Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 15

‘Watershed’ LA election should dictate direction

The Aug. 1 Town Crier article on the Downtown Vision project highlights what “could” be done to extensively develop downtown Los Altos, should the residents want that for their community. The same can be said about the development on El Camino Real, and possibly at Loyola Corners – a lot could be done to extensively develop those areas should the residents of Los Altos desire that. That is a big question that needs to be answered.

Fortunately, with the upcoming election, it is likely that those questions will be answered. Apparently there will be three candidates on the pro-development side and three on the “retain the Los Altos character” side. The November election will provide residents an opportunity to determine the future of Los Altos. I am a believer in democracy, and the majority should get what they want.

The Villaj Idiut: Switching

I always find it interesting to compare the marital habits of particular couples to, well, mine and my wife’s – if for no other reason than to see how weird everyone is.

One of the habits I’ve become fascinated with is which side of the bed people sleep on – assuming they are actually sleeping in the same bed and not pulling a Ricky and Lucy.

Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 1

New school location is a ‘weird idea’

I’ve read that preliminaries have been approved to put a school in the Kohl’s department store area. What a phenomenal idea! A schoolyard right next to Walmart! Kids can go shopping during recess! Not to worry about traffic, congestion and other distractions!

Now who in their right mind figured that the location of a school could fit in with a major shopping center, a busy movie theater, bustling office buildings, multistory apartments – not to mention an adjacent, monster structure building right across the street (Miller Avenue/San Antonio Road corner) and four corners of busy businesses of all kinds, in all directions?

Haugh About That?: No longer that girl

As I practiced the words that scrolled down the teleprompter, my voice began to tremble with each screwup. “Ugh! Why can’t I get this right?” I moaned. Painful memories from my youth flooded my mind and I broke into tears.

When I was young, I grappled with a learning disability that went undiagnosed. Back in the 1950s, why a child’s brain struggled with academics had yet to be discovered. Instead, you were labeled slow – or worse, stupid. Fortunately, I developed tricks along the way to help me get through grade school, but reading out loud terrified me. Never wanting to deal with the humiliation that came with blunders, each time the teacher called for volunteers to read the next paragraph, I did a nosedive under my desk, praying not to be seen. Sadly, high school was no different.

Other Voices: Blame it on Velcro

On Sept. 28, 1919, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 in a game that lasted 51 minutes – a record for a nine-inning game that has stood the test of time for 99 years.

Baseball’s longest single inning tick-tocked at 1 hour, 8 minutes on May 8, 2004, between the Tigers and Rangers, 17 minutes longer than baseball’s shortest nine-inning game.

Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 8

LA changes evoke call for simpler time

I have been out of town and just now read the July 18 Town Crier. The “Peek into the Past” photo of Clint’s Ice Cream parlor with the ice cream cone on top brought back memories.

My father, who was a lath and plaster contractor at the time, helped build the cone. My first-ever “date” took place at Clint’s for a peppermint ice cream cone. I was in the eighth grade at St. Nicholas School, which was located on Rosita Avenue back then. In 1957, my husband Dave’s Colt League baseball team went to Clint’s after each baseball game. Things were simpler then, as Jerry Clements alludes to in his column in the same issue (“Deteriorating community”).

A Piece of My Mind: The perils of privacy

Facebook has allowed massive distribution of the personal data of its users! Hackers have stolen personal information about customers from retailers and banks! Privacy is under threat!

New European regulations will stifle the growth of social media companies! Regulation will stifle entrepreneurial development of new digital consumer products! Free enterprise is under threat!

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