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“We had come to the end of a period of breathtaking technological advances with our moral and social development back in the Stone Age.” — Maxine Schnall, “Limits — A Search for New Values”

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Dire climate headlines combined with visible uprisings, from youth strikes to Congress resolutions, present a huge opportunity for Peninsula city councils.

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When I began my tenure on the San Carlos City Council, there were two grocery stores on Laurel Street. Both offered great convenience to residents living near downtown. Many of the stores’ customers were elderly and didn’t drive. Instead, they would frequent the stores by walking to them. Be…

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Last year I was elected to the Redwood City Council in a group of peers across the county that included more minorities, women and young parents than ever before. I am a mom of two girls ages 3 and 5 and my youngest was born while I served as a planning commissioner.

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Twenty candidates for the Democratic nomination for president will be on display Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27. While the moderators will be asking questions to challenge the candidates — what makes them so special, what makes them they think they can be president, and where they …

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My wife and I recently returned from a two-week trip to Europe, much of which we spent cruising on the Rhine river. I’ve been to Europe several times now, but this trip in particular helped me understand just how important rivers are to much of Europe. Cities and towns grew up around those w…

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It’s a fairly common belief that our current high school system is flawed; that it’s a system that rewards a specific type of student instead of one that accommodates all types of learners. Finally, after graduating from high school, I think I can speak about this topic a little bit.

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Mrs. Pham starred in awed silence at the skyscrapers of San Francisco through the fingerprinted stained windows of the taxi headed to a relative’s apartment. She had left Vietnam hoping to achieve the “American Dream.” If her daughter could carve out a better future with a decent university …

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“Our failure to acknowledge fathers’ importance is now reflected in the shape of the American family. Fathers are disappearing. Fewer American fathers are participating in the lives of their children now than at any other time since the U.S. began keeping records.” — Paul Raeburn, “Do Father…

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Open this newspaper on any day and the human toll of our housing crisis practically jumps from the pages. I recently attended U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier’s May 25 town hall focusing on affordable housing development (mentioned by Jon Mays in his May 17 column). In opening the discussion, Rep. Sp…

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I am often reminded of the many times I would stand on my father’s shoulders as a toddler overlooking Pacifica’s Rockaway Beach. His strong clasp of my hands must have made me feel safe enough to enjoy the heights from his 6-foot stance. “Just be your best in whatever you do and you cannot f…

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As the election results became clear in 2016, financial markets rose amid a surge of economic optimism. That surge continued for two years as Donald Trump and Republicans pursued a pro-growth agenda of tax reform, deregulation and encouraging domestic energy production. But with Democrats no…

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Let’s focus on some of the good things happening on the home front and try to forget for a while the bad things happening in our country and the world.

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When I was a teenager, one of my weekly chores was to haul our family’s trash cans out to the street, and then later to bring back the empties. Back then, our cans truly were trash cans: none were for compost, and none were for recycling. Even though I hauled as many as eight full-sized cans…

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The United States’ solution to crime seems simple: locking offenders up in prison cells. It is the most efficient way to keep criminals off the streets; it removes them from society quickly so they can’t do any more harm. However, what happens once these people eventually serve their sentenc…

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High school graduation is a crossing of a threshold. A demarcation of sorts from childhood to adulthood, from high school to college, from the past to the future.

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Next school year, San Mateo High School will implement a plan that will make students place their phones into a bag with the goal of creating a better learning environment.

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“We get too soon old and too late smart.” — Old German proverb.

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