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News - May 21, 2021

Around Town

DEAR MADAM VICE PRESIDENT ... We saw history made six months ago when Vice President Kamala Harris became the first female and person of color to rise to the nation's second-highest office. The groundbreaking win resonated with countless women and girls, including the 10 members of Palo Alto Girl Scout Troop 60313. The girls' letters to Harris are among the more than 100 messages featured in a new book, "Dear Kamala: Women Write to the New Vice President." Troop volunteer Kristen Podulka, whose daughter is in the group, initiated the letter-writing project in November. After some online research, she came across a Facebook page with a call for letters to Harris for the book, but the submission deadline had already passed. Podulka connected with Peggy Brooks-Bertram, who compiled the book and accommodated the troop, which submitted letters and photos within three days. Each girl received a copy of the book signed by Brooks-Bertram. The troop also donated a signed copy to their school, Fairmeadow Elementary. From climate change to racial discrimination, the letters demonstrated their awareness of current events and systemic issues. As she reviewed the girls' messages, Podulka said she couldn't help but feel "emotional" and "proud" of the young women. "These kids are very, very hopeful for the future," she said. The troop joined other contributors for a virtual book launch party in February where one of their members, Eleanor Chow, read from her letter. The 10-year-old described her desire to see everyone get an education and suggested ways to improve the environment. "We all care about women's rights and having important women in history to think about and to talk about," Eleanor said of her troop.

THIS IS HOW SHE ROLLS ... Cinthya Guzman's vision of donating skateboards to her peers in East Palo Alto became a reality on May 15 with the help of Thiebaut Method, a nonprofit that works with middle school students on social good projects. The eighth grader created flyers and distributed them to the community in an effort to gather skateboard decks, wheels, hardware and monetary donations. Her donors included Skateworks, Atlas Skates and Society Skates. Along the way, she gained computer skills and confidence in presenting her project to people. She also partnered with leaders such as East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez and helped other students apply for a skateboard. Cinthya's three-month project culminated with a giveaway of 62 boards, more than double her initial goal, during an event last weekend at the skatepark near Bell Park and the YMCA.

A CALL FOR HELP ... Palo Alto residents unleashed fury on the social networking site Nextdoor this month after a person at Mitchell Park witnessed a man allegedly beating a German shepherd-type dog in the dog-run area. The man was observed striking the dog on the back as many as 20 times with a plastic-like leash or strap on April 30 at about 8:10 a.m. The dog, all the while, was screaming in pain, according to the resident who posted an image. The man was not seen hitting the dog in the photo. He was talking to another man who had a German shepherd as well. The dog, which is black, has tan fur on its front legs up to the knees and tan rear legs. The reporting party said she yelled at the man and then called Palo Alto police. Officers investigated but did not find the man or dog, department spokesperson Lt. Con Maloney said. Residents remain determined to find and protect the dog. As of this week, hundreds have posted comments on Nextdoor and some residents said they plan to meet with Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois later this week. Palo Alto Animal Control officers and the Police Department are investigating the case. Anyone who has information about the incident or who sees the man and dog is asked to call Maloney at 650-329-2637.


Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 23, 2021 at 6:52 am

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Wow, I was a Brownie and Girl Scout back in the 60's/70's. I worked hard for my badges. Cooking, First Aid, Sewing, Caring for sick animals, cooking, Conservation/Wildlife, Community Service, gardening from seed, First Aid.
Things have clearly changed.
know it must be nearly impossible to find any good leaders who were raised with the same moral values and respect.
10 years ago, no one wanted to be a girl scout leader or volunteer in our schools because they feared being fingerprinted. Done something wrong - like washing the "laundry" incorrectly - or perhaps overstayed your tourist visitor visa?
I don't want these people teaching my grandkids scouting rules (girls or boyscouts).
Let's not turns these organizations into political platforms - these girls follow their leader.

Posted by James Waters Ph.D.
a resident of Stanford
on May 23, 2021 at 8:21 am

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"Let's not turns these organizations into political platforms - these girls follow their leader."

Unfortunately, just about everything has gotten political these days.

Remember when the Republicans in Congress were decrying the recent non-binary designation of Mr. Potato Head?

Such key priorities for a once proud political party that is no longer being taken seriously by anyone of reasonable intelligence...only die-hard Trump supporters, QAnon conspiracists, anti-vaxers, white supremacists, and tele-evangelists.

In other words...the right-wing lunatic fringe.

Posted by Just Say NO...To Republicans
a resident of Los Altos
on May 23, 2021 at 9:06 am

Just Say NO...To Republicans is a registered user.

The Republicans are forever indebted to former President Trump for his conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice selections which now equates to a 6-3 edge in future court decisions.

The 'originalist' interpretation of the Constitution now takes precedence over the 'living and breathing' perspective as viewed by the liberal-leaning justices.

As a result...states will now have more control over their affairs, gun ownership rights will not be infringed upon, and past controversial decisions such as Roe vs Wade can now be challenged or overturned.

We are entering a new era in American history.

As for the Girl Scouts, just let them enjoy being kids.

Posted by Myrtle Baur
a resident of Mountain View
on May 23, 2021 at 2:46 pm

Myrtle Baur is a registered user.

The Trump administration was a far cry from that of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

Some might say his administration differed from Lincoln's as well but I wasn't around back in those days.

Choosing a child's role model for them is a very subjective matter and at the discretion of the Girl Scout troop leader.

This is not a very good idea for if the
girl scout troop leader was an admirer of Marjorie Taylor Greene, then what?

Personally speaking, Michelle Obama is a far better choice and role model than Kamala Harris.

Posted by Scotty
a resident of Green Acres
on May 23, 2021 at 6:33 pm

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Pretty sure I paid for that book.

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