Letters to the Editor

FAA should retain BSR flight path

Hopefully you have noticed a substantial reduction in jet noise over the last week or so. Not perfect, but a lot better.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration made a programming error that “forced” them to return to the original flight path, BIG SUR (BSR), which gave us quiet jet traffic for more than 40 years. This is the flight path our representatives, and the FAA, agreed to shift back to. Unfortunately, the FAA plans to fix the glitch and shift us back to the noisy SERFR flight path. This is scheduled for March or April.

Letters to the Editor

Bird exhibition proves a feather in museum’s cap

It’s the year of the bird, and the Los Altos History Museum timed it perfectly with the exhibition “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway.”

Open now, the display explores the seasonal migration of millions of birds navigating by instinct. Sadly, the birds face habitat loss, pesticides and a changing climate, and many species will become extinct.

Letters to the Editor

Cyclist longs for day leaf blowers banned

I’m disappointed that the Los Altos Hills City Council decided against banning gas-powered leaf blowers, especially given the current data regarding the extreme noise levels and health risks associated with these blowers (“LAH council throttles proposed leaf-blower ban,” Jan. 31).

According to the article, the noise emitted by the “two-stroke” machines is 100,000 times louder than Los Altos Hills’ 50-decibel exterior noise-level standard. In addition, gas-powered leaf blowers are linked to cardiovascular disease and lung cancer due to their stirring up of particulate matter. Furthermore, their carbon dioxide-emitting engines contribute to climate change, which also can have serious health consequences for humans.

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