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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.


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.

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.

Letters to the Editor

LACI dangling carrot to build ‘monster’

May I just throw yet another question out there about the proposed new office building and Green on First Street?

As I walk around town, I ponder anew exactly what “benefits” Los Altos Community Investments is so keen to bring to the city?

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.

Other Voices: Bike garb

More pedal power to anyone who hops on their favorite two-wheeler and takes off down the highways and byways of Northern California or the mean streets of Los Altos. I have no idea how anyone actually completes the Tour de France, let alone the Tour de Grocery Store.

It seems to me that recreational cycling is a much better way to get around the Bay Area while doing your part to squelch the petro-burning damage done every time the key turns in your gas-guzzler. Cardiovascular conditioning is one positive that comes from those uphill climbs. Putting more muscle on the legs makes for quicker breakaways from your local Peloton and elicits the occasional wolf whistle.


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.

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