Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - December 2, 2011

Letters

Finding balance

Editor,

Congratulations to Ms. Lobdell for her excellent stories (Nov. 18). A purposeful life is very important, but so is a financially successful one. Helping kids (and adults) find the balance between these two, often conflicting goals, that works for them is very important. Perhaps the most important skill anyone has is: to prioritize. The "why" questions (noted in the articles) only help us if we can prioritize. That means making our own decisions. That is where school may be disabling. The track to a "good" college is often a way to avoid real decisions.

Ken Krechmer

Greer Road

Palo Alto

Dine For Kids

Editor,

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) is so excited to have celebrated its Eighth Annual Dine For Kids event! PACCC is deeply grateful to the event supporters — 34 amazing restaurants, many generous business sponsors (including the Palo Alto Weekly), PACCC's terrific staff, board of directors, its devoted families, and the hundreds of diners who ate well while supporting PACCC on Nov. 10, 2011.

The combined effort of all of these incredible people is what makes this event such a success. All proceeds from Dine For Kids support PACCC's subsidy program, which provides quality care to families qualifying for financial assistance. Huge thanks to our amazing community!

Janice Shaul and Luke Farley

Palo Alto Community Child Care

Palo Alto

'Uncommit' your vote

Editor,

I'm amazed and heartened by the Occupy movement, but feel more must be done. If enough Democrats and Republicans leave their failed parties and re-register with "decline to state," this would send a powerful message and force the entrenched politicians to serve the interests of the non-affiliated. If this resonates with you, please help promote a movement to "Uncommit your vote."

Don Baraka

141 Amherst Ave.

Menlo Park

Nuclear disarmament

Editor,

William Perry is one of the treasures of our community and nation. I applaud the Weekly for the in-depth article (Nov. 11) about this amazing man. Because of his dedication to worldwide nuclear disarmament, he has inspired me to become involved in this issue. As he stated in the article, "we have to inform people" and the place to start is at home. The U.S. started the nuclear arms race and we must end it.

Barbara Kyser

Deodara Drive

Los Altos

Leaf blowers

Editor,

I was quite surprised and also annoyed to read in a local newspaper that leaf blowers would be fined for doing their job because leaf blowing makes too much noise and which is very disturbing to those people who work at home on their computers.

We are now in the full season of leaves falling from the beautiful gingkoes, Modesto ashes, maples and other magnificent trees of our city. Those gorgeously colored leaves accumulate all over the streets and the weekly picking by the Palo Alto city sweeping trucks is not only not enough at this time of year but those same trucks cannot do their job because of parked cars on their way.

I remember that a few years ago there had been talk of posting Do not Park signs on the day that the city truck was coming. That was a great idea but obviously it was never put into action.

Let's remain optimistic! Maybe when we will have a new grocery store along with the long ago promised homes on our refurbished Edgewood Plaza we will also have unhampered street cleaning.

Michele Grundmann

Greer Road

Palo Alto

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