Other Voices: Community foundations make a difference

Recently there have been accusations of harassment and misconduct at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In light of this news, you may be asking what is a community foundation, and why is it important for a community such as ours?

Community foundations enable residents, private foundations and businesses to strengthen the community through local philanthropy and civic engagement. They are the “people’s foundation,” offering community members the ability to set up funds, start programs, give grants, collaborate and volunteer to address local needs and improve quality of life.

The Villaj Idiut: Altering the gene pool

You know how, every once in a while, you get that really deep question from somebody at a party: Which figure in history would you most like to meet?

I always have my answer ready for that doozy: Marco Polo.

A Piece of My Mind: Thoughts of those who serve

My husband is something of a connoisseur of National Memorials, having been born and raised in Gettysburg, Pa. So on our recent visit to Hawaii, we fulfilled his long-held wish to visit the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

Letters to the Editor: Space for dogs to play, Persky, Orchard

Dog owners deserve space to play with pets

Arguing against the establishment of a dog park in Los Altos, Suruchi Mohan writes, “Parks are public places” (“Survey results shouldn’t determine dog-park rules,” Letters, April 18).

While true, this argument is not convincing, nor should it be. Public spaces often have areas dedicated to specific uses. Consider tennis courts, baseball fields and soccer fields.

Letters to the Editor: Persky recall, clean energy defaults and a panel on Islam

Recall demonstrates consequences

I graduated from Stanford University in 2013, where I was an active leader in Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Stanford Greek life more broadly.

As such, I’m intimately familiar with the cycle of recklessness and impunity that characterizes Stanford frat life. It is a cultural world that through various institutional and interpersonal means frequently signals to impressionable young men that they can do anything they want.

Other Voices: I found my voice in community college

In 2009, I graduated from high school with mediocre grades, mediocre SAT scores, a too-good-for-college stubbornness and a half-hatched plan to move to Los Angeles and become the next Paul Thomas Anderson or Steven Spielberg – both had dropped out of college.

Other Voices: Why Judge Persky should not be recalled

I served on the Superior Court of our county for 26 years. My tenure overlapped with Judge Aaron Persky. I remember when the governor appointed him to the bench. We were excited to have this outstanding lawyer join us.

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