Flight path problem requires creativity

The Town Crier’s article “FAA decision on flight path draws censure” (Aug. 4) quoted a Federal Aviation Administration administrator saying, “The FAA cannot design routes according to community criteria or condition.”

Ignoring a problem, especially one that you created in the first place, does not make it disappear. Nor will any amount of further study (55 months and no action; really?).

Perhaps it is time to find a way to introduce some of the initiative and creativity that is bringing us self-driving cars and private space flight to address issues of excessive aircraft flight noise, which, after 18 months of relative calm, is now about to come “roaring back.”

Carl Stehle

Los Altos

Remove concrete obstruction from street

The other day I was driving south along El Camino Real and, making a left turn onto Castro Street, nearly collided with a parabolic piece of concrete not attached to the divider strip but jutting out beyond the walkway for pedestrians.

This is a serious threat to drivers. It should be removed immediately before a serious accident occurs.

Tejinder Uberoi

Los Altos

Expressway design better than before

In the July 28 Town Crier, Ted Simon’s “Word on the Street” interview asks, “Is Foothill Expressway safer for cyclists after the newly completed construction?” Half of the six pictured cyclists claim that the right-hand turn from southbound Foothill onto El Monte is dangerous, but that is nonsense – it is safer than most intersections and better than it used to be.

I am pleased to see that five of the six pictured cyclists are wearing strong bike helmets, which I caused. I entered that sport in 1933 at age 3 after being given a kids’ trike for my birthday and have continued ever since, even though I am now 90 years old. I got involved in bike racing in 1972 and also began officiating at related events.

In 1984, I officiated at the Olympics in Los Angeles and discovered that the American team had unethically indulged in blood doping. After confirming that there was no rule against that, even though the U.S. Olympic Committee pretended otherwise, I got one adopted, which soon spread around the world and eventually nailed Lance Armstrong and his crooked colleagues. I eventually got a strong helmet rule adopted in 1986, but I temporarily lost my seat on the U.S. Cycling Federation’s national board because of my advocacy.

Nevertheless, that rule also soon spread around the world, including professional cycling and the Olympics, and recreational cyclists then adopted it in much of the world. As a result, thousands of lives have been saved. I am proud of that and will continue to work toward safety and honesty in the sport.

Lester Earnest

Los Altos Hills