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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.

Good advice: Haugh About That?

Thrusting the ticket in my face, the grumpy highway patrolman growled over my expired license plate.

Election results: No Shoes, Please

Let me start with this: Donald J. Trump is my president.

That’s not an endorsement, nor is it a metaphor for a larger philosophical or political viewpoint. It’s just a fact. But the fact carries some weight. It makes me ache for my country, and feel deep regret over the ugly rhetoric that was unleashed throughout the campaign. In a nutshell, I’m sad. And that’s just a fact, too.

The soundtrack of my life: A Piece of My Mind

“I feel like I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of my life,” my sister sighed blissfully. We were side-by-side on the bus riding home from Sir Paul McCartney’s concert, which had opened Sacramento’s Golden One Arena.

Poké man

My good friend Mike Quigley, a Los Altos resident, is the chief marketing officer of Niantic, the company that developed the Pokémon Go application that seemingly took over the world upon its launch July 6. The game had half a billion downloads its first two months and became the biggest mobile game launch of all time.

Campaign rhetoric: No Shoes, Please

Nowadays, after I finish watching any news broadcast highlighting the 2016 presidential campaign, I often feel the need to take a bath. Comedian John Oliver summed up this year’s race best when he said, “Look up into the sky. Way up. See that? Above the clouds? That’s rock bottom.” Regardless of whether or not you consider sexual misconduct relevant to the discussion over who wins next month’s election, the topic is now front and center, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.


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