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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 | 14760 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 | 18330 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 | 9919 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 | 13029 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 | 12304 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 | 8437 Views

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Get cars off our streets??

As outlandish as it sounds to me, while there are a number of Palo Alto residents who feel our streets are too crowded (they are!), their solution is to get more...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 20, 2018
Last comment by Personal Corporate Responsibility, on Jun 27, 2018 at 9:29 am | 49 comments | 9227 Views

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Can we do anything about the coronavirus?

Say goodbye to asking your neighbors over for a drink or a BBQ – such activities have suddenly been disallowed by Santa Clara County because of the rising...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 21, 2020
Last comment by Steven Goldstein, on Aug 21, 2020 at 5:19 pm | 49 comments | 15341 Views

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Americans are angrier this year. Are hate groups contributing to the anger?

We Americans are angry, locally and nationally. We have become meaner, more demanding, more defensive and more intolerant. But we also do feel more entitled. This...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 20, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Nov 28, 2021 at 1:40 pm | 49 comments | 8893 Views

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What’s wrong with this picture? PA city manager earns more than the president!

It’s just our money that the City of Palo Alto is spending, so why should we get concerned? But I am, because this week I saw what the city staff and particularly...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 5, 2020
Last comment by Steve Ramsay, on Jul 28, 2020 at 3:49 pm | 49 comments | 18177 Views

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Don’t jump on the single-payer bandwagon yet – we can’t afford it!

Toss away those Medicare and MediCal cards – they will be invalid. Forget about paying your monthly health premium rates – you will no longer be charged for...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 26, 2022
Last comment by maguro_01, on Feb 5, 2022 at 10:54 pm | 49 comments | 6535 Views

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Questions for PA City Manager Ed Shikada

I am contemplating walking through Palo Alto City Hall, clear see-through flag in hand, proclaiming, “Transparency: Now!” Why? Because I am tired of all the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 22, 2022
Last comment by Jason Tang, on Mar 31, 2022 at 2:45 pm | 48 comments | 5945 Views

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Is PAMF running amok?

I don't want to write this, but problems at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are still increasing. For years I have been a very happy patient at their Palo Alto...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 25, 2021
Last comment by P2L1, on Oct 12, 2021 at 6:53 pm | 47 comments | 23018 Views

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Why I am suspicious about PA’s budget cuts

When I first saw a list of proposed cuts the city staff had recommended for the Palo Alto city budget (due to a COVID-19 $38 million loss of revenue), I became suspicious....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 25, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jun 2, 2020 at 2:47 am | 47 comments | 13359 Views

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Do we really have a housing crisis?

The repeated refrain these past several years: We have a housing crisis in town -- we have to build more housing units so more people can live in our fair cities. Most...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 23, 2021
Last comment by Gale+Johnson, on Sep 30, 2021 at 8:16 pm | 46 comments | 12086 Views

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Avoiding Those Partisan ‘Others’

As we celebrate this year’s Fourth of July, I keep on thinking about Americans today and about the terrible partisan divide we have in this country, a divide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 28, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:39 am | 45 comments | 9547 Views

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The uncomfortable downward slope toward more conservative Christian churches

Our Christian churches in the U.S. suddenly seem be not only tilting to the right, but rather sliding down a hill to join with the conservative Republican right...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 22, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Jul 8, 2021 at 9:08 am | 45 comments | 14154 Views

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Super Bowl LIV viewers: Am I a prude?

You can call me a prude, or out-of-fashion, but I was appalled at the half-time show at yesterday’s (Feb. 2) Super Bowl LIV half-time show. And those 89 commercials...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 3, 2020
Last comment by Ellena, on Mar 11, 2020 at 3:46 am | 44 comments | 10983 Views

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Public statues: Up or down? But does the historical importance of the individuals represented matter?

The removal of public statues throughout our country, by supporters of Black Lives Matter and many others, is a growing concern, because what started as a very valid...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 30, 2020
Last comment by Diana Diamond, on Sep 28, 2020 at 9:58 am | 43 comments | 16474 Views

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Is racism also a local problem?

(Note -- this also appeared in print in the 7-19 issue of The Weekly) I write this cautiously because I am a white female, and while I certainly have experienced...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 19, 2019
Last comment by Gale Johnson, on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:46 pm | 43 comments | 10761 Views
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