Letters to the Editor - Week of March 27

Age of retirement becoming younger

Artie Green wrote an interesting article about retirement at 65 or older (“Why is 65 the national default retirement age?” March 6).

But the California debt related to teachers’ retirement versus contributions indicates that teachers’ retirement ages except for colleges may be significantly lower than 65, although years of employment also may be considered. I believe that police and firefighter retirement ages may be a lot younger.


No Shoes, Please: Spring cleaning

Last month, I read that because they couldn’t handle the volume of donations, charitable organizations were forced to set limits on the amount of goods people were bringing in.

This unusual surge in American household spring cleaning was attributed to organizing guru Marie Kondo, who wrote the 2014 best-seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” and hosts her own Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

I'll have what she's having

Slipping into my newest outfit from Lululemon and my matching neon green hiking shoes, hair and makeup ready to go, I prepared for my 6-mile walk from my daughter’s apartment to the Golden Gate Bridge and back again. As I made my way through Fort Mason, then onto Crissy Field, I soaked in the beauty of the magnificent orange bridge ahead. Feeling energetic and alive, I was clipping along at a quick pace when, all of a sudden, a long drink of water flew by me, her gray, shoulder-length hair blowing in the wind from under her baseball cap.

I guessed she was in her early 40s and had decided to create a fashion statement all her own by not dyeing her prematurely silver mane. And sure, at 66 years old, I would fully expect this young babe to be faster. Then she stopped to tie her shoe, and the truth was exposed. This was no spring chicken, but a wrinkled-faced woman well advanced in years.

Other Voices: Students' strike for climate change inspires hope


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High School students take part in the School Strike for Safe Climate Change March 15.

Disappointment. Bubble. Apathy. Hope.

Letters to the Editor: Bike paths and ... a bobcat?

Former commissioner offers path background

Regarding Jerry Clements’ column (“Miramonte bike path: No change,” March 6):

I’m a former member of the Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission (now the Complete Streets Commission) who reviewed the current Los Altos Bicycle Transportation Plan.

Other Voices: Books for Schools fund represents new chapter for teachers

I must describe a remarkable and heartwarming experience that I had a few weeks ago.

What's in a name? Weigh in on anonymity and news comments online

In the print edition of the Town Crier, we’ve long required that letters to the editor include real names, or as close to real as we can verify. Online, we followed a different convention. Any reader could post a comment on our articles using an alias. Some commenters chose to use vague or constantly changing aliases, while others used an identifiable nickname that cloaked their “real life” identity but maintained a consistent voice.


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