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Abortion in America: a new perspective

I have never quite understood why the issue of abortion has suddenly erupted into a national issue across America, requiring politicians and presidents to state...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 20, 2021
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Jul 22, 2021 at 11:51 pm | 9 comments | 7011 Views

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Q: In what country is Venice, Italy located? A: Paris. Q: What is the biggest city in the world? A: Asia?

A segment of one of Jay Leno’s TVs shows had a man-on-the-street interview, this time with some older teens and young adults in their early twenties. The questions...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 6, 2021
Last comment by Devon Wilson, on Jul 14, 2021 at 11:01 am | 37 comments | 10799 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 | 12885 Views

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Can we curb climate change?

With soaring three-digit high temperatures suddenly hitting Seattle, Portland and Canadian cities to the north, causing a record heat wave from a stalled heat dome,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 1, 2021
Last comment by Online Name, on Jul 6, 2021 at 8:34 pm | 18 comments | 10645 Views

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Why does it take Palo Alto so long to get things done?

A recent headline in one of the local papers declared “City moves swiftly to …” A local city moves swiftly! Wow! I say. Because to me, local cities...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 18, 2021
Last comment by Cameron Rivers, on Jun 22, 2021 at 10:23 am | 21 comments | 8965 Views

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Coping with a tragedy — without coddling ourselves

Several years ago, I had lunch with a local police chief and realized he was a bit silent. “Everything okay?” I asked. “Well, not quite,”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 9, 2021
Last comment by NanaDi, on Jun 15, 2021 at 11:12 am | 9 comments | 8636 Views

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A quiz: So how much do you really know about Palo Alto?

It’s a local newly created zoom game. A small group of Rotary Club of Palo Alto members played it last Friday evening. President Ben Threlkeld, O.D., an optometrist...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 2, 2021
Last comment by III, on Jun 8, 2021 at 4:21 pm | 10 comments | 12071 Views

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Gov. Newsom: Impose water use restrictions NOW. City Council: Vote on police encryption ASAP

Why hasn’t Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that we should immediately start cutting down our water usage because California will have a devastating drought this...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 25, 2021
Last comment by Lonnie Woods, on Jun 1, 2021 at 9:10 pm | 16 comments | 8623 Views

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Police departments using PR techniques to justify their actions

I am concerned. Police departments around the country are circling their wagons because of recent public criticisms about their officers’ wrongdoings, most notably...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 18, 2021
Last comment by Jennifer, on May 19, 2021 at 2:22 pm | 8 comments | 8255 Views

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Why you may not read this column

Only 10 percent (+ or –2%) of American adults get their daily news from either a newspaper or a TV news show. That means the rest of us don’t. And many...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 10, 2021
Last comment by Juliana, on May 18, 2021 at 1:55 pm | 25 comments | 7483 Views

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Union demands too many: Open up the schools now!

Should teachers be prioritized over others to get the coronavirus vaccine? Most of us would probably say yes, BUT… and there’s usually a “but” about most...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by peppered, on May 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm | 27 comments | 9529 Views

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Memo to PA Police Chief Jonsen: What are you hiding from us? And why?

TO: Robert Jonsen, Chief of Police, Palo Alto FROM: Diana Diamond, Palo Alto resident TOPIC: Keeping residents in the dark about police activities Chief,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 4, 2021
Last comment by Staying Young Through Kids, on May 10, 2021 at 1:13 pm | 28 comments | 5703 Views

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Climate change: A critical challenge for Palo Alto? Or, an impossible goal?

The Palo Alto City Council has taken on what environmentalists see as an important big step in trying to cut this city’s carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 28, 2021
Last comment by Me 2, on May 3, 2021 at 11:28 pm | 22 comments | 5149 Views

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Don’t keep information from the public

We have a city hall and police department transparency problem in Palo Alto that seems to be quietly but quickly expanding. That’s because: City Manager...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 20, 2021
Last comment by Sue Dremann, on Apr 30, 2021 at 2:09 pm | 13 comments | 4328 Views

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My Man vs. Squirrel

I never thought much about squirrels until I owned a dog. Dogs love these little bushy-tailed critters and have great fun unsuccessfully chasing them. But now my...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 13, 2021
Last comment by Trish, on Apr 19, 2021 at 9:18 pm | 8 comments | 5069 Views

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The Power Outage: From a Lemon to Lemonade

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, my power went out, along with 7,000 other Palo Alto residents. I think for all of us on the Peninsula, power outages occasionally occur, so...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 29, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:48 am | 16 comments | 7787 Views

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Palo Alto has an escalating transparency problem -- the police have shut their doors

On Monday, April 5, the police chief of Minneapolis, Medaria Arradondo, was testifying at the George Floyd trial about his professional view that defendant Derek...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 6, 2021
Last comment by Ruben Marquez, on Apr 13, 2021 at 12:35 pm | 8 comments | 5526 Views

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The coronavirus vaccine: So we had the capability of sending a man to the moon . . .

The incompetency in this country to produce and provide enough COVID-19 vaccines to Americans is most disturbing. As the age-old adage goes, if America can send...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 20, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Mar 29, 2021 at 3:17 pm | 17 comments | 8135 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 | 14395 Views

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Whoof! Our problems have all disappeared

We have no more "problems." They are now all gone. Instead, we only have “challenges.” Yes, “New Speak,” as George Orwell once phrased it in “1984,”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 2, 2021
Last comment by avery james, on Mar 5, 2021 at 2:40 pm | 13 comments | 7207 Views
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