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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Afghanistan: Why did this all happen?

==I NOTE: American attention the past few days has focused on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Many of our friends and neighbors are talking about what happened....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 17, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Aug 26, 2021 at 9:06 am | 55 comments | 7934 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Population Growth

The state Department of Finance released population estimates for 2013 on December 12, 2013. Here are some of the key results relating to Bay Area growth. Since...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 15, 2013
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Jan 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm | 54 comments | 31308 Views

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Persky's recall: a loss for our nation's judicial system

Emotionalism won; judicial understanding lost. By a 60-40 margin, Judge Aaron Persky was recalled from office Tuesday. That is an unfortunate loss for our judicial...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 6, 2018
Last comment by Revenge, on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:34 am | 54 comments | 12405 Views

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How Much More Growth Should Palo Alto Allow?

To grow more, or a lot more: That is the question that Palo Alto voters will face in November, when a ballot measure will ask us whether we should cap this city’s...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 25, 2018
Last comment by @GM, on Aug 2, 2018 at 11:04 am | 54 comments | 10770 Views

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Absurdly long waits for doctors' appointments are an escalating health care problem

I don’t know whether I should laugh out loud as I think about the iabsurdly long waits we now encounter in getting a doctor’s appointment -- or bury my head...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 19, 2022
Last comment by Jesus, on May 6, 2022 at 2:21 pm | 54 comments | 5389 Views

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Are our elections unfair? Should we fix them? What will work?

All it took was one sentence on p. 3 of Saturday's, Nov. 7, NYT to finally convince me that my long-held stance on eliminating the Electoral College in the U.S....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 10, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Nov 18, 2020 at 8:38 am | 53 comments | 13952 Views

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What ever happened to honesty in our country?

Whatever happened to honesty in America. Is lying – or relying on so-called “alternative facts” becoming more acceptable? Why? The honesty issue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by waasymoto, on May 10, 2020 at 10:49 am | 52 comments | 17567 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

I Will Vote No on Propostion 23

I will vote no on Proposition 23. AB 32, which this proposition seeks to suspend, will help the California economy, as well as our health, air quality and national...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 25, 2010
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | 51 comments | 70045 Views

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I Will Vote No on Propostion 23

I will vote no on Proposition 23. AB 32, which this proposition seeks to suspend, will help the California economy, as well as our health, air quality and national...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 25, 2010
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | 51 comments | 28067 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

If you do nothing else, do These Three Things

The bad news: The Earth is sick, and getting sicker. The good news: We know how to make it better, and we can all help! Earth Day is this Monday (April 22), so...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 21, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 29, 2019 at 10:27 am | 51 comments | 13342 Views

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Are we too divided as a society? Even locally?

Rigidity. A lack of willingness to change one’s views – or really listen to other people’s point-of-view. It’s happening here in Palo Alto, it’s happening...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 9, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm | 51 comments | 11685 Views

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Such delightful city employee perks

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” William Shakespeare once proclaimed in “Hamlet.” I will soften that considerably, but suggest...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 1, 2020
Last comment by Concerned Palo Altan , on Jun 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm | 51 comments | 12445 Views

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My many questions after such a close election

As I write this, the election itself is over, the results are almost in, no one has been declared a presidential winner yet, and I am left with a series of questions...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 5, 2020
Last comment by TimR, on Nov 12, 2020 at 8:24 am | 51 comments | 9362 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Would you want a wind turbine in your backyard?

After I posted about the use of eminent domain for power...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 14, 2020
Last comment by Dr. René Sternke, on Aug 4, 2020 at 8:16 am | 51 comments | 20578 Views

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Meeting the Federal Deficit Challenge

Last night we met the small dollar and ideologically charged challenge of passing a federal budget for the 2010-11 budget year. Now Americans face the challenge...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 9, 2011
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | 50 comments | 18636 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Meeting the Federal Deficit Challenge

Last night we met the small dollar and ideologically charged challenge of passing a federal budget for the 2010-11 budget year. Now Americans face the challenge...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 9, 2011
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | 50 comments | 3009 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Juggling Renewables

As California pushes to reduce emissions by 40% in the next twelve years, we are increasingly betting on clean electricity. We are electrifying vehicles, electrifying...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 14, 2019
Last comment by Peter, on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:10 am | 50 comments | 16460 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How will Palo Alto plan for, and pay for, massive emissions reductions?

It is not easy for a city to quickly eliminate most of its greenhouse gas emissions, as Palo Alto is learning. Despite paying attention to its emissions for more...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 2, 2021
Last comment by Local Resident, on May 10, 2021 at 10:28 am | 50 comments | 8478 Views

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Please prioritize saving Palo Alto's emptying downtown

Once again, Palo Alto residents are being asked to submit a list of their priorities for the city council to tackle in the upcoming 2022 year. The council has...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 3, 2021
Last comment by Jamie Long, on Dec 9, 2021 at 12:21 pm | 50 comments | 7646 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Two New Thoughts About High Speed Rail

At the end of this blog I invite comments on two thoughts related to high sped rail (HSR) in California: --Will the spread of options like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 30, 2014
Last comment by sally, on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:37 am | 49 comments | 25139 Views
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