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About this blog: So much is right — and wrong — about what is happening in Palo Alto. In this blog I want to discuss all that with you. I know many residents care about this town, and I want to explore our collective interests to help ...  (More)
About this blog: So much is right — and wrong — about what is happening in Palo Alto. In this blog I want to discuss all that with you. I know many residents care about this town, and I want to explore our collective interests to help do the right thing. My goal with this blog is to help the public better understand what really is happening, and more important, how residents living here may be affected by these local decisions. I've been a journalist most of my life, first as a reporter and then managing editor of a Chicago newspaper, followed by a wonderful year at Stanford as a recipient of Knight Journalism Fellowship. I then went to the San Jose Mercury as an editorial writer and columnist. I also worked for the State Bar of California as the first editor in chief of "California Lawyer" magazine, and then spent a decade at Stanford involved in public issues affecting the university. In the late 1990s, I sequentially wrote columns for all three local newspapers here in Palo Alto. Born in a small community on Long Island, I attended Middlebury College, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married, had four boys in four years, and then started working. I moved to Palo Alto in 1979, and have been involved in the community on several nonprofit boards.  (Hide)

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There's a simpler solution and perhaps others might consider doing what we did.

After our first and only child, it was pre-agreed that my husband would get a vasectomy.

He held up to his end of the bargain and sex has once more become an enjoyable recreational outlet with no consequences.

It has been said that 'children are God's punishment for having sex' and married couples can easily dodge the extra bullets with a man agreeing to and taking responsibility for a clip job.

Interestingly enough my husband mentioned the procedure wasn't all that bad.

The urologist injects a local anesthetic and after it takes effect, he makes an incision.

After locating the two vas defrens [sic], the urologist cuts them and cauterizes the tubes.

Lastly an easy closure with crazy glue.

The only apparent discomfort occurs while the urologist is tugging away at the tubes in order to locate/cut/cauterize them followed by the subsequent smell of burning tissue.

No big deal.

Since most women who have abortions are single and under thirty, married people who agree to a husband's vasectomy is beside the point. Who cares what responsible, married people do within their marriage.

I'm pro-choice, but this is a concern for Texans, not Californians. Texas is a very conservative state, and a lot of Texans are probably pro-life. Californians worried about what goes on in Texas is as silly as people out of state worrying about the California recall.

Proud owner of a vasectomy here. Sorry to say but Viagra and analogues does require a prescription. Sorrier to say that there is no equivalent for women.

Eeoure -- Several sites online offer generic viagra pills without a prescription

And Jennifer, the reason we should worry about the new Texas law is because currently the majority of the Supreme Court have decided to wait awhile until the justices decide, thus allowing the law to continue. And the Texas law is now becoming a model for several other GOP legislatures and governors to duplicate, so it's an idea that, unfortunately is reading.
Diana

If you look on YouTube, there are many videos of men wearing artificial pregnancy bumps, and/or given devices that mimic the pain of contractions during pregnancy. These are in one way very amusing as it is quite apparent the men have a hard time with the change in center of gravity while doing ordinary activities, as well as dealing with the obvious unexpected pains of childbirth, but in another way they are showing just how difficult and painful pregnancy, labor and delivery can be.

Perhaps we could just start with making more men experience these devices.

Respectfully Diana, you cannot buy ED drugs in the US without a prescription. If you order them off the web then worst case they are bogus, best case some "doctor" is making bank by abusing their privilege to prescribe.

The barrier to obtaining Viagra or generic equivalents is very low, but you do need to ask your doctor. It is also dirt cheap and covered by Medicare.

I too am clipped and can no longer impregnate anything either moving or standing still.

No more paternity issues as I am single and mingle so to speak.

There are enough children in this world and I have absolutely no desire to add another branch to the family tree.

BTW...I had this procedure done at 24.

My late husband had a vasectomy back in the early 1960s after we decided we could no longer endure raising anymore brats (2 sons).

Our married life then became a rejuvenated and youthful honeymoon with no concerns about any further childrearing responsibilities.

As a previous poster noted, 'children are god's punishment for getting it on.'

I am also getting a vasectomy. My fiance and I have decided that IF we ever decide to have children, using cryogenically frozen sperm will suffice.

We will also hire a surrogate mother to carry the the child through childbirth.

That way my future wife's body won't go to all hell + we can continue enjoying the things we like to do with minimal encumbrances.

So let the Texas law become a model for other GOP legislatures. I disagree with the law, but unless you're a taxpayer in the state, it's none of your concern. There's a difference between democracy and trying to control other states to fit into your political agenda. If others want to be pro-life, that's their right. California has enough political problems of our own. Would you resent Texans telling you that you have to be pro-life?

@Jennifer, Isn't the issue the women left behind by the Texas GOP? I think a more accurate comparison is to the women left behind in Afghanistan. It isn't like Texas mandated a 55 mph speed limit. It is causing genuine harm to a subset of the populace.

@Jennifer, Isn't the issue the women left behind by the Texas GOP? I think a more accurate comparison is to the women left behind in Afghanistan. It isn't like Texas mandated a 55 mph speed limit. It is causing genuine harm to a subset of the populace.

Like the old adage, "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"...whatever occurs in Texas (or Afghanistan) is their problem/issue/business.

And if one does not approve of the local/regional practices, simply avoid going there.

The wealthy can always escape. . . Pollution, Pregnancy, poor schools, even caring about climate change. Money is a moral PreparationH, isn't it?

Doesn't anyone use birth control? If they did, none of this would be a problem. Get smart ladies and protect your bodies with birth control. Sheesh!!

Doesn't anyone use birth control? If they did, none of this would be a problem. Get smart ladies and protect your bodies with birth control. Sheesh!!

No form of birth control is 100% effective. Even when both parties are responsible (men also bear responsibility for pregnancies), pregnancies occur.

Jason Tarrick may be in for a big surprise. It's hard to believe that his posting was serious. Maybe he was just trying to get a reaction which I've noticed are woefully in short supply. Given his attitude I hope he doesn't have any children. Spoiling his future wife's perfect figure is one of the most sexist comments imaginable. I hope he plans on putting aside money for his child to be educated in a boarding school since it seems that he may want a child in name only.

I have only one word to suggest to the women of Texas... Lysistrata

I have only one word to suggest to the women of Texas... Lysistrata

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