Diverse ideas, cultures and behaviors can cause friction and stress. However, I believe in respecting people, even if their thoughts differ from mine. This means being kind. It means not insulting people.
What does it mean to respect people in Portola Valley? It means treating people of all backgrounds and income levels well. It means driving carefully, to respect other road users. It means welcoming visitors and helping them understand trail use. Admonish a mountain biker or dog walker on a trail restricted to hikers only, but treat them kindly with respect.
A destructive, mean action can be hurtful, cruel and devastating, but one can still respect the person, while condemning the deed. We need to foster a culture of forgiveness and kindness, at the same time insisting on justice and fairness.
Angela Hey is a candidate for Portola Valley Town Council. She is an experienced technology marketing consultant who serves nonprofits, as a volunteer.