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Palo Alto: an “all-electric city”? Such a quandary for me

Palo Alto City Council is pushing hard to have this city become “all-electric.” It is an attempt to slow down global climate change. It sounds great,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 19, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:26 pm | 124 comments | 7962 Views

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Is this the kind of America we want to live in?

For more than a decade, I worked in downtown Highland Park, IL daily, in an office on Sheridan Road, just around the corner from where the gun massacre happened...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 5, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jul 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm | 101 comments | 5261 Views

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Do we really need all that new housing?

Suppose that all those pious but earnest urgings by local and state officials over the past few years proclaiming that we need much more housing in this state, particularly...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 3, 2022
Last comment by Kelly Sonderson, on May 13, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 97 comments | 9420 Views

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We must change our gun culture in America

We live in a country in love with guns – significantly more than any other country in the world. Many Americans idolize them. This gun reverence has worsened the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 31, 2022
Last comment by vanessa, on Jul 14, 2022 at 11:02 pm | 81 comments | 8541 Views

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Can you read cursive? Do you know why democratic values are important?

“I don’t read cursive,” the CVS store clerk said to me when I handed my friend’s somewhat undecipherable shopping list over, asking her what she thought...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 12, 2022
Last comment by Ashley Judson, on Apr 19, 2022 at 2:58 pm | 77 comments | 6721 Views

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Keeping things from the public trumps transparency in town

I watched the Palo Alto City Council meeting to the bitter end (12:30 a.m.) of Monday night’s meeting, and, indeed, it was a bitter ending for me, a champion...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 5, 2022
Last comment by Layla Cole, on Apr 18, 2022 at 2:38 am | 72 comments | 7482 Views

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What I Saw on Mulberry Street – and other cultural revisions

Writing about racism in our society today is always a delicate – and sometimes a dicey -- matter. Some people, it seems, are rushing to declare a book as “racist”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2021
Last comment by ariel fleming, on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:40 am | 72 comments | 16010 Views

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He said – she said – who is lying? Justice Brett Kavanaugh or PA resident Christine Ford

Christine Blasey Ford is my new heroine. I am so proud of her that she finally decided to go public about her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 17, 2018
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm | 69 comments | 30051 Views

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Why don’t city officials love my car?

I love my little hybrid gas-sipping silver car, but it’s unrequited love. City officials don’t adore my car the same way I do. They’d prefer to see me walk...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 29, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Nov 13, 2019 at 11:18 am | 68 comments | 10299 Views

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I am a covid coward – and also angry at anti-vaxxers

The reason I obtained my covid shot the second day it was locally available was because I am a coward. I don’t want to suffer through the corona virus --a...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 27, 2021
Last comment by Kristy Keenham, on Aug 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm | 65 comments | 20594 Views

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Do Palo Alto city officials ever, ever have enough money?

Palo Alto has nearly a $1 billion (that’s a “B”) budget scheduled for this coming 2022-2023 fiscal year. That in itself is amazing for a town with a 62,000-plus...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 23, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jun 2, 2022 at 8:52 am | 65 comments | 6644 Views

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Are we losing our common sense?

In our collective concern about coronavirus, some decisions are being made that defy common sense. Our roads are emptier the past couple of weeks, since everyone...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 20, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm | 60 comments | 19956 Views

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Palo Alto’s business tax: A forever tax that we will be paying for

==I “So, what if Palo Alto imposes a business tax on all retail businesses in this city? That’s fine with me if they pay money to run Palo Alto –...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 7, 2022
Last comment by vanessa, on Jul 14, 2022 at 11:04 pm | 59 comments | 6376 Views

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Constantly coping with the virus: We need a total lockdown now

We can't go on like this. Weeks go by, and then months, and instead of getting better, more and more of us have gotten the coronavirus -- or have died. The nationwide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 11, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Aug 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm | 58 comments | 14856 Views

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Sure, the traffic mess in town is a complicated problem, but I want a solution

Wow! Palo Alto’s new Office of Transportation will have 15.5 employees to solve all our traffic problems in our city – that’s a lot of people to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 10, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm | 58 comments | 10626 Views

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The dual dilemma for students and adults – will working from home really work?

The big conundrum facing us this summer and well into the autumn months is: a) should our kids go to school and risk exposure to the corona virus or can they be...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 7, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 23, 2020 at 9:10 am | 56 comments | 13962 Views

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When will this end?

Who would have ever thought that a tiny little virus, a microorganism, would have the wherewithal to cause our entire world to come to a standstill? Hundreds of...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 12, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on May 25, 2020 at 11:25 am | 56 comments | 18053 Views

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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 | 9255 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 | 13442 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 | 11595 Views
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