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“Love the hell out of them” – The blueprint John Lewis left us

Yesterday marks two years since the passing of American hero and Congressman, John Lewis. Before he held office in D.C., Lewis was the budding...

Are we willing to address gun violence?

Here we go again. Another mass shooting. Another community in pain, especially when so many were so young and innocent. And another cry for...

I have had two abortions and, if you’re anti-choice, we can’t be friends.

I have had two abortions and, if you're anti-choice, we can't be friends. The first pregnancy resulted from sexual assault, although it wasn't quite as...

Democrats Agree We Need To Get Foreign Money Out Of California Elections…But Kansen Chu Doesn’t Get It

It’s hard to believe that I need to write this opinion piece but Milpitas Beat requested it, so here it is. There is broad consensus...

Event Recap: Presentation & discussion on women’s rights in Islam

The Covid-19 pandemic has made inequality — particularly among minorities, people of color and especially women — very apparent. The lockdown emphasizes the existing...

2021 — A Year In Review. Wait…what even happened?

I think 2021 was even weirder than 2020. I got over the depression cloud that was lockdown and tight restrictions and lulled into something…different....

MUSD’s Board President gathers student leaders to delve into threatening social media trends

For better, and in some cases, for worse, the digital age of communication and use of social media in education is here to stay. On...

Poetry: Step Out

Step out   A track: 400 meter Loops No potholes No cars Reliable Orange oval   A treadmill: 9.6 miles per hour Legs: no chance to Fail or Slow   A home: Peanut butter, top left cabinet No smooth when I want Crunchy No...

Our summer road trip through mask-free red states

My family decided to hit the open road the second that school let out. After having spent the majority of the year on Zoom,...

It’s almost summer. Are you ready for the big return to “normal”?

I was going to write about burnout…but, guess what? Life’s just too good right now. The energy shift is almost palpable, even just in...

The world is still uncertain: How do we deal?

Let me just start by saying how thrilling it is that every single person I know is vaccinated. Though this is true, the life...

Milpitas Library: My family’s journey through the phased re-opening (yes, it’s OPEN!)

Milpitas Library is my family’s absolute favorite place in the community -- well-organized, friendly staff, and great programs. What’s not to love? The first...

Beverly Cleary books brought joy to my family during a hard year

Beverly Cleary has meant the world to my children and I during the coronavirus pandemic. My own mother, who lives far from my family,...

When it comes to in-person learning, there’s no good answer

I was told that on April 1st, Milpitas public schools would be opening up…and fittingly, given the date of the reopening, it’s feeling like...

Happy Pandemic Anniversary: A Year in Review

It’s finally here! The day we’ve all been waiting for: the one-year anniversary of pandemic bliss! Here are a few highlights from the best...

Valley Water gathering public feedback on proposed expansion of Pacheco Reservoir

The first few months of this rainfall season were below average across California, with drought conditions evident statewide. Although the Golden State received a...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Tips on communicating with someone who has recovered from an eating disorder

"How's your new diet going?" I hear one woman ask another at the playground.  "It's hard. I've been eating the shakes and the bars. So...

This Valentine’s Day, let go of expectations

 My dad’s carelessness drove my mother crazy. Without fail, each time he would leave the house (giving himself not a moment to spare), he...

Obituary: Moises Romero Oribello, Jr.

Moises Romero Oribello, Jr., age 69, of Milpitas, California, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Hospital in...

Your Song

Your Song One note, two notes Maybe three A forth, a fifth Some bars A key Major, minor Treble, bass A metronome To set the pace Whole notes, slow notes Sixteenth, fast Whispers of Musicians past Forge forward...

A new way of connecting with students during virtual learning

A recent survey asked students what would be most helpful to their learning during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds agreed that more interaction with teachers...

Everybody Can Be Talented

“What a great writer!” I remember my second-grade teacher praising me for my daily journal. I must be really good at this, I thought....

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