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A step back in time: A Piece of My Mind

The Anderson Valley, centered in Boonville in Mendocino County, is so remote that linguists used to visit to study “Boontling,” the dialect spoken by the inhabitants when keeping secrets from outsiders. The valley is accessible only via twisty and nausea-inducing Highway 128 at one end and the narrow “Tunnel to the Sea” through a second-growth redwood forest along the Navarro River on the other end. But if you make it over the pass, you will feel as if you have gone back in time and space to the Napa Valley as it was a half-century ago.

Here in late May, the rolling hills are just finishing with spring, looking like sun-faded green velvet curtains dropped in heaps.


Falling in love with an abuser: Other Voices

Following is the first in a three-part series on domestic violence.

A retreat – and then a charge?: Editor's Notebook

Most companies tend to schedule retreats once a year. The Los Altos City Council has held two over the past six months.

There was good reason to organize the latest one, however. A lot had taken place – and not taken place – between the January retreat and the one held June 18.

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American Legion supports Veterans Plaza

American Legion Post 558 fully supports the renaming of Community Plaza to honor the men and women who have served our country honorably in response to direction from our commander-in-chief, the president.

Those who have served know well that the use of military power is a last resort to protect our interests after all other instruments of national power, such as political and economic measures, have failed. Veterans know, more than anyone, the lasting physical and emotional impacts of serving in wartime and do not relish this experience nor wish anyone else experiences it. Despite this, our veterans were always ready, when they were in uniform, to respond without question, to direction from the president, often at the possible cost of their lives.

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Los Altos coyotes must be removed

There have been several coyote attacks in highly populated areas, in broad daylight, in the South Clark Avenue area of Los Altos recently.

These aggressive hunter-scavengers represent a clear danger, not only to pets, but to children and fragile adults. Humans that are bitten or even nipped could be required to undergo the rabies prophylaxis regimen.

Pay now or pay later: Editorial

As we head into the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are reflecting the current healthy economy with healthy budgets.

An increase in property taxes, which account for much of the local budgets, has Los Altos filling positions left vacant since the 2008 recession. Mountain View is hiring an additional 24 staffers to handle the deluge of projects accompanying the city’s phenomenal growth.

Orlando: No Shoes, Please

Last week I watched an interview with six surgeons who had cared for the wounded and dying in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, during which gunman Omar Mateen shot approximately 100 people.

One doctor noted that assault weapons such as the one used by Mateen fire bigger bullets faster than handguns or civilian-type firearms. The resulting wounds inflicted are worse, the tissue damage more extensive.


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