Best government: Top-down or bottom-up?

by Bill Federer -- Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian Calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims' ship, Mayflower, with the blessings of their separatist pastor, John Robinson. Their 66-day more…

William Taft: Big president, big ideas

by Bill Federer -- He was the only U.S. president to be appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was William Howard Taft, born Sept. 15, 1857. After the more…

Harvard University's departure from original goal

by Bill Federer -- John Harvard's grandfather lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and was an associate of Shakespeare's father. Harvard's father was a butcher and tavern owner. Most of his family died when a more…

Sept. 11: A day of infamy throughout history

by Bill Federer -- Sept. 11, 1565 In 1565, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dominated the Mediterranean, with intentions of not only invading Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca, and southern Spain, but Rome itself. The more…

The true source of California's wealth

by Bill Federer -- In 1769, the first Spanish missions were founded in California by Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra, whose statue is in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. California cities were originally more…

Has Jerusalem ever known peace?

by Bill Federer -- Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. on the date in the Jewish calendar 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av. The Second Temple more…

What a modern saint had to say about abortion

by Bill Federer -- Albania had been part of the Christian Byzantine Empire then part of the Christian Bulgarian Empire. Albania was conquered in 1431 by Ottoman Turkish Muslims. Islamic Crusaders led more…