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A short checklist for 2017: Editorial

A new year brings a new start, and a new to-do list. We have some specific goals in mind for our local leaders:

• Los Altos Civic Center. Let’s get this problem solved once and for all. Whether or not it’s a scaled-down alternative in the wake of big plans residents emphatically voted down in 2015, most agree that the aging, sorry facilities currently at Hillview must go. The city council should tackle this issue head-on in 2017.


A new start: A Piece of My Mind

I attended school for 17 formative years, so I usually think of my personal new year starting in September. The “Happy New Year” greeting in January seemed like a weak attempt to create a festivity amid the darkest time of the year, not related to when real new beginnings were happening.

Editorial: Give the gift of reaching out

The best gift you can give this holiday season is to help someone you don’t know.

Despite what all those car ads with the bows tell you, the spirit of Christmas lies not in materialism, but in the gift of love. Above all else, give your family and friends love. Give help to those who need it. And smile quietly with the satisfaction that you’ve made a difference. No one needs to know. You helped because it was the right thing to do.

No Shoes, Please: Healing massage

 

Twice a month, I get a massage from Josh, who activates a lot of healing in my body. But make no mistake: Josh is no spa date. In fact, his massages are pretty painful. He doesn’t smooth out the knots; he bludgeons them to death with inordinately strong, persistent hands. He breaks down everything: scar tissue, twisted muscles, rumpled ligaments – you name it, he will work at them with hardened fingers until previously frozen tissue becomes pliable and smooth.

Other Voices: Eager to work for LASD students

The recent passage of Measure GG to renew expiring parcel-tax funding for our schools reminded me just how grateful I am to be part of a community that deeply values education.

As I step into my new role on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, I am excited to continue this area’s rich history of academic excellence and tackle issues facing our community. Enrollment growth is far and away one of the most pressing issues. Having served as co-chairwoman of the campaign to pass Measure N in 2014, I am honored to hit the ground running to address this important issue and solidify a long-term plan that can serve current and future generations.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t be offended by ‘Christmas’

The letter “Focus on Christmas excludes non-Christians” (Dec. 14) got me thinking that either political correctness has gone too far or that some people are just so easily offended.

I am an atheist and my wife is agnostic – she hasn’t quite gone to the dark side yet – but we always put up a Christmas tree and have a special dinner on Christmas Day. And we enjoy singing Christmas carols at parties we go to.

Haugh About That?: The gift you can't return

 

With my nimble fingertips ripping through the paper, I couldn’t wait to open my Christmas surprise. Mom had been alluding to it all week – how cute it was, how wonderful it would look on me and that it was the perfect color for my complexion. Throwing the paper onto the floor, I tore the box open, pushed the tissue aside, then gasped in horror.


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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