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A penny for your thoughts

Every year before school begins, we take our boys to Pajaro Dunes for the day, one last hurrah before the craziness begins.

Picture the scene: kicked back on a beach blanket with the sun shining high and a cool breeze dusting your face. The sound of beach music eases your tension as the waves crash on the shore and a tongue of water trickles teasingly up toward your nimble toes. You can sense the gentle hum of an outboard engine from a boat easing across the horizon, while seagulls call to each other as they dance in the skies above. Your children laugh with one another as they throw a football and dive into the soft sand with carefree abandon.

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A different story

In 1997, I sold my business and vowed to stay active in retirement. I was 69 then and fortunately had lots of interests, but I especially liked making things out of wood and fixing things. The latter led me to become a “Gentleman Handyman,” and I soon developed a bit of a following around town. That ultimately led me to volunteer to do repairs for seniors through the Los Altos Senior Center, and I became one of the more prominent “fixers” among that group of like-minded folks, performing all kinds of small repairs for free.

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Letters to the Editor

Loyola Bridge causes congestion on Oakhurst

As an Oakhurst Avenue resident, I have the misfortune of living on the street transformed into the main road during closures from the Loyola Bridge construction.

This construction has led to extreme congestion and patrons speeding down the road at 50 mph. Already, I’ve witnessed a number of close calls, with lucky drivers avoiding car accidents. And, this construction will not be completed within mere weeks, but rather a planned arduous nine months or so before its completion.

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Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Warning: Useless flood basin ahead

Our water and fire agencies receive much attention (and scrutiny) during the hot, dry days of summer – water for the lack of it and fire for its widespread destruction. During this extreme drought year, we are deluged with water conservation mandates as wildfires rage out of control.

Our visceral reaction to flood-control efforts in the wake of the ongoing drought is one of incredulity. Flood control? Are you kidding me?

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Final input prepares LASD for enrollment-growth action: Other Voices

As the recent series of community forums confirmed, a variety of actions will be needed to address enrollment-growth challenges facing the Los Altos School District. These forums and other community input help the board of trustees understand which options should be part of the mix.

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Letters to the Editor

Solar clothes drying evokes memories

Allyson Johnson’s delightful “A Piece of My Mind” column (“My solar clothes dryer,” Aug. 5) left out the most wonderful part of drying clothes on the line – the fresh smell air-dried laundry has.

Children raised on dryer clothes will initially react to the stiffness of air-dried laundry, but after a while, they adjust.

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