The ancient Roman poet Decimus Junius Juvenalis, aka Juvenal, coined the phrase “Mens sana in corpore sano” approximately 1,900 years ago. It translates as “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Over centuries, it morphed into “Sound mind, sound body.” The term is often used to proudly describe…

The filing period opened last week for candidates running in the Nov. 8 general election. We hope to see competition in all of the races. Competition triggers a healthy discussion of issues that makes for a more informed citizenry.

Last week, I finished reading Fiona Hill’s book, “There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century,” for the League of Women Voters’ book club. Hill, a self-described “non-partisan foreign policy expert,” is best known by the general public for her testimony in the firs…

I love this country. I get a little teary when I first see the American flag flying after a trip abroad, or when “The Star-Spangled Banner” rings out over an Olympic podium or a baseball field. My U.S. passport is my most prized possession. I pay my taxes willingly as “the price one pays for…

Editor’s note: Last week’s story on Hidden Villa’s decision to cancel its summer camps due to the resignations of key personnel touched off swift reaction from former Hidden Villa campers and others, mostly criticizing staff who were offended by swastikas at the Duveneck House. A sample of l…

As we come to the end of another school year, we are thankful for everyone involved in making our schools as great as they are. But this year, in particular, we must give a heartfelt thanks to some of our retiring educators and administrators.

Having lived in big cities on both coasts, I marvel at the mix of pedestrians, pets, cars and all manner of wheeled transport at the crossroads in some of America’s busiest cities.

In his May 18 letter to the editor (“Leaders ‘gaslighting’ on abortion ruling”), Ken Girdley incorrectly describes the legal protections of a woman’s right to abortion provided by the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions.

I get the post card: “Official Jury Summons.” I am on call for jury duty in Santa Clara Superior Court for a week. The new procedure is to sign in to a website at noon and 5 p.m. to find out whether I am on call to appear the next morning or afternoon.

At the April 26 Los Altos City Council meeting, Mayor Anita Enander and Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng once again put the city at risk by voting against a development project at 376 First St. that they were legally required by California law to approve despite their frequently trivial concern…

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The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office management is in disarray. Longtime incumbent Sheriff Laurie Smith is retiring amid corruption accusations and a no-confidence vote from the Board of Supervisors. Mentally ill inmates have died and the county has been repeatedly sued. A civil grand jur…