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Commentary

Arthur Boorman Ottaway’s lasting gift

Ninety years ago, on July 15, 1930, two events were held at a yet unnamed piece of lakefront property. The first party of the day was the festive annual picnic for employees of the Welch Grape Juice Company. Soon following that event, the Westfield Board of Trustees gathered for a ceremony to ...

Past problems trouble relationship

Part two of our series ended with a clear plan. Jacob is to return for another session with his partner/spouse, Larry. Larry is held up in a hotel room. Jacob’s cry for help may finally be answered. The onus of responsibility is thrust upon his shoulders. A stable marriage has recently been ...

Toppling the dissent on monuments

Antifa, Black Lives Matters, George Floyd protesters, and fellow travelers have defaced, destroyed, removed, or sparked plans for the removal of many memorials. The memorials include monuments, plaques, and statues. Protesters targeted memorials for confederate leaders such as Jefferson ...

Constitution protects the little ones too

Delegates to the 1787 constitutional convention were divided over how to apportion Congress. States with larger populations advocated basing representation on population. States with smaller populations feared this would allow states with larger populations to ...

Treasured concepts for our country

Freedom and intelligence are undoubtedly two of the most treasured concepts we know. The United States is civilized mankind’s first escape to freedom from the oppressive domination by European tyrants. It has led us to become almost worshipers of freedom. Freedom, however, is just an ...

Setting a course for the future 81 years ago

I was a rather shy 9-year-old farm boy from the country. Rarely, did we ever have the opportunity to visit the “big city”. On a bright sunny Saturday in early July, just before the busy farm harvest season began got underway, my family and I went to visit my aunt and uncle who had ...