Athos, Porthos and Aramis are completely confused, and so is d’Artagnan. They have followed COVID protocols but are now having a really hard time differentiating the New Normal from the New Different. Is that light at the end of the woods, or are they working their way out of the tunnel?

    ‘Thugs’ comment deserves censure

    It seems like only a few short months ago that Los Altos justifiably swelled with pride in overwhelmingly electing Neysa Fligor as its first Black mayor.

    I have thus found it ironic, yet painfully unsurprising, that a member of our community could, at the Los Altos City Council’s May 11 meeting as detailed in the May 19 issue of the Town Crier, refer to Kenan Moos and his fellow activists as “thugs,” apparently without eliciting further comment or censure, either at that meeting as reported by the Town Crier or in the pages of the Town Crier since the occurrence of those events and the publication of that piece.

    I write at this time to correct that oversight by strongly condemning that remark, and pointing out that no less an authority than the Merriam-Webster dictionary notes that the “use of ‘thug’ by a white person to refer to a Black person is generally understood to … be an offensive insinuation that a Black person can be assumed to be engaged in criminal behavior.”

    I am now forced, perhaps also unsurprisingly, to draw certain unpleasant parallels between the occurrence of these unfortunate events in the wake of Ms. Fligor’s victory and the white supremacist fervor elicited in our national politics since the nation’s landslide election of Barack Obama as its first Black president supposedly showed that America had put its racist past to bed.

    Daniel S. Gonzales

    Los Altos

    Cancel culture draws condemnation

    The “Other Voices” column on cancel culture provides the most lucid and concise explanation of this phenomenon and the serious damage it is doing to our national and local civil discourse that I have yet to read (“Cancel culture comes to Los Altos City Council,” May 26).

    Second, the Town Crier was quite prescient in giving a “thumbs-down” to the city council’s ill-starred idea of passing a “resolution” addressing the Lynette Lee Eng/Kenan Moos dustup: “The council is in a no-win position by issuing a statement on something this divisive” (Editorial, May 26). Too bad for our city that the council plunged ahead in passing this imprudent, deeply flawed resolution. The city council meeting was acrimonious, deeply divisive and the result fetid.

    Mayor Neysa Fligor called for unanimity in passing the resolution in the hope of restoring civility and decorum, which was a noble objective. But the flawed concept of a resolution coupled with its manifestly biased and one-sided content made unanimity impossible.

    Vice Mayor Anita Enander has shown common sense and leadership in this imbroglio, but to no avail.

    She has also made at least one specific proposal for a procedural reform that might help correct some of the dysfunction of our city council: “Enander said the council should make clear that texts and other communications outside public comment during council meetings is contrary to council ‘norms’ and could lead to violations of the Brown Act, the state’s open-meeting law.”

    Let’s hope that Enander’s proposal is adopted.

    John Fennell

    Los Altos

    The ‘write’ stuff makes an impression Some years ago, I had four clients who wanted to connect to the sewers in Los Altos Hills.�The town engineer in charge of sewers was sending them on bizarre errands and asking for useless information. I wrote a letter to City Manager Carl Cahill, informi…

    Group offers to help with council conflict On behalf of Los Altos Community Voices, the statements of the Los Altos City Council members at the April 27 meeting convince us that it is past time for the council to accept responsibility and act with a sense of urgency to take concrete steps to…

    You may have heard that Los Altos is required to build approximately 2,000 new homes in the next 10 years. You may have been hearing about the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation, or RHNA. What the heck is all this? It sounds like a lot.

    The next downtown Los Altos First Friday event, 6-8 p.m. Friday, features a “Dancing in the Streets” exhibition and dance lesson by local youth dance groups at Veterans Community Plaza, followed by music all around downtown.

    A few months into the new administration, the federal government is off to a roaring start on climate change. President Joe Biden signed executive orders related to climate change in his early days in office, and the White House recently introduced a proposal that elevates climate solutions …

    What’s the benefit�of Foothill widening? Has anyone else pondered what benefit we have experienced in the road changes (on Foothill Expressway between San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue) compared to the taxpayer cost and many months of construction and traffic inconvenience?

    A few months into the new administration, the federal government is off to a roaring start on climate change. President Joe Biden signed executive orders related to climate change in his early days in office, and the White House recently introduced a proposal that elevates climate solutions …

    Group shouldn’t imperil�city manager’s job I understand that the main topic of the special Los Altos Hills City Council meeting March 18 had to do with City Manager Carl Cahill’s performance, as did the Feb. 17 special meeting.

    The Cupertino Union School District has served south Los Altos well, providing quality education for generations of students. The sprawling K-8 district extends from Los Altos all the way to Santa Clara and San Jose.

    I was told at an early age that it’s not polite to listen in to other people’s conversations. Unfortunately, I never followed my parents’ advice.

    Not surprised by�accounts of racism I was dismayed but not entirely surprised by the discrimination that Saba Torabian experienced at Los Altos Grill (“Los Altos Hills resident claims racism after forced to leave downtown restaurant,” March 24).