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Letters to the Editor

Let’s focus on Los Altos’ positives

In response to the notion that Los Altos is a sleepy downtown village lacking vibrancy (“How to make Los Altos a destination,” Nov. 1), this is what we do have: the Festival of Lights Parade, the Kiwanis Pet Parade, the Los Altos High School homecoming parade, the Rotary Club’s Fine Art in the Park, the Arts & Wine Festival, the Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween window painting, Halloween candy hand-outs at shops, the Fall Festival, the Corvette car show, First Fridays and summer music in Shoup Park and at Hillview Community Center.

Within walking distance, we have a post office, a public library, a charming theater, a history museum, a variety of restaurants, two wine-tasting rooms, a drugstore, two grocery markets, gift shops, a florist, a stationery shop, a game shop for the kids and more.


Other Voices: The flag is a symbol, but some symbols matter

 

I read the Oct. 25 “No Shoes, Please” column by Grace Acosta reiterating views that have been propagated in news reports and op-ed pieces for many months: professional athletes sitting or kneeling for the national anthem and presentation of the colors. She claims it is a legitimate use of First Amendment rights and an appropriate forum and method to draw attention to current American social issues.

Other Voices: What went wrong with the First Street Green

Several residents of Los Altos have expressed disappointment about Los Altos Community Investments’ withdrawal of the First Street Green project.

There is a feeling that the city, community and/or council were putting unreasonable obstacles to the project. This is a misunderstanding about what happened that we would like to clear up.

The Villaj Idiut: The joys - and stresses - of yoga

I have a confession to make: I do yoga. Hot yoga.

Yoga is a hilarious paradox. While it is supposed to be the most spiritual, existential, philosophical discipline there is, it is also shockingly stressful.

A Piece of My Mind: Opportunity knocks again

Some decades ago I was a stay-at-home mom, but planning to return to work as soon as my toddlers entered primary school. However, the teaching career I had prepared for was undergoing a slump – the baby boom had become the baby bust, and schools were closing all around. I decided to get re-educated. Fortunately, at that time even a single-income family could afford the $5-per-unit fee for community college.

The local community college offered a special certification as a medical translator, which appealed to me, as it offered a decent work environment and an element of helping people. But the course presumed a knowledge of basic Spanish greater than I had picked up as a kid on the playground. Learning medical vocabulary wasn’t going to be very helpful if I was ignorant of how to fit the words into sentences. Scratch that idea.

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End of LACI project a ‘missed opportunity’

I’m saddened to read the Town Crier article about the First Street office-park project by Los Altos Community Investments being halted (“First Street office-park project abruptly halted – reaction mixed,” Oct. 18).

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Los Altos: The place development goes to die

I was incredibly disappointed to learn that Los Altos Community Investments has decided not to go forward with the First Street Green development. This project would have been transformative for downtown Los Altos, and I’m equally frustrated and appalled by how hard Los Altos made it for LACI to gift us a park.

Los Altos has earned itself a reputation as the place development goes to die.


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.

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