22).

So many families in our community are impacted by their loved ones’ struggles with mental illness.

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History of a plague: A Piece of My Mind

A quarter of a century ago, our world was threatened with a plague. We reacted as humans do – first with ignorance (that’s an African thing), then denial (it’s just a few cases, and they’re all homosexuals, so I’m safe), blaming the victims (that gay lifestyle, what do you expect? If they would just straighten out … ) and calls for social quarantine (gay men should be required to wear a badge!). Mainstream America wanted to feel safe, because AIDS was fatal. In 1990, if you contracted AIDS, there was no treatment, no cure.

At least three of my classmates died of AIDS. Homosexuality was still mostly kept secret. The obituaries tiptoed around the cause of death: “Complications of pneumonia.” “A long battle against disease.” If there were no wife at the bedside, if a “longtime companion” were mentioned, one could guess.

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The principle of simplicity: Other Voices


Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Mrs. Ashley (Faye) Chapman mows the lawn of the family home in Los Altos in 1951. The house behind her is today being renovated for the third time since this photo was taken.

There is a house around the corner from me in Los Altos that is older than my own family home. While ours was not completed until 1950, this house was finished in 1948. Its simple outlines often appear in the background of our old family photographs.

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We all need to be more careful on the road – including me: Other Voices

 

After some back and forth with the Los Altos School District, the Los Altos Hills City Council has agreed to table plans for removing the Gardner Bullis School crosswalk and will instead hire a crossing guard to help shepherd students safely across Fremont Road until an ad hoc task force can explore long-term solutions.

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Letter to the Editor

Parking loss offset by quality of life

I feel that I must comment on a recent letter discussing the efforts made in downtown by Passerelle Investment Co., especially citing the State Street Green (“Beware the flipside to Passerelle’s improvements,” Dec. 16).

As local residents, we thoroughly enjoyed the Green and found it heavily used by many people, both in the daytime and evenings.

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Letters to the Editor

Shedding light on Loyola Bridge project

One of your readers recently raised concerns about the street lighting on the Loyola Bridge replacement project (“Simitian ‘misprepresented’ Loyola Bridge lighting,” Dec. 16).

Our County Roads and Airports Department has confirmed that the three lights in question are consistent with the project plans that were shared with the community. The one light at Frontero was an existing light that was replaced; the other two lights (both sides of Granger) are new lights. These lights are designed to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities requirements.

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The perfect gift: No Shoes, Please

Reflecting on my highlight reel for the year, I think of my two trips overseas: Japan in April, Europe in October/November. I am especially grateful that my husband and I spent our days in Paris a few weeks prior to the terrorist attacks, and it makes me sad to have to say that. It is heartbreaking to think of this unique, historic and breathtaking city as the target of such cold-hearted violence.

But at the time, I was blissfully unaware of any impending catastrophe, therefore had a ball. We also ventured to Switzerland and Spain, the latter being a highlight because my husband has relatives there, and many wonderful meals and memories were shared during that leg of the trip. If Spanish cuisine in general was exceptional, cochinillo (roast suckling pig) in particular was sublime. Even today, my husband recollects and loves that dish so much, it could have been one of his relatives – but for the fact it was slaughtered and cooked to perfection.

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