Council’s library vote right on the money

A tip of the hat to the Westfield City Council, which voted 6-1 last week to improve and expand the Westfield Washington Public Library without raising residents’ taxes. The council approved a $2-million bond for the renovation and enlargement of the building at 333 W. Hoover St. The move will allow for extra community meeting space, an area for home-schooled youth and their parents, more quiet and study areas as well as a new computer lab. So, we get the best of both worlds: a community institution will be improved and not an additional dime for it comes out of the pockets of taxpayers.

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Westfield Rocks the 4th is still a few weeks away, but the need for volunteers is now. We urge you to spend whatever time you have available helping this growing community celebration. Organizers are looking for assistance with Westfield’s largest event, and just a couple hours is all it needs to be. Several shifts are available. For more information, please contact Angie Sur at t.angie@ymail.com.

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We’re adding Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to our list of heroes. By first staunchly and successfully campaigning against mandatory membership in unions for workers and then surviving a recall election, we believe he has the right stuff to eventually make a serious run at the White House. The guy has smarts, guts and determination, all of which, in our view, have been sorely missing components of the modern-day Republican Party. He and Chris Christie, the fast-moving, no-nonsense governor of New Jersey, can lead our parade any day.