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The Villaj Idiut: Independence Day

I will admit that sometimes I stand in the shower and think to myself: If I dropped this bar of soap in a pile of mud, would it be dirty? It is, after all, soap.

And every once in a while I’ll drive down I-5 to Los Angeles and wonder to myself: Why don’t they just make the entire road a rumble strip, and then I’d never lose focus?


Letters to the Editor

Seeking truth about First Street Green

In the Aug. 16 Town Crier, I read a quote from Los Altos Community Investments representative Kelly Snider in the article “First Street Green project heads to city commissions”: “Eighty-seven percent of voters and residents in Los Altos thought a new community gathering area downtown was a good idea.”

I find this questionable. I looked at the current survey the city of Los Altos is doing online now concerning the current temporary Downtown Green and found that when asked, “Would you like to see more public gathering space in downtown Los Altos?” 57 percent responded, “No, I think downtown is just fine the way it is.”

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for reminder to turn off car engines

I applaud the effort to reduce vehicle idling in Los Altos (“Resident’s anti-idling efforts fueled toward clean air,” Aug 9).

I believe people really want to do the right thing. They do not think about the effects of keeping their cars running while they talk on the phone or read emails, etc. They do not think about the harm they are doing to the air, the climate and the health of their neighbors, friends and family. They just need to know and be reminded to turn off the car.

Life in the Hills: My summer of Russia

I didn’t plan it this way. First, back in January, began some rumbling about Russia tampering with the U.S. election. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive orders dismantling all traces of former President Barack Obama’s legislation and impulsive, inflammatory tweets, we were all temporarily distracted. Then came the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to further investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

Amid all of this, my book group read the novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Years ago, I had read “Rules of Civility” by the same author and enjoyed it immensely. I was not, however, prepared for how much I would thoroughly appreciate his next beautifully written, well-researched book. Dense and lyrical, it reminded me of a classic Russian novel written by Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.

Other Voices: A lifetime of advocacy for cycling safety

 

The Town Crier’s amusing “Other Voices” column on cyclists’ clothing (“Bike garb,” Aug. 16) is off-target. Dressing somewhat spectacularly while riding is generally a good idea, as I learned during my 83 years of cycling, riding more than 137,000 miles so far. That includes my rides from Seattle to Boston, and down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. I also have enjoyed rides in various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Through all that, I have never been touched by a motor vehicle.

A Piece of My Mind: Summer camp season

Whenever my summer wanderings take me to Stanford University, that beautiful sandstone and terra-cotta campus up the road, I marvel at the multiplicity of signs directing me to this or that summer camp. There always seem to be squadrons of T-shirted campers on the move, being directed this way and that by polo-shirted counselors, all wearing color-coded lanyards and name tags to make sure that they are getting all of the perks, and none but the perks, to which their campership entitles them.

When I was in my pre-teens, camp was different.

No Shoes, Please: Charlottesville

I’m not quite sure what to say about the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., when a white supremacist rally ended with the death of a counterprotester and two state police officers patrolling the area in a helicopter. I’m a little stunned by the enormity of what we Americans need to reflect on with regard to this horrific set of circumstances, and, at the same time, I am (sadly) not that surprised that it occurred in the first place.

Among the many threads of the story, three stand out to me: when white supremacists came out to claim their “rightful place” brazenly, proudly and confidently; when President Donald Trump neglected to stand firmly against neo-Nazis and other hate groups; and when a president of the United States required coercion to issue a stronger statement so that he might avoid looking like a bigot.


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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