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Airplane noise recommendations solid: Editorial

Check out this crazy scenario: The U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration, which implemented the new NextGen flight path system to benefit the airline industry, essentially created a nationwide problem by forgetting to consider the impact of such a change on people on the ground.

The subsequent increase in airplane noise spurred millions of protests in metropolitan areas across the nation. Noise generated by flights into and out of San Francisco International Airport alone generated hundreds of thousands of complaints and spawned the organization of dozens of protest groups.

My trip to the moon: Other Voices

Courtesy of Connie LeBaron
Connie LeBaron poses for a picture at Kennedy Space Center in this photo from the 1970s.


I took a trip to the moon. Well, in spirit, anyway.

Election results: No Shoes, Please

Let me start with this: Donald J. Trump is my president.

That’s not an endorsement, nor is it a metaphor for a larger philosophical or political viewpoint. It’s just a fact. But the fact carries some weight. It makes me ache for my country, and feel deep regret over the ugly rhetoric that was unleashed throughout the campaign. In a nutshell, I’m sad. And that’s just a fact, too.

Water district protecting us from imaginary floods: Other Voices


The Santa Clara Valley Water District is set to award a contract to dig a flood basin in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. District officials claim that it is needed to protect local residents from a 100-year flood.

To improve downtown parking, a little restriping could mean a lot: Editor's Notebook

Change for change’s sake is rarely good, but good change is called progress. The problem is, when it comes to planning the future of downtown Los Altos, what’s good and progressive has been the subject of great debate.

We’ve clung to the dated moniker “The Village” as if it still means what it did in the 1960s. It doesn’t. Thousands of daily car trips along San Antonio Road, Edith Avenue and Foothill Expressway create a kind of white-noise moat around an old fortress that not enough shoppers seem to penetrate.

In search of trees: Other Voices

There weren’t any trees. That’s how it looked to me when I arrived at Stanford University. I had come with a fellowship for a doctorate in modern British history. Home was in Missouri, college in New York, both were in river valleys. I was used to an environment of deciduous trees: maples, elms, oaks, apples. I was used to a red and gold October.

Where were the trees? Palm Drive into Stanford, of course, but palms are really giant grasses, not trees. The eucalypti were fragrant and mysterious in the fog. They were as much alien to the Bay Area as I. My parents and I had driven cross-country from St. Louis in the orange Camaro convertible my father had given me for graduation (over my mother’s objections). We stayed a few nights in Yosemite. There I saw trees.

Letters to the Editor

Consider impact of First Street Park

Although the proposed First Street park looks attractive initially, I do have concerns regarding this development. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the plans when they were on display. However, my understanding was that underground parking would replace the existing spaces and a green open area would create the park.

The local impact: loss of parking for an indeterminate period during construction; escalation of noise; additional congestion if the park becomes a site for outdoor daytime and evening events; and need for a higher level of security at night.

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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