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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.


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.

Letters to the Editor: Los Altos should welcome people of modest means

Stop development on First Street

Regarding the proposed First Street Green:

(1) We don’t need more office space downtown. The development on North San Antonio Road and along the El Camino Real corridor already chokes us.

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.

Haugh About That?: On being modern

As I opened the box with a picture of a half-eaten apple, excitement surged. Soon my life would have speed and efficiency.

My current laptop was old, tired and moving at a snail’s pace. Like that cliche known as a midlife crisis, I needed a younger, newer model to make me feel alive again. But as I turned it on, my joy quickly dissipated. The internet connection in my new apartment was not recognizing the password and wouldn’t allow me to change it on my own. I needed help.

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.

Editorial: The dog days of August – thumbs-up

In the wake of recent events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos. The agency, helping those in need since 1957, recently partnered with the city of Mountain View to serve the area’s growing homeless population. Now, in the wake of CSA’s 60th anniversary celebration last Saturday, CSA’s help is needed more than ever.


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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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