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Editorial: December already, and we're all thumbs

Hard to believe, but we’re already into the month of December and heading toward the end of the year. It’s been a busy time in the wake of last month’s election, holiday activities and some key ongoing issues our local officials continue to grapple with. So without further ado, we offer the following thumbs:

Thumbs-up: To the volunteers of the wonderful Festival of Lights Parade Association for putting on arguably the best event of the year in downtown Los Altos. This year’s event, held Nov. 27, featured more than 60 entries, including the new circus-themed train sponsored by the Town Crier. Our publisher Paul Nyberg donned his engineer’s suit and steered the train along the parade route, lined with one of the biggest crowds in recent memory. Thanks to the loyal parade organizers, the parade provides great entertainment, especially for the little ones, and usually goes off without a hitch. The annual parade is a big part of what makes Los Altos special, and we shouldn’t take it for granted.


The last hundred years: A Piece of My Mind

Some time back I stumbled across a binder that my mother had created when she took a class on writing memoirs back in 1998. At that time, I remember she tried to interest me in her writing, but I was busy and just nodded, glad she had found something to interest her after my father’s death. Now that her memories are fading, I found myself sitting down to read every word. In August 1998, she looked back on “The Last Hundred Years”:

“In 1919, just a few years before I was born, Jeanette Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote, was finally ratified by both houses of Congress. Women can now get credit cards without the signature of their husband.

Airplane noise recommendations solid: Editorial

Check out this crazy scenario: The U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration, which implemented the new NextGen flight path system to benefit the airline industry, essentially created a nationwide problem by forgetting to consider the impact of such a change on people on the ground.

The subsequent increase in airplane noise spurred millions of protests in metropolitan areas across the nation. Noise generated by flights into and out of San Francisco International Airport alone generated hundreds of thousands of complaints and spawned the organization of dozens of protest groups.

Other Voices: Time for a plan

Two years ago, taxpayers in the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View approved a $150 million bond to help solve the immediate and real capacity issues the Los Altos School District faces.

In the two years since taxpayers agreed to fund this endeavor for the district, district officials have suspended the Facilities Master Plan Committee, spent or leveraged more than 5 percent of the total and produced only one option: a proposal to purchase the 3.79-acre office complex at 5150 El Camino Real. That option was called “dead on arrival” by Trustee Pablo Luther and prompted a letter from Bullis Charter School leadership that clearly communicated their displeasure with the notion that it could somehow be made reasonably equivalent.

My trip to the moon: Other Voices


Courtesy of Connie LeBaron
Connie LeBaron poses for a picture at Kennedy Space Center in this photo from the 1970s.

 

I took a trip to the moon. Well, in spirit, anyway.

Other Voices: In defense of 'The Village'

 

While I have great respect and fondness for Town Crier Editor-in-Chief Bruce Barton, I was surprised by his Nov. 23 Editor’s Notebook (“To improve downtown parking, a little restriping could mean a lot”). While 100 percent of the Nov. 23 Letters to the Editor section opposed the downtown park, Barton’s column supported the proposal with specious arguments. And apparent disregard for what the residents want.

Water district protecting us from imaginary floods: Other Voices

 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is set to award a contract to dig a flood basin in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. District officials claim that it is needed to protect local residents from a 100-year flood.


Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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