Beethoven: Deafness no barrier to brilliance

by Bill Federer -- Twenty years after composer Johann Sebastian Bach died, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, and baptized on Dec. 17, 1770. While Bach lived during the Baroque more…

Should the Bill of Rights 'evolve'?

by Bill Federer -- "We will use the freedoms of the Constitution to destroy the Constitution" – was a sign held by a Muslim demonstrator in Dearborn, Michigan, reported in Dr. Irwin more…

George Washington's unique legacy among leaders

by Bill Federer -- He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into "acute laryngitis" and the doctors more…

What was unique about Pennsylvania's founding?

by Bill Federer -- Pennsylvania became the second state to join the Union, Dec. 12, 1787. Pennsylvania was where the Continental Congress met, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and where more…