"Gee, I don't see what all the fuss is about. If libraries really are the great investment that proponents say the 23 studies report, they pay for themselves and throw off enough extra money to fix the streets and give all our hard working employees a raise -- just using the money we're spending on them now.
I mean, we're spending northwards of $5 million/year for libraries now under almost any reasonable estimate of the budget figures. We should be getting $20 million return/year on it according to those 23 studies. We can use that to pay for that new branch they want in 3 or 4 years, and then this great profit can be paid back into the treasury to pay for our infrastructure needs, etc. after that."
Posted July 7 at 3:58 p.m. by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood:
"Just because something didn't work in the 70s, doesn't mean that it won't work now. We are a different Palo Alto like we are different Americans. Back in the 70s gas was cheap and it was hard to get an American out of the car. Now we are more energy conscious, exercise conscious and for many of us, have spent time in other cultures where walking from store to store is the norm and pleasant. Yes, some traffic re-routing would have to be worked round to get cars across the railroad and yes some elderly and handicapped residents may need some extra help carrying packages or perhaps a golf cart type service could be organized at certain times, but I think we would get used to it.
"I visited the glass and clay festival today. Parking was terrible, but I saw many elderly and handicapped people enjoying the festival. We should give the elderly and handicapped more credit, they do get out and about and do not need to park outside every store they visit. To be honest, I am sure that in downtown Palo Alto it is very rare for them to find a parking space right outside the store they are visiting."
Posted July 6 at 7:17 p.m. by S of Oregon Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood:
"I was talking to a friend today who had moved from my neighborhood to North of Oregon. This meant that they had changed leagues in baseball. They told me that there is a huge difference in attitudes. When they lived here they felt it was all about having fun, learning the game, and very even balanced. Their opinion changed when they moved to the other side of Oregon (which makes a difference in baseball). They found that the teams on the north were much more competitive, more aggressive in style and not as laid back. Families were willing to spend more money on specialized training and the goals of the players were very different from what they were used to.
"If this is just Little League, then I wonder if the difference in attitudes to the athletic programs at (Paly and Gunn) are similar?"
Posted July 5 at 3:44 p.m. by Andrew L. Freedman, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood:
"Having served as a Marine during the end of the Nixon administration, I recall that there was a drop in the level of celebratory patriotism. As mentioned in my earlier post here, I celebrate the Fourth of July by going to the Annual Palo Alto Chili Cook-off.
"Watching the History Channels programming on the events that led up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence gave me new insight about what the Fourth of July is commemorating. And I can certainly understand one wanting to draw a distinction between that great event with that of the current administration."
Posted July 6 at 9:56 p.m. by Patricia, a member of the Gunn High School community:
"I knew Albert (Hopkins) for many years as my basketball coach at the Palo Alto YMCA. He was always happy to see me and we became close friends. When I entered Gunn and saw him walking to the Academic center, smiling and always ready to work. He was a great person for the community and I will dearly miss him. I felt like I could do anything when I received his smiles. It'll be hard not seeing him anymore. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family and friends."