Opinion: ‘Voices’ tour a crowd pleaser

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The popular Voices from the Past returns for Westfield residents on Sept. 11 and 12. Again, the 90-minute, living-history guided walk through downtown will be conducted by Westfield Parks and Recreation, which does a wonderful job of making sure actors from the Westfield Playhouse portray those who had important roles in this burgeoning city’s history.  As the city likes to point out, Westfield leads the state in highest concentration of families, and Voices from the Past is yet another way to connect longtime residents to those recently relocated here. It’s an inexpensive, educational and unique experience, and the volunteers do a bang-up job. Tickets and more information are available at www.enjoywestfieldevents.com.

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“DOESN’T APPLY TO US, ONLY TO YOU” – We’re all well aware that California has debilitating drought. The state legislature has ordered citizens to curb use of water or pay exorbitant fines. So, then, it was absolutely no surprise to us that five members of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors continue to frequently wash their vehicles. At. Taxpayer. Expense. One among them was said to be washing his car three times a week, the others one to two times. (We’re lucky if we get ours done once a month!) Local L.A. media sought comment from the officials. Predictably, there was none.

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WHATEVER THEY’RE DRINKING … NO, THANKS! – Staff and students in the University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion want people to think beyond the he/she pronouns and are encouraging use of gender-neutral pronouns such as xe, xym and xyr. This is higher education at its utmost level of alertness. Wake us when it’s over, please.

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