Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Those attacks were carried out by 19 Muslim extremists who believed they were following the will of Allah by killing "infidels" who didn't share their faith. These true believers also looked forward to a handsome reward in the afterlife for their acts of murder and martyrdom.
Four years ago, I wrote a column promoting California's high-speed rail project. I believed then, and I believe now, that linking cities throughout the Golden State with a bullet train that travels from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours will provide tremendous economic benefits. Unfortunately, a lot has happened with HSR that has tarnished much of my optimism for the project.
In 1977, the South Valley was a much different place: a smaller, less diverse population meant fewer Jews living in Hollister, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Stuart Blumberg, a Gilroy resident at the time, reflects back on "how alone South County Jews felt, transplanted from elsewhere and seeking spiritual support."
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