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On becoming a blogger ...

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Mar 24, 2009

Becoming a "blogger" is something I never envisioned as a path in life -- mainly because that avocation didn't exist. And, perhaps like most of us, I'm not even sure what that term, "blog," or "to blog," means. I think it's something between being a columnist and a Twitterer (Tweeter?), whatever that is. But here goes.

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Posted by Kerry
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Paul,

Did you support HSR, before the November election, like 100% of our CC did? If so, why? If not, why not?


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

No, I did not support HSR, and wrote extensively on this forum about how I think the funds are better spent on local transit, and a variety of other major problems I see with the entire concept. I have a column teed up in the coming weeks about it. It is already written, but I have some others I will post before that one.


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Posted by Arthur Dent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

It appears to me, Walter, that if you won't be respectful you'll be asked to leave the kitchen.
Paul, I share your 1-liner opinion of HSR and look forward to that blog.


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:18 am

Walter,

Your beef is not with me, the Online editors control the content, I merely contribute.

I consider Diana to be a friend, and took what you said as a compliment.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

If they ask me to leave, I'll go, but I suspect the forum would be the worse for my departure. Someone needs to speak for the individual.


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Posted by SkepticAl
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:13 am

Good luck, Paul. This is an online community with a few thoughtful people and a lot of hypercritical know-it-alls who are distrustful of nearly everything and everyone.

Walter, if I may... it's not your viewpoints that irritate as much as your style. Case in point: are the rest of us somehow less "individual" than you?


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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 26, 2009 at 9:50 am

Great blog Paul! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to future blogs from you. And I have to say I like Walter's involvement here. He's one of the few Republicans who doesn't just spew out anti-Obama propaganda and endless links to "the world is ending" nonsense. Walter has his own sometimes humorous, sometimes persnickety voice. I actually enjoy his insights despite being on the other side politically.


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Posted by Kerry
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:53 am

Paul,

Thank you for your clarification on HSR. Since you are an insider in Palo Alto politics, can you explain why our CC decided to support HSR, unanimously?

BTW, I also appreciate Walter's pithy comments. I also like OhlonePar and Gary.


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Paul Losch is a registered user.

Hello Kerry,

I cannot explain the thinking that went into the Council Members' support of high speed rail. Anything I say would be pure speculation, and I choose not to do that.

Speaking for myself, well before I voted against it in the November election, I put some thought into the matter and concluded it is rife with problems, and offers little meaningful benefit. As I said, I intend to blog about this topic at a later date. Most of my observations have to do with aspects of it outside of the potential impact on Palo Alto, which clearly has hit many people's radar screens in recent weeks.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

"...are the rest of us somehow less "individual" than you?"
Yes you are, because I lack the need for approval of others. This armors me against those who think to hurt my feelings. And, Danny, I was Republican only long enough to vote in the primary for Shirley Temple Black against Apostate Pete McCloskey. Before that I was an Adlai Stevenson democrat. I guess you would say I am now a fallen away libertarian. And, of course, a Rice and Palin fan.


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Posted by Keith Schuman
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 31, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Paul,

I enjoyed reading this from Sai Gon...pretty gutsy to put yourself out there like that. Much appreciated. I look forward to some more stuff!

- Keith


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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Apr 1, 2009 at 6:01 am

Paul,

I agree with Keith and others. It is nice to have your voice on community matters.

Steve


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2009 at 7:00 am

Paul Losch is a registered user.

Keith and Steve,

My compliments to you two as well for providing your blogs to PA Online.

For the record, I have been close friends with Keith's uncle since my college days and UC Davis, and have known Keith's family for many years, There is an annual touch football game in which we both have participated, and I openly admit that Keith and my college age son have performed considerably better on that gridiron than have I.


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Posted by Make it relevant
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 2, 2009 at 12:01 am

I wish Paul could control his need to talk about himself. The self promotion and promotion of his business is a not appropriate. And not interesting.
If he wants to write about issues, great. I'm waiting.


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Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

I serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission with Paul and know him to be very straightforward and knowledgable when it comes to local matters. I look forward to reading more of his blogs especially when it comes to the HSR which I also voted against last November. Way to go Paul!


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 3, 2009 at 5:44 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

So far, a waste of pixels.


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