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“Range anxiety” is not a phrase that was around when I was learning to drive, although an equivalent concept existed. Back then, we called it “running out of gas,” and after doing so once or twice I learned the value of watching my gas gauge and of keeping my tank above a quarter full.

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Student News is returning to the San Mateo Daily Journal for the 2019-20 season. I am happy to introduce a new group of student columnists: Veronica Roseborough, Erika Pilpre, Josette Thornhill and myself. We are all passionate about journalism and sharing our opinions with the world. Here i…

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Since Mark Olbert became mayor of San Carlos about nine months ago, he has decided a few times to switch the agenda order on the fly after reading the room and seeing that there were people in attendance for a particular item.

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With the start of the college semester comes a flurry of activity. From syllabus day to midterms, a special sort of energy suffuses the hustle and bustle of campus life. Brochures plastered with enthusiastic testimonials and smile-filled photos bespeak bright futures for countless students. …

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“When men are most sure and arrogant, they commonly are the most mistaken.” — David Hume.

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The media’s latest hot take is that Republicans — in particular the dastardly Sen. Mitch McConnell — are blocking bipartisan legislation to protect the nation’s elections. Reality, as usual, is more complicated. Consider the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, or the Safe Act, which th…

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Cancer is among the leading causes of death in America. In 1999, my beloved grandmother, Helen Williams, was among the millions of Americans who valiantly battled the deadly infirmity.

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Lately there’s been a lot of buzz around the future of Redwood City’s Sequoia Station shopping center, triggered by a recent open house hosted by Lowe Enterprises, a major Los Angeles-based real estate developer. Although that event certainly kicked the discussions into high gear, rumors abo…

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After a shooting spree in El Paso, allegedly by a man who railed against the “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” even President Trump, who has used similar language, acknowledged that racism, bigotry and white supremacy are “sinister ideologies” that “must be defeated.” Trump was only confirming w…

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It’s tragic when making it easier for people to live in cars is what passes for a bold solution to California’s escalating housing crisis. But that’s what it has come to in the Golden State in 2019.

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Now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead and gone, the conspiracy theorists have come out of the woodwork. That’s to be expected, but the president of the United States should not be among them.

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“In our culture a false picture has emerged of what it is to be a man. The culture’s emphasis on crude, macho masculinity as a status symbol causes young men to strive after the wrong type of expression of their masculinity.” — John A. Sanford and George Lough, Ph.D., “What Men are Like.”

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One of the easiest ways to combat climate change is to stop tearing down old trees. This is why it is everyone’s problem that new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro seems determined to chop away at the Amazon rainforest, the world’s greatest reserve of old-growth forest.

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Is anyone else out there in the universe of the Daily Journal readership feeling like things are getting upside down in California, particularly since Gavin Newsom was elected governor?

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The decision by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator is the latest sign that Washington will resort to any possible means, no matter how unreasonable, to force China into agreeing to its trade terms.

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Five candidates are competing for Jerry Hill’s state Senate seat. The primary is next March. It looks like it could be a very close race with a variety of candidates in the mix. There is Sally Lieber of Mountain View, a former city councilwoman and state assemblymember; Annie Oliva, a Realto…

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The Indian government’s decision to revoke the semiautonomous status of Kashmir, accompanied by a huge security clampdown, is dangerous and wrong. Bloodshed is all but certain, and tension with Pakistan will soar.

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Although we are by no means ready to do so, my wife and I have begun talking about if and when we might sell our Redwood City house and downsize to something smaller and more manageable. Unfortunately, though, in the five or so years I’ve been blogging about the goings-on in Redwood City, no…

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