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Holocaust trip, teacher applauded

June 19, 2013 The headline, “Chautauqua Lake group visits Holocaust sites in Europe,” that appeared in the (June 6 paper) was most significant. more »»

School mergers: Longer term next steps

June 12, 2013 I wrote first drafts of all of these letters before the consultant’s report came out, when “recommendation 23” — closing a building in five years — wasn’t in our merger lingo. more »»


June 12, 2013 Letter to the Editor of the Westfield Republican, Perception is reality only in the minds with the expertise to accurately comprehend the reality of perception. Demagogues are experts of deception. more »»

School mergers: Downsides

June 5, 2013 I was tempted to leave this blank. The biggest fear seems to be a loss of community. The question is what is the size of the community you live in? You probably buy many things locally. more »»

What is different about police contract?

June 5, 2013 Dear Editor, I recently read that the Westfield Village Board of Trustees has approved a contract for the policing of the Town of Westfield by the Village of Westfield Police Department. more »»

Recognizing the Class of 1944

June 5, 2013 In recognition of the Class of 1944 being 69 years from graduation day, a goal proud to reach. Be content with what you have because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. more »»

A Parent Memories

June 5, 2013 I ache every time I see The father of a fallen Vet That we lost from here ago And can see the hurting still Lost the day before we got Ben Laden Only added to the tragedy A favorite son my... more »»

Azalea stolen, but replace by wonderful friends

May 29, 2013 On May 7, my mother, Leona Gundlach, eagerly planted a beautiful deep pink azalea in her front yard at 48 Clinton Street. On Mother’s Day morning, when she looked out to see it, it was gon. more »»

School mergers: Student benefits

May 29, 2013 The bottom line in a merger process is to ask ourselves if our children’s and grandchildren’s educations would be improved if Westfield and Brocton are separate or togethe. more »»

May Lament

May 29, 2013 Memorial Day just weeks away The start of Summer’s festive season A time to remember those who’ve passed From any accident, ails, or war Remembering our favorite sons Often who remember moms and... more »»

How to deal with anyone over 60

May 29, 2013 It’s obvious to me and many others that Obamacare thinks that we old useless people use up too many dollars and too much of the country’s medical resources. more »»

School mergers: Financial benefits

May 22, 2013 New York State wants schools to merge so badly it dangles huge pots of money in front of schools to actually merge. more »»

Mothers’ Day Muse

May 22, 2013 Here’s a poem for mothers, dear Those alive and those we’ve lost Those anew with babes in arms And expectant women still on hold Remember those we’ve lost to age And to those just turning another... more »»

School mergers: The do nothing option

May 15, 2013 If schools do not do something to gain efficiencies or increase funding, such as merge, tuition, or regional high school, the future is grim. Schools are spending their savings like crazy. more »»

School mergers: The expense side

May 8, 2013 Education is a labor intensive process. Although ads may show people learning a new language by simply listening/watching some software package, it is never that simpl. more »»

A message to the Westfield Class of 2013

May 8, 2013 The Westfield Academy and Central School Class of 2013 is a very special one to me. On the last day of my career in 2007, I never really said, “good-bye,” to you; departures are always hard for me. more »»

School mergers: A recent history of New York State school funding

May 1, 2013 School districts all over New York State are going financially bankrupt. How did this happen? This talks about the funding sid. more »»

School mergers: The merger process

April 24, 2013 New York State says it is all for school mergers. As one who has been in private industry for 25 plus years, the process mystifies me. more »»

April 9 was Equal Pay Day

April 17, 2013 April 9 marked Equal Pay Day, the date when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s from the previous year. more »»

The Fired Few

April 10, 2013 Pentecost is almost here That apostolic time of year Remember acts of Saints long past And their sight of the risen Lord at last Who breathed upon all those inside Gathered now no need to hide A... more »»



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