We had occasion to dine with a customer and his bride recently. The discussion, of course, turned to politics, as inevitably is the case when we all get together. Our guest is a rather astute fellow, well educated and on the corporate fast track, it seems. We talked about the Republican Party, and whether it really knows what the heck it is doing. Our guest was quick to point out that presidential aspirant Donald Trump (R-Billions) would fade after the holidays. Then came forth the poll results showing Trump trailing Ben Carson (R-Md.) in Iowa. Is this the beginning of the end, as our guest believes? It well could be, but we all agreed that after the holidays is the time to really zone in on results. You may find it as interesting as we did that our guest was quick to note John Kasich (R-Ohio) is, in his opinion, an “incredibly viable challenger” and “I think his numbers will improve” in the new year. We’re not so sure, but that would be interesting to watch.
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Here’s another noteworthy improvement to traffic flow for Westfield: The new, $1,328,503 roundabout at West 161st Street and Oak Ridge Road is scheduled to open at 1 p.m. Nov. 2. The city says the roundabout will feature asphalt trails along the perimeter and comes as Westfield is beginning work with engineering consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff on a Safe Routes to School Plan for Oak Trace Elementary School. The plan will identify recommendations in the areas of education, encouragement, engineering and enforcement to improve the safety of students that walk or bike to school. The idea is to increase those numbers.