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Andrea's Anecdotes A column by Andrea Beaudoin


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March 12, 2014 - We all make mistakes. We don't live in a perfect world, and it would be pretty boring if we did. Sometimes when you make mistakes you just need to admit it, apologize and hope you can move forward.

Media is referred to as the fourth estate for a reason. It's our job, and just a little of our very large obligation to readers, to make sure the government stays transparent, follows laws and responds to residents.

Government officials may get upset with reporters, but we are just doing our job. Nothing personal-really.

Current and former city officials like to say CNews has reported inaccurate facts, but the truth is we have reported on the issues and concerned residents point of view—something the resident feels the city never addresses.

I looked through all CNews editions over the past year, and we have not been asked to make any corrections for stories we have reported on. It seems like asking for a correction would be a top priority if you feel a city resident, or the newspaper is wrong.

Independence Township Conservative Club said they enjoy my columns. They really liked "Death by Dog" so they have asked me to speak this week at their March 13 meeting at the Big Boy in Clarkston.

I love all the ribbon cuttings that happen in Clarkston. Our Chamber of Commerce ladies sure know what they are doing when it comes to business. The gals know how to throw a party.

Moving on...

Today, Monday March 8, I felt spring in the air. The birds were singing and I noticed some snow had melted. Bad news is that the National Weather Service in White Lake, told yours truly the cold temperatures will continue this month. April may even be colder than normal.

I know I'm not alone when it comes to how badly I want to say goodbye to winter.

Speaking of weather. I know a young teenager with moods resembling a bad storm. It's like a tornado, a destructive force, when a good mood turns quickly into a bad mood. I think this kind of behavior is similar to weather patterns, when two fronts combine.

This teen also has two very different parents—with two completely different personalities. It makes me wonder what can help these bad "storms" combine more peacefully. After a bad storm, often comes the most beautiful day.

Staff writer covering Independence Township and Clarkston area.
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