Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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  Fake news is cheap and in abundant supply. The internet has created a haven for the sensational, insensitive wild claims, half-truths, exaggerations, rumors, accusations and yellow journalism. This year, being an election year, we expect there will be a proliferation of illicit rumors, attacks and gossip. Fake news will be directed at candidates, this newspaper, the Chamber of...

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Civics 101: An Equal Number of Senators Per State Is Undemocratic

  • Submitted by Dominic Caserta
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As we began the unit on the Legislative Branch, “Mark” asked why California ranks in the bottom of receiving federal funding when we are the most populated state and the 5th LARGEST economy in the world.  “Julie” blurted out the Great Compromise, of course.  I said “Julie is right, remember class, unlike today, politics was the art of compromise.” The Great Compromise was the...

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Work Daze: Leave Me Alone

  • By Bob Goldman
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Ever dream of being stranded on a desert island? There you are, totally alone, in the middle of the ocean, doomed to spend the rest of your days with no human company. Sounds good, doesn't it? Thanks to today's trend of open offices, the constant cacophony of co-workers can make work hell. Equally bad are the desk-side pop-ins from employees who have no qualms about disturbing you. Not...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Fool me once shame on you… An old saying that proves true today. Perhaps more so than any time in recent memory. Santa Clara residents are not immune. If you have followed this column for the past year or so, you have come to expect a few points of lucidity. The Screen Actors Guild would be impressed with the orchestration of the hoax being played upon the residents of our...

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Work Daze: Power Up

  • By Bob Goldman
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"Many young employees are frustrated when their first jobs land them in powerless positions at the bottom of the organization chart after years of leadership roles in school." So reports The Wall Street Journal reporter Sue Shellenbarger in "How to Gain Power at Work When You Have None." It is understandable that a new hire wants to think of their desk as a trampoline to upper management,...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Santa Clara needs a new CEO…aka Mayor. In a Valley that leads the world with innovation, brilliant CEO’s are at the forefront. Their vision opens doors for collaborative creativity, ingenious ideas and brilliant teamwork. Lacking in our City is a CEO who has collaborative vision and the gift of leadership. This was best demonstrated at last Tuesday night’s Stadium Authority...

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Work Daze: Wake Up

  • By Bob Goldman
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Be honest now—at what point in your day do you realize that you hate your job? Is it at 4:30 p.m., when you realize that all the clocks in your office must have stopped running because it feels like you've already put in a 12-hour day with 8 more hours to go? Is it at lunchtime when you polish off your second Cheetos burrito, and realize you either have to go back to work or go to the...

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Milestones (OPINION)

  • By Miles H Barber, Publisher
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Dominic Caserta is running for Santa Clara County Supervisor to replace Ken Yeager, who is retiring. To most of us, this is not news or a big surprise. Perhaps the biggest surprise is really two items. One: that so many candidates jumped into the Supervisor’s race. Two: with all that competition Dominic Caserta is still polling very strong. Surprise because, Santa Clara hasn’t had...

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Proportional Voting—A Fair Election System

  • Submission by Steve Chessin
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Santa Clarans have an exciting opportunity in June, to vote whether to switch to electing the City Council using proportional representation (PR). The basic principle behind PR is simple: majority rule, with fair representation for the electoral minority (ethnic or otherwise), in direct proportion to how people vote. That is, a like-minded block of voters comprising 60 percent of the electorate...

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Work Daze: Decision Time

  • By Bob Goldman
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Do you need a decision coach? While you're trying to decide, let me introduce you to Nell Wulfhart, the author of "Decide This for Me," a helpful feature on The Muse website. Wulfhart sees her job as helping people to "quit procrastinating, make important decisions, and move on with their lives." Alas, I didn't utilize the decision coach's decision-making process to solve a major career...

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