Other Voices: Proceed with caution

As we travel the byways of our town’s peaceful streets, rutted routes and insane interstates, we are seeing more and more rear-end collisions.

Haugh About That?: All I needed

In an effort to leave our family’s digital history organized and in one place, I spent hours learning how to convert the old VHS videos into DVDs. Being technologically challenged, this was no easy feat. But in the universe’s divine planning, I was granted an intercession by the techie gods above, and soon the transfer from the archaic mode of entertainment to the current would begin.

Editorial: Thumbs-up for the month of June

It’s early June, another election is behind us, school is out, summer is around the corner and we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, whose students will get to enjoy updated and expanded facilities thanks to voters’ June 5 approval of Measure E. The $295 million bond cleared the 55 percent threshold required for passage quite comfortably and, with 67 percent of voters in favor, would have cleared the two-thirds majority required of such measures in the past. As a result, work on upgraded cafeterias, libraries and modernized classrooms is scheduled to begin next year and wrap up in 2020.

Letters to the Editor: gorillas, rat invasion, post office weed patch

Gorilla contact proves conservation danger

I was very interested in the Town Crier’s May 23 article “The great esc-‘ape’” about the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, because I too was lucky enough to visit the gorillas (Kwitonda group) in 2016 with my daughter, Jena, who works for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme.

We were asked to stay at least 7 meters from the gorillas, to avoid stressing them and to reduce the risk of disease transfer; even common colds carried by humans can be deadly to the gorillas.

Letters to the Editor: Parks issue, motorcycle officers, dog parks

What’s to study? Put parks issue on ballot

Thank you to the Town Crier for its recent articles on the parks initiative in Los Altos. From what I’ve read, the group that organized this initiative has met all of the legal requirements for putting this measure on the ballot, including obtaining almost twice the number of signatures necessary.

Why does the Los Altos City Council talk about “studying” the measure and producing their own “counter initiative”? Put it on the ballot and let we the people study it and vote on it. That’s how democracy is supposed to work.

The Villaj Idiut: Haunted house

What you are about to read isn’t at all how I envisioned this column turning out.

This column was supposed to be feel-good, nostalgic, sentimental, a circle-of-life tale.

Other Voices: LASD sponsors online forum to address overcrowding

The Los Altos School District invites the community to share its perspectives through a convenient and confidential online forum called ThoughtExchange, which is a critical next step in our bold collaboration with the city of Mountain View to provide a 10th school site. We want your perspectives because we believe that the district will best serve the needs of all of our students and community with the new school when everyone’s voices are heard.

Your participation will help us resolve school overcrowding for decades to come. Current student enrollment exceeds 5,000 students, including Bullis Charter School – a level last reached in the 1970s when we had 12 school sites rather than the nine we have now. We house 10 schools on nine sites, with Bullis Charter School sharing campuses with Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools.

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