Letters to the Editor: Week of July 25

‘Cradle of Liberty’ inspires ‘citizen-soldier’

I was thrilled that Bruce Barton’s excellent story “‘Cradle of Liberty’ inspires gratitude, call to action” (July 11) was featured on the front page of the Town Crier. My husband and I attended the July 4 ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the “Cradle of Liberty” statue’s installation in Shoup Park, and Barton’s article beautifully captured the spirit of that special event.

While all the speakers were moving (Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian’s story brought me to tears), sculptor Rebecca Truman’s speech was so powerful that I left the event feeling inspired to work harder to become, as she put it, a “citizen soldier.”

The Villaj Idiut: Rocket man

I’m not really the type of person to get all freaked out about medical procedures. To me, they are what they are and you just keep moving.

But for years, I had been terrified by the prospect of my first prostate exam. It was as if every trip to the doctor throughout my 40s was a stressful countdown to that inexorable moment when my physician would strap on a glove and give me the look.

Other Voices: Prevent stormwater pollution, preserve our rural aesthetic

Do you live in a neighborhood with no curbs and gutters? Do you enjoy walking in these neighborhoods? Look down these scenic streets and imagine an additional 3 feet of asphalt running along both sides and around every corner.

The Los Altos City Council will soon be asked by city staff to approve a revised Shoulder Improvement Policy (SIP) that addresses the public right-of-way, the area between the city street and private property. The policy continues a requirement for new homes and large remodels to install a 3-foot-wide asphalt drainage swale along the street edge, property line to property line, including around every corner lot.

No Shoes, Please: Mindfulness

Sometimes I wish I could dump the contents of my mind onto a coffee table and rifle through the detritus like I’m scavenging for the prettiest seashells among the shards. I’d collect the best ideas and aspirations, reinsert them in my head, scrap the rest and let the empty space sit as a beautiful expanse that attracts creativity and awe.

Unfortunately, I can’t actually do anything close to that; therefore, thoughts of tasks I need to get to, random observations, insignificant memories and jingles from television commercials of my youth meander around my brain like lost tourists. (“My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R. My bologna has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R. Oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I’ll say, ‘’Cuz Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.’”)

Other Voices: Deteriorating community

We now witness and endure things that weren’t problems 40 years ago: People living in RVs parked on the streets of Mountain View and Palo Alto. Freeways slowing at 3 p.m. People renting rooms in houses because they can’t afford an apartment. Homeless people living along creeks. People taking four hours to get from Mountain View to Davis when it used to take less than two.

Letters to the Editor: Week of July 18

Why can’t MV open city lots to homeless?

In response to the Town Crier article “Lots of Love drives MV’s efforts to curb homelessness” (July 4):

The Lots of Love program claims, “All applicants will be screened to determine whether they are a fit for the program.”

Haugh About That?: My final responsibility

Going through massive amounts of paperwork, my brother Dave and I cringed. How could our father, a brilliant and organized man, leave such a mess with his estate? What Dad thought were simple instructions would take a year, several attorneys, extra money and a judge’s ruling to clear up his intent. Wasn’t losing him suffering enough? The paperwork became pure torture.

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