Fri04292016

Juvenile invention: The Villaj Idiut

I run a Farmers Insurance agency here in town, and I have to say, it always shocks me when clients call up and ask, “Why is it so expensive to insure my teenager?”

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Outgoing mayor looks back on the year: From the Mayor's Desk

It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as your mayor of Los Altos for the past year. What’s it like being the mayor? There are lots of fun ceremonial events, like riding in cool cars in parades, cutting ribbons for new businesses and attending many special events as the representative of Los Altos.

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Measure A: Moving forward: Other Voices

Moving forward, let’s start with solid, accurate data.

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Letters to the Editor

Rearranging bike lanes won’t solve problem

Regarding the Nov. 3 death of a cyclist at the Page Mill Road/I-280 interchange, some think that rearranging bike lanes will fix the problem, but they are dead wrong. Bike lanes provide only imaginary safety and are a waste of paint.

My cycling career began approximately 25 years before bike lanes began appearing, and everything had worked fine as long as the right lane was wide enough for motorists to pass cyclists safely. Then some dimwit cyclist imagined that painting a line on the pavement would somehow protect him or her and sold that idea to others who live in fantasy worlds.

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Letters to the Editor

Bikeable city creates responsibility for all

Thank you to Emily Cai for stating so clearly in her letter how important it is to do just that – drive carefully (“Drive safely – lives are on the line,” Nov. 4).

If we needed more reminders, the recent pedestrian fatality on El Monte Avenue and the student struck while crossing San Antonio Road at Pine Lane should be more than enough to bring this lesson home.

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'Tis the season: Here's the reason to give gift of life: A Piece of My Mind

My brother is not allowed to donate blood. He contracted hepatitis while serving in Vietnam.

My brother-in-law is not allowed to donate blood. He was exposed to malaria during his Peace Corps tour in Cameroon.

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Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last month. Before anyone could react, a stunned and abashed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – who had been standing next to Lavrov – put up both hands as if to ward off blows from the audience of reporters in the room, then both men immediately exited.

I had intended to write on a different topic before I saw the video clip of this astounding display of sexism and disrespect. How is it that a high-ranking, well-educated representative of a modern country addresses in such a condescending (maybe even vulgar) manner any woman in a professional setting – one in which she is asking a legitimate question at an appropriate time?

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