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Time to tighten up the PA city council meetings

When I mention to my friends that I usually watch the Palo Alto City Council meetings on Monday nights, their quick response: "How can you stand it!" Their...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 2, 2020
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Gates sets an example for local billionaires to emulate

I have always admired Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft Corp., second richest man in the world, for all the billions of dollars he and his wife, Melinda,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 24, 2020
Last comment by Giving feels good., on Nov 27, 2020 at 12:12 pm | 5 comments | 2404 Views

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Biden wins -- but by a smaller margin -- Is this a better way to do it?

Last week I wrote about the Electoral College, acknowledging that while it caused problems, and twice in recent years elected candidates whose vote totals were lower...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 18, 2020
Last comment by Citizen PA, on Nov 25, 2020 at 1:02 pm | 15 comments | 2555 Views

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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 | 3916 Views

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ABAG's housing demands for local cities are too much

==I NOTE: I am worried and upset about our coming election. I see voters around the country being deprived of their right to vote -- one drop box per county, a U.S....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 28, 2020
Last comment by Iris, on Nov 12, 2020 at 10:28 am | 34 comments | 4445 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 | 4393 Views

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Vote for Burt, Lauing, Kou and Varma in PA race

This is a critical year for Palo Alto's future -- and whom we vote for in the Palo Alto City Council race has become quite important. There are 10 candidates running...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 6, 2020
Last comment by Concerned Resident, on Oct 31, 2020 at 8:15 am | 16 comments | 4372 Views

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Ballot propositions have problems

I voted yesterday. And after I gave my ballot to my mailman (he assured me the ballots were flowing smoothly through the post office), I thought about my votes and...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 20, 2020
Last comment by NeilsonBuchanan, on Oct 28, 2020 at 9:56 am | 18 comments | 4077 Views

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'Don't talk to the press'

In a proposed new handbook for some 41 members on Palo Alto's boards and commissions, one recommendation from city staff states that these council appointees should...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 13, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Oct 21, 2020 at 11:23 am | 27 comments | 5004 Views

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Nov. 3 -- a critical election -- and now your comments on the first debate

LET ME INADD TO THIS ORIGINAL BLOG HERE TO ASK FOR YOUR COMMENTS ON ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES OUR COUNTRY HAS EXPERIENCED -- THE FIRST SEPT....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 29, 2020
Last comment by perceived diminished mental faculties, on Oct 6, 2020 at 6:36 pm | 33 comments | 4833 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 | 9515 Views

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What I will remember about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

During my junior year in college, I decided to take a course on the Supreme Court, knowing too little about this branch of government. The very first question the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 21, 2020
Last comment by Squidsie, on Sep 22, 2020 at 9:50 am | 5 comments | 3837 Views

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Terribly mixed messages about COVID-19 -- who to believe and how careful should we be?

I am very confused because of the mixed messages I've been getting about the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the NYT reported that studies show that we all should continue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 10, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm | 22 comments | 6444 Views

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'Ignoring what's wrong has never made anything right'

For months I have talked to a number of people who said they are zoning out on this election -- they can't stand all the politicizing of every issue, they can't...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 15, 2020
Last comment by James Thurber, on Sep 16, 2020 at 1:25 pm | 4 comments | 3141 Views

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Is the City of Palo Alto transparent enough -- or is information being kept from the public?

Eighteen-plus months -- that's how long it's taken so far for Palo Alto to choose a new auditor, a position required in the city charter. Residents still haven't...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 2, 2020
Last comment by Anne, on Sep 7, 2020 at 1:15 pm | 12 comments | 4539 Views

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I am bored. Are you?

It's been five months now of self-isolation, thanks to the coronavirus. And I am bored. It's not that I am not doing things -- like four or five zoom meetings...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 25, 2020
Last comment by Steven Goldstein, on Sep 2, 2020 at 2:07 am | 31 comments | 7387 Views

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'But baby, it's cold outside'

Local cities have been opening up their main streets to outdoor summer dining, providing a lovely way to spend a warm summer evening. The restaurants have carefully...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 18, 2020
Last comment by Alvin, on Aug 25, 2020 at 4:25 pm | 17 comments | 6608 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 | 9822 Views

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Constantly coping with the virus: We need a total lockdown now

We can't go on like this. Weeks go by, and then months, and instead of getting better, more and more of us have gotten the coronavirus -- or have died. The nationwide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 11, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Aug 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm | 58 comments | 8531 Views

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Do peaceful protests do any good? How about the more violent ones?

For the past couple of months, protests condemning the deadly beating by police in Minneapolis of George Floyd and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement have...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 4, 2020
Last comment by Jennifer, on Aug 5, 2020 at 3:27 pm | 7 comments | 5937 Views
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