It's about more than just books: Why literacy is important

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1899545" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Noah Webster[/caption] The earliest human records appeared about 3,000 or 4,000 B.C. – Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets in the Mesopotamian Valley. This was more…

Was John F. Kennedy truly a man of faith?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3343274" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John F. Kennedy[/caption] He was awarded the Navy's medal of heroism during World War II. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book more…

Memorial Day: Not about barbecues and road trips

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3348304" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ronald Reagan lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.[/caption] Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and more…

Rights, yes; but what about responsibility?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2047425" align="aligncenter" width="600"] U.S. Senate chaplain Peter Marshall[/caption] Twentieth-Century Fox made a motion picture in 1955 titled "A Man Called Peter," about the life of U.S. Senate more…

John Wayne: Great actor, but even greater American

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3330374" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Wayne[/caption] "Mad Anthony" Wayne raised a militia unit at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and participated in the invasion of Canada. He more…

'Father of our Country' is not who you think

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2183125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Signing of Declaration of Independence[/caption] Virginia's royal governor, Lord Dunmore, dismissed Virginia's House of Burgesses on May 27, 1774. Why? Thomas Jefferson had drafted more…

We are failing the 'true test of civilization'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2040495" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ralph Waldo Emerson[/caption] William Lloyd Garrison published the Boston anti-slavery paper "Liberator" and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Suffering hundreds of death more…

Tiny mountain man, giant reputation

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2040215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Kit Carson[/caption] Following Lewis and Clark's expedition, notable mountain men explored America's west. Notable names include: John Frémont, Joseph Meek, John Sutter, Peter Skene more…