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Mortgage mania: Other Voices

I have this self-punishing habit of collecting real estate flyers while out walking my dog. I take them home to my husband and we half-laugh, half-cringe at the listed prices. We speculate about the scores of people who will undoubtedly shell out six figures over a seven-figure asking price to own one of these 800-square-foot shacks: Are they nuts?!

Once the veins in my neck stop bulging, I file the offending slips of paper in my circular filing cabinet. Those printed on sturdy card stock earn a reprieve and live among the junk mail Matt and I use to scoop up and re-home errant spiders.


Questions for water district as it prepares to 'ravage' park: Other Voices

 

Rancho San Antonio County Park will be ravaged by heavy construction equipment this summer. The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to flatten approximately 70 trees and dig a huge, useless flood basin, leaving lots of noise and dust in our most heavily visited preserve. Plans were scheduled to go out to bid Tuesday.

Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market is slated to open 4 p.m. Thursday along State Street. It runs every Thursday through September. It’s an opportunity to shop for fresh produce and meet friends.

The good mother: Haugh About That?

With her frail, pencil-thin body lying on the living room couch, I held my mother’s 85-year-old hand as she asked the same question, again: “Honey, was I a good mother?”

Bending over the shriveled frame that once held the sophistication of Coco Chanel and the unconditional love of the Blessed Mother, I kissed her cheek, feeling impatient. Then, looking into her pleading eyes, I reassured, “I don’t know why you keep asking this. You’re the best mother a girl could have.”

It's still about the water: A Piece of My Mind

My husband and I took a road trip a few weeks ago, driving from Los Altos down to Bakersfield on Interstate 5 and then east to Sedona, Ariz., returning via Bakersfield and then up Highway 101.

As far as the Pacheco Pass, the landscape was lyrically green with oaks and buckeyes sporting fresh foliage, and wildflowers filling the crevices between the hills with streams of yellow mustard, buttercups and golden poppies. Rock outcroppings were wreathed in ribbons of late-rising fog like the karst peaks in traditional Chinese landscapes.

Letter to the Editor

Pivotal meeting addresses airplane noise

Today’s airplane noise meeting is a very important one. It is scheduled 7-9 p.m. in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

Shortly, potentially within a month, the regional Select Committee will make a recommendation (or not) to the Federal Aviation Administration on how to fix the noise problem.

Letters to the Editor

LAH history should be documented

I am writing to express an alternative view to that presented in the article regarding the proposed expenditure by Los Altos Hills to expand the anthology that was begun for the town’s 60th anniversary celebration (“Hills anthology project proceeds, but with hurdles,” April 27).

While every town I know of in our area has had its history recorded in one fashion or another, it has taken Los Altos Hills a very long time to recognize the importance of its history. Because of this, we have lost opportunities to interview key people in the history of the town like Artemas Ginzton, Arthur Lachenbruch, Irma Goldsmith, Rex Gardiner and many others who were there at the beginning and shaped the town’s character.


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