Other Voices: Support for climate action runs across political spectrum

Every April, Earth Day and Earth Month have historically stimulated broad political and cultural alignments. The first Earth Day in 1970 brought U.S. Republicans and Democrats together in an effort to protect the environment, and by year’s end, lawmakers created the Environmental Protection Agency and passed the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts. Earth Day 1990 boosted recycling efforts worldwide, paving the way for the unprecedented 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which spawned the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC).

No Shoes, Please: <p>Mea culpa from the pulpit</p>

Sen. John McCain is dying, but as his daughter, Meghan, noted, so is she and so are the rest of us. Therefore, his eventual passing isn’t noteworthy – at least not insofar as the certitude of it happening – because we’re all in the same boat.

Editorial: A high price to pay, but worth it

Forgive us, but we are still reeling from sticker shock. The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District seeks to pass Measure E, a $295 million bond, on the June 5 ballot to expand, improve and update facilities. The district needs only 55 percent of the vote to pass the measure.

Needless to say, that’s a lot of money, even by 2018 standards. Just eight years ago, MVLA asked voters to approve $41.3 million in new bonds to build new classrooms and update facilities. At $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, Measure E would cost voters up to $300 annually on a home assessed at $1 million. (The district’s 2017-2018 figure for median assessed valuation is $939,364.)

Letters to the Editor: Value of community college, quake prep, parks iniative and Persky

Foothill College led to book’s success

Reading Alexander Shebanow’s May 12 column, “I found my voice in community college,” reminded me how an intense five-day-a-week transistor course with lab at Foothill College in the early 1960s changed my life.

It was taught by Ben Lange, a physicist from Lockheed. Using material from that course, I put together a transistor course for Hewlett-Packard’s service department, which ran 7-9 a.m. three times a week for six weeks to teach repair guys how to fix transistorized products. Then Dave Packard asked me to make it into a two-day course for HP’s customers. I did, and it became so popular that there were five of us out full time teaching it across the U.S. and around the world. We did this for five years.

Letters to the Editor: Parks petition & more Persky

Initiative would protect parks, city-owned land

I recently signed the petition to put an initiative on the ballot to protect Los Altos parks and city-owned land.

Obviously the people who started this are forward-thinking and realize the pressures that have led other cities to sell off their parks. As a result, the citizens in these cities have passed initiatives like the one proposed for Los Altos.

Haugh About That?: The tears of a mother

As I walked into the family room, my heart stopped beating. There, in the middle of my new beige carpet, stood my 1-year-old daughter, Lauren, in a puddle of blue paint, smiling brightly. Instantly, my eyes began to sting with the tears that would soon come. We’d saved five years for that new flooring, and now it was ruined. Oh, the joys of being a parent.

Over the past 37 years, the one thing I’ve gotten really good at is crying when it comes to my four kids. It all began when I found out I was pregnant with Michelle. Having been told I may never have children after a miscarriage early in my marriage, you can imagine my ecstasy. Then, nine months later, blood-curdling wails rattled the hospital walls as I delivered her the old-fashioned way, sans drugs. No epidural or oral medication to ease the pain, just a stick between my teeth and Lamaze breathing. Crazy, I know, but back in the early ’80s, I took my new role as Mother Earth seriously. Jenni would soon follow, and my tears of joy became deeply profound.

Other Voices: Community foundations make a difference

Recently there have been accusations of harassment and misconduct at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In light of this news, you may be asking what is a community foundation, and why is it important for a community such as ours?

Community foundations enable residents, private foundations and businesses to strengthen the community through local philanthropy and civic engagement. They are the “people’s foundation,” offering community members the ability to set up funds, start programs, give grants, collaborate and volunteer to address local needs and improve quality of life.

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