Fri10242014

Letters to the Editor

School lunches leave kids hungry

I could not read the guest opinion about the new school hot-lunch program without commenting (“School lunch: Opportunity to improve health, academics,” Sept. 17).

As one of the many PTA volunteers who dedicate countless hours to running the hot-lunch program, I would like to offer another perspective of the menu changes instituted this year.

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Mordo, Prochnow for Los Altos council: Editorial

For a city council to be effective, it must have councilmembers with useful expertise, community experience and an approach that emphasizes productivity and teamwork over political grandstanding.

The Los Altos City Council, as currently constituted, lacks the overall leadership and vision to effectively address long-standing issues like the downtown parking problem and renovating the civic center. This is not to say that there aren’t good councilmembers already on board – we just need more of them.

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Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

However, there’s always room for improvement. The current board of trustees, some observers claim, is passive and unanimously approves whatever Superintendent Barry Groves puts in front of them. Board critics say trustees rarely introduce their own items for consideration, rarely engage in lengthy discussion about items and ask few questions.

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Jump: Haugh About That?

Perched at the edge of the world, I stood immobile as the hot afternoon wind licked my 10-year-old back. Looking out over the vastness ahead, it was clear: There was nowhere to go but down.

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Vote 'yes' on Measure N: Other Voices

It’s a clear fact: Student enrollment in the Los Altos School District is surging. In the past 10 years, enrollment has increased by more than 1,100 students. Our schools haven’t had this many children since the 1970s, when we had 12 K-8 school sites instead of the nine we have today. Including Bullis Charter School, housed on both junior high campuses, there are 10 schools housed on nine sites with a student population that continues to grow, which is just not sustainable.

Measure N is all about protecting our small schools and avoiding classroom overcrowding in order to keep the top-quality education we expect from our local schools.

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Letters to the Editor

MVLA superintendent refutes Latino statistic

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is proud of the accomplishments of its Latino students and the support that our staff provides them.

In the Oct. 1 Town Crier, MVLA Board of Trustees candidate Doug Moore claimed that there have been no Latino students admitted to Stanford University since 2006.

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Security versus privacy: A Piece of My Mind

Our local morning newspaper on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 included somber memories, such as the inspiring story of a blind worker whose Seeing Eye dog led him and the workers in his office to safety. The headlines also trumpeted a revelation that Yahoo had been required to turn over user data for “national security interests.” When the company refused to comply, hoping to preserve the privacy rights of its users, it was threatened with fines of $250,000 a day. Security outweighed privacy.

A couple of weeks earlier, I had gone to see an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. I was required to open my purse for inspection before I could enter this public building. I went through the inspection with only a minor flash of irritation, though it has been many years since that crazed person slashed at the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I was hardened by the invasive airport searches of both my purse and my person over the past 13 years of air travel, and I had put up with the searches and screening gates at the local courthouse when I wanted to exercise my citizen’s right to observe a trial. And so on. Security outweighed privacy.

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