Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last month. Before anyone could react, a stunned and abashed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – who had been standing next to Lavrov – put up both hands as if to ward off blows from the audience of reporters in the room, then both men immediately exited.

I had intended to write on a different topic before I saw the video clip of this astounding display of sexism and disrespect. How is it that a high-ranking, well-educated representative of a modern country addresses in such a condescending (maybe even vulgar) manner any woman in a professional setting – one in which she is asking a legitimate question at an appropriate time?


Just fine: Haugh about that?

Staring at the senseless symbols cluttering my already cloudy understanding, I lowered my face onto the hardbound book and did what any highly hormonal, PMS-ing 16-year-old would do: I wailed hysterically.

“When in the hell will I ever use this stuff?” I blubbered, chucking the algebra book across the room.


Measure A: Too big, too expensive: Other Voices

I keep looking at Measure A and hoping that I’ll find a way to support it. On the surface, it seems obvious – Hillview Community Center is a dated facility in desperate need of repairs. Still, I can’t get past all of the things that aren’t being said.

Measure A would build a community center that is many times larger than any comparable city in our area. Looking at Saratoga, Los Gatos, Mountain View and Menlo Park, each of those cities has approximately 0.3 to 0.6 square feet of community center space per resident. We’d be building approximately 1.8 square feet per resident. That seems like a lot of extra space. Los Altos is unique, but are we really three to six times different from our neighbors?


Over the rainbow: The Villaj Idiut

I know of a girl.

She’s 13 years old.


Rebuild Hillview to benefit all ages: Other Voices

I realize that the Measure A bond issue is an emotional challenge to most seniors in our community.

After attending the recent presentation at the Grant Park Senior Center, even though I was expecting negative comments, I left thinking that the best way to get a new community center built is to focus on the vote of everyone under the age of 70.


The plight of the trees: A Piece of My Mind

The combination of age and water conservation measures is taking its toll all around my neighborhood. There are dead and dying trees on every street.


Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how does it measure against the following vision of community expressed by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony:


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