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It's all good: Other Voices

I recently witnessed an interaction between law enforcement and two youths, one that is light-years away from what the media has chosen to focus on. One that highlights goodness on both sides. One that happens time and again. One that is underreported. The two youths and the police officer involved in this situation are to be commended.

I pulled up to a bank to make an ATM deposit Aug. 23 in downtown Los Altos. Two boys were skateboarding in the parking lot. They paused to let my car pass, then resumed their tricks with laughter and enthusiasm. I looked at my watch with dismay. It was 10:45 p.m. As I stepped out of my car, I saw a police car slowly drive by. So did the two youths, who both appeared to be junior-high age. Police car, coincidental? I wasn’t sure, but I was glad “the car” seemed to notice the kids. Bingo. The officer’s car stopped behind the parking lot and I heard the boys say, “Uh-oh,” as I stepped out of my own car to approach the ATM.

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Letters to the Editor

Los Altos should honor horses’ legal rights

When Los Altos was incorporated, there were five stables within town limits. The city council, dominated by realtors and developers, kicked the horses out and banned them from the streets because they didn’t fit with their “bedroom community” fantasy. The town of Los Altos Hills incorporated shortly thereafter in order to preserve their right to keep horses.

However, what the city of Los Altos failed to notice when it passed the ban on horses on roads is that such a ban is a violation of the state vehicle code. The law has no ground to stand on.

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Consider cost of community pool

The Los Altos Pool Foundation flier paints an attractive picture of a community pool but omits one key fact: the cost.

Pool enthusiasts base their presentation on Menlo Park’s Burgess Pool, which is leased to an outside firm that assumes sole financial responsibility for operation, maintenance and expenses (including locker rooms and showers) and utilities including electrical, gas and water.

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Back to school, back to thumbs: Editorial

The kids are back in class at our local schools and a new political campaign season is underway, so we have our thumbs out and ready to go.

Thumbs-up: To last week’s community workshop for rebuilding the Los Altos Community Center. The Aug. 19 event drew a sizable crowd of residents who shared their ideas on what should be built not only at the community center, but also on the entire 18-acre civic center site. It was a nice effort by the city in bringing the community together.

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Whom can you trust?: Haugh About That?

Waving my pink poodle skirt with all the fervor of a matador preparing to tease a raging bull, I blinked my 20-year-old eyes and gave a come-hither look to indicate, “I’m ready!” Little did I know that the blind trust I had in this moment of divine faith would be shattered with one short twirl.

In 1972, I was spreading my theatrical wings in the musical “Mame” at the University of San Francisco. Wildly dancing the jitterbug under intense lighting, the routine was perfectly choreographed, from the flip of my blond curls to the syncopated tap in my toes. We’d practiced the number flawlessly over and over, but as Murphy’s Law would have it, there are exceptions to any given rule.

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Adventures in hugging: No Shoes, Please

A couple of months ago, a friend recommended that I go see Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, or, as she’s better known, Amma, the “Hugging Saint” of India. Amma (“Mother”) was on a U.S. tour at the time and had been scheduled for several Bay Area appearances. I was vaguely familiar with Amma’s work, having seen a “60 Minutes” piece on her several years ago. In a nutshell, Amma hugs people: impoverished people, people in the aftermath of a natural disaster, people who need emotional support for any reason, dramatic or mundane.

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Preserve Los Altos parks: Other Voices

Los Altos parks are gems, offering our kids an active alternative to computers and video games and our seniors an oasis of tranquility and beauty.

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