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Read the fine print: Vote responsibly: Editorial

The filing date for candidacy is over. This is where you come in. Voters must start their homework early in what promises to be one of the busiest and most controversial general elections in recent memory.

With a Nov. 8 ballot chock-full of national, regional and local races, we can easily get distracted by the noisiest national voices and ignore those closer to home, those whose outcomes may impact us the most.

Taking a field trip: Haugh About That?

With my Barbie lunch box filled with extra treats and my play clothes freshly pressed, I headed to school, ready for a day of excitement. It wasn’t often that St. Charles Grammar School allowed its students’ free dress. It was even rarer to go on a field trip.

Peek into the Past


Lifelong Los Altos resident Lucille Bleibler Liewer (1906-2005) receives the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award at a 1983 event.

Editorial Illustration

Illustration by Rhonda Mak. Mak is a Town Crier editorial intern.



Bulk insanity: The Villaj Idiut

I went to Costco the other day, and I turned on my MapMyRun app to see how far I had gone.

This was a pretty modest trip, really. Some meat, milk, wine, water, vegetables, cereal. I couldn’t find one thing on this trip and had to backtrack once.

Letters to the Editor

Sophomores don’t need to take AP classes

Why are high school students in local schools so stressed? Maybe because they and their families believe advice like that in the Town Crier’s “Road to College” column that sophomore year is the time to take an AP class (“Start the school year with college readiness in mind,” Aug. 3).

These classes are intended for juniors and seniors. Anxious parents pressure schools into admitting their younger children into AP classes, and kids figure they must meet the “challenge” or they will not be able to compete for college admission.

Outside-the-box solutions for LASD enrollment growth: Other Voices

How do we wisely spend the Los Altos School District’s $150 million bond to best address enrollment growth in our public schools?

I currently sit on the Measure N Citizens Oversight Committee. I have observed the 20-plus-months-long process the district has embarked on with no real progress to date. November of this year will mark the two-year anniversary of the passage of the bond. In my view, we still do not have a well-thought-out plan.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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