Diana Diamond's guest opinion article (published in the Palo Alto Weekly, Jan. 11), questioning if parents are coddling their children too much, cited a case at University of California, Berkeley, where students strongly objected to "a conservative speaker who was scheduled to talk." This is, shall we say, a poor example.
The "conservative speaker" was an "alt-right provocateur" (the description used in an article about the incident that appeared in Time, dated Sept. 5, 2017) named Milo Yiannopoulos. He's angered a lot of people, not just students. He was at one point an editor for a rag named "Breitbart News" and managed to be so offensive that he was banned permanently from Twitter in the aftermath of a racist campaign targeting an actor. Meanwhile, news reports stated that the incident at Berkeley cost the university something like $800,000 (possibly higher).
"Free speech" does not mean that someone else should have to pick up the tab.
Clara Drive, Palo Alto
Compassion for the homeless
I extend my thank you to Karen Holman, who has finished her term as a member of Palo Alto's City Council. No one showed greater sensitivity and compassion for homeless people during her time on the council. She listened, she spoke in support of reasonable support for those without homes, and she voted wisely and humanely.
She spoke out with reservations about the unfortunate Jim Keene-organized, private meeting of the council with John Arrillaga about city land he wanted to annex.
She spent the time and effort to research and understand the many complicated issues of building, utilities, traffic, etc.
We are fortunate her civic contributions are not ending. Her campaign for a seat on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board was successful, and we are fortunate to have her continued wise and humane input to look forward to.
Karen Holman is a great role model and person of conscience.
Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale
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