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Life, Death and Rails

I try to avoid high-risk behavior...yet my last-minute dashes for Caltrain's 8:39 morning express border on suicidal. It's easy to forget that trains defy rules...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 20, 2014
Last comment by Paul Bendix, on Apr 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm | 3 comments | 801 Views

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Life, Death and Rails

I try to avoid high-risk behavior...yet my last-minute dashes for Caltrain's 8:39 morning express border on suicidal. It's easy to forget that trains defy rules...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 20, 2014
There are no comments yet. 0 Views

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Medical Madness

The American healthcare 'system' is a kind of madness. And even a marginal improvement could make a big difference. That's why I'm sympathetic to Obamacare. My...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 18, 2014
There are no comments yet. 561 Views

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Menlo Park's Youthful Future

An unusually warm evening in downtown Menlo Park and families with little kids are out in numbers. It's Wednesday, and the Off the Grid vans must be doing some business....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm | 6 comments | 2590 Views

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How to Speed Caltrain

Use it. That is the interim answer to speeding Caltrain service from Menlo Park. As for the long run: support electrification. Why? Consider today's diesel...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 3, 2014
Last comment by Alan, on Apr 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm | 6 comments | 1584 Views

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Stop Menlo Harbor Project

The 'Menlo Harbor' development plan currently being floated (forgive the pun) by a major investment group simply isn't right for this area. Unfortunately, there's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 1, 2014
Last comment by HIlarious!, on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:30 am | 13 comments | 1351 Views

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About Retirement

My wife insists I'm not retired. I was once a copywriter, and now I write my own stuff. It's still a job, my wife says. I'm still in the game, that is her point....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 29, 2014
Last comment by Helen, on Apr 5, 2014 at 7:32 am | 2 comments | 1627 Views

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Public Works

Let's hear it for the City of Menlo Park, whose crews have leveled and flattened some of the roughest patches of sidewalk in my downtown neighborhood. One particular...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4594 Views

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Market Forces

Sunday, on the cusp of spring, and with mornings lengthening at one end of days, evenings at the other, why not head for the Farmers Market? Here everything Menlo...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 17, 2014
There are no comments yet. 3714 Views

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Secrets of Disabled Travel

The ironic love of travel, seemingly shared by disabled people everywhere...what else explains why I am hopping the 8:32 AM Caltrain to San Jose? To board Amtrak's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 12, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Mar 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 2 comments | 1534 Views

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Where the Sidewalk Bends

Having a close-up, wheelchair view of Menlo Park's sidewalks and arid borders I can report firsthand – the poppies are coming. California's state flower, more...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm | 1 comment | 1195 Views

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The Good, the Bad, and the Google Buses

The Google bus, Armistead Maupin recently wrote,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 16, 2014
Last comment by peninsula resident, on Mar 1, 2014 at 11:04 am | 6 comments | 1929 Views

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Unhealthy Medicine

Here's one cure for our flawed healthcare system – become homeless. Ironically, a destitute person in a wheelchair may get better health advice than his...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 24, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Feb 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm | 3 comments | 1117 Views

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BBC -- Big Break Coming...for Downtown

It's good news for downtown Menlo Park and great news for the region...a landmark establishment that has long 'anchored' our retail district is on the way back....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 12, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1258 Views

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Facing the Big Dry

I can see it coming and already resent it. Brown lawns. Saving rinse water in the shower. Wildfires in the news. Desert plants in the garden. Flushing the toilet...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 9, 2014
There are no comments yet. 837 Views

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Climate of Change

I admit to being obsessed, even haunted, by climate change. A banal saying from my youth – everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Feb 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm | 9 comments | 1042 Views

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(Under) Performing Arts Center

It's a major civic achievement, endlessly promising and somewhat disappointing: the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. What's disappointing? The number of...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 16, 2014
Last comment by Comment, on Feb 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm | 1 comment | 641 Views

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Caltrain...at Capacity

Caltrain is back in the news – perhaps the 'right news,' if not exactly good news – that the line is straining to keep up with demand. Of course, this is hardly...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 16, 2013
Last comment by Lisa, on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:44 am | 10 comments | 4263 Views

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Reducing Gun Violence – One Small Step Forward

Menlo Park may seem a benign enough suburb – but look closer. As Martin Lamarque points out, we spend twice as much on policing as on community services. That's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 27, 2014
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Jan 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm | 1 comment | 571 Views

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Guns, a Year after Sandy Hook

Guns...one of the nation's most deeply entrenched, emotional and perennial issues. And kudos to Stanford Continuing Studies for presenting last week's public debate,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by MBL, on Jan 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm | 4 comments | 1430 Views
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