Other Voices: The global language of sports

Sports is an industry that has never been compared to supersymmetric quantum mechanics. It hasn’t been awarded any Nobel Peace Prizes. However, I believe it is one of the five global languages, joining music, visual arts, religion, science and dance. For the most part, sports is civilized, but we are starting to see some fraying around the edges both on the field and in the stands.

Our media-driven society deals with instant affirmation and even speedier deconstruction. Today’s world of multimedia attention spans is measured in nanoseconds. We seem to care more about the skinny on the Kardashians than the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. Lady Gaga wearing a meat dress gets more ink than our crumbling education system. Players, coaches, owners and fans don’t think the rules pertain to them. It’s time to reflect on why we love sports and get a grip on treating the game and each other with respect.

No Shoes, Please: A thousand cranes

Rei Kubokawa, fashion designer and founder of Comme des Garcons, is known for her avant-garde designs and taciturn demeanor. She has been described as intense, deep and serious; she refers to her annual runway collections as “an exercise in suffering.” When asked how she would like to be remembered, Kubokawa’s response was, “I want to be forgotten.”

She is so Japanese.

Haugh About That?: My world of imagination

On a recent trip to Stanford Shopping Center, I found myself in a terrible traffic jam. No, not the frustrating kind on today’s freeways where we grit our teeth to hold back building road rage, but unnerving just the same. I was hungry and on a mission to get some Pinkberry frozen yogurt before perusing the stores when I found myself stuck behind a crowd of people moving at a snail’s pace.

“What is going on?” I grumbled, wondering if there were a demonstration of sorts up ahead. “I don’t have time for this.”

Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneously believe that idling is better for their engines, and saves gas and money. In fact, the opposite is true, and this ordinance will help set these drivers straight.

Idling is rampant and selfish. Particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions from idling get into the lungs of our children when parents idle their engines waiting to pick them up from school, or when diesel trucks at construction sites leave their engines running for no apparent reason and turn the air brown.

Letters to the Editor

First Street Green offers ‘sensible growth’

Having had the experience of serving on the Los Altos City Council for approximately 12 years, I have reviewed many requests for approval of major projects. However, I have never witnessed the review of a project with as many community benefits as currently being proposed for the First Street Green.

This project will be located on First Street, replacing a section very much needing to be upgraded. It is being designed to be generously compliant with all boundary setbacks and would have a maximum height of 44 feet, which is in excess of the current height limit and would require a variance. The new building has excellent architectural features and would have 77,000 square feet of high-quality office space. All parking would be underground.

Other Voices: Retail is far from 'dead'


The Aug. 30 Town Crier article on the Downtown Vision project, “Downtown visioning scenarios lack vision, critics say,” included a comment from the previous week’s Los Altos City Council meeting: “Because we all know retail is dead. … Let’s stop that fantasy.”

Other Voices: Reframing the vision of downtown Los Altos


How do you measure vibrancy for a downtown area? And what does “vibrancy” mean, anyhow?

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