Tue09302014

Prepared for the future: Haugh About That?

With my stubby snout smashed up against my plate, I happily licked off the remains of chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. Rooting to polish off the last remnants of my sixth birthday party, life was good until my mother walked in. My pigpen dream was disturbed and my joyfully gluttonous moment destroyed.

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Letters to the Editor

Parents don’t necessarily make better trustees

Regarding your Aug. 27 article, “A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board,” I offer a couple of observations and some background.

Our son attended Mountain View High School from 2005-2009 – a good student academically, played sports and did not get into trouble (at least none that his father and I found out about).

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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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You may have already won!: A Piece of My Mind

There is something irresistible in the idea of buried treasure brought to light. We love to hear about the dusty picture in the attic that turns out to be a genuine Rembrandt, the stock certificate in the bottom of the neglected safe deposit box that has been accumulating stock splits and dividends for decades, the costume jewelry purchased at a garage sale that turns out to be genuine diamonds. We all want to star on “Antiques Roadshow.”

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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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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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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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