Letter to the Editor

Report low-flying aircraft noise

Los Altos residents have noted the dramatic increase in low-flying aircraft over Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto. The Federal Aviation Administration has arbitrarily changed landing patterns for San Francisco International Airport, and it directly affects Los Altos residents.

If you love living in the flight path of an airport, congratulations, you have your wish – enjoy the pollution, noise and lower home values.


Charlie Hustler: The Villaj Idiut

I don’t understand why Pete Rose so badly wants to be in the Hall of Fame.

Oh, I get the concept of why he wants to be in the Hall of Fame. But I don’t understand the reality of it.


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.


We Are Americans: Poetry Corner

Once upon a time, America was strong and united


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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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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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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