Opinion: Westfield Welcome a successful effort


Now that the hustle-and-bustle nature of the holidays is in our wake – and we hope your holidays were fulfilling – we have some catching up to do. Top of the list: A salute to the City of Westfield, which last month feted its seemingly endless parade of volunteers with a year-end appreciation party. The initiative is Westfield Welcome, and its focal point last year was Grand Park. According to the city,  “Volunteers provided a friendly welcome and hospitality to more than 600,000 unique visitors from all 50 states (more than 1.5 million total visits).” The effort was a massive success, by any measure, and it shows how important volunteerism is in tourism in addition to many of the city’s other initiatives. Remember, nothing bad happens when you decide to volunteer. Please view opportunities at www.westfieldwelcome.com/volunteer.

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We don’t “get” a lot of things, and this certainly is among them: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was spending time last week ripping Donald Trump (R-Billions) and trying to filch as many of Trump’s working middle-class supporters as he could. We don’t get it. Last we checked, this liberalism-intoxicated candidate  should be going after Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) if he wants to gain the Democratic Party’s nomination for the November general election. There clearly is a load of fodder there, were he to avail himself of it.

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Prevail, which serves victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton and surrounding counties, is partnering with the Indy Fuel for the Jan. 16 game against Orlando. If you buy your tickets at prevailinc.com, 100 percent of the proceeds go to the organization. Please consider that.