On Feb. 24, I had the privilege of attending the annual “Americanism Program” at the Joseph W. Diehn Post 468 of the American Legion. The program was to honor their Americanism and Government Test winners and essay winners. We also heard from the 2018 Buckeye Boys State and Girls State delegates about their experiences from sessions last summer.
The Post has been sponsoring these competitions for over fifty years and I have enjoyed attending many of them over the last quarter of a century, even speaking at a few. This year the speaker was Mary Westphal, president of Sylvania City Council, who spoke about the need for civil discourse and consensus building and the ways to successfully go about it, as she does at city council.