Opinion: Brightening the holidays

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With the seventh-annual Grand Junction Derby just concluded, it’s time to begin thinking about Westfield’s next great community event, Westfield in Lights. Yes, we know the leaves have yet to turn, but 4 p.m. Dec. 5 is something to put on your calendars now. Downtown Westfield will be transformed into a festive attraction during December. Using more 80,000 feet of Christmas lights, the scene will be set for brightening the holidays. It’s really terrific.

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This whole Volkswagen thing is an incredible mess. If you don’t own a VW, you’re probably thinking the fallout won’t affect you. Wrong. You and we, via the federal government, paid out in excess of $51 million for green-car subsidies – all because the emissions reports were pure fiction. Fleeced again, fellow taxpayers, weren’t we? And yet nobody seems to care. It’s just another headline fading to white by now.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) can’t make up her mind about a lot of issues, can she? With a U.S. Senate voting record that shows her as uncompromisingly pro-choice with respect to abortions, the campaign cycle has brought about a different response. She said to NBC News that she was “open” to restrictions on late-term abortion. Draw your own conclusion.

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The Stupid Americans of the Week Award (we just made up that title) goes to the couple in central Ohio that knocked off a community bank and followed that by posting photos of themselves with fistfuls of dollars on Facebook. Didn’t need Sherlock Holmes to solve that.

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Columbus Day is Oct. 12, and the post office will be closed. As a result, Current will be delivered on Oct. 10.

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