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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Parade, please

March 23, 2011 - With a name like Independence Township, this place had better be able to field an Independence Day Parade. What else are we going to do on the Fourth of July? If we can't, we ought to just change it.

Community groups have been stepping forward a lot recently, helping out or taking over Friendly Forest, Deer Lake Beach, Fourth of July in Clintonwood Park, and other activities.

That's great government can't support these things, what with falling property taxes, crappy economy, and everything.

So if residents want these things, they're getting out there and making it happen.

Whichever community group steps forward this time, I'll help out with planning, attending meetings, showing up at 6 a.m., July 4, to place traffic cones, hand out ice cream cones, or whatever else is needed.

Get the American Legion, floats, fire trucks, police cars, marching bands, civic groups maybe not so many politicians.

I'm getting the feeling this spring may be a bit busier than before.


President Ronald Reagan bombed Libya 25 years ago this year.

What better time for President Obama (O-bomb-a?) to repeat it? He's been trying to emulate the previous president for a while. It's also 210 years since the start of the Barbary Wars, when Tripoli was again bombed by America.

We commemorate milestones to lots of other wars this year.

It's 255 years since the start of the French and Indian War; 235 year anniversary of the Declaration of Independence; 175 years since the start of the War of Texas Independence; and 165 years since the start of the Mexican American War.

A big one this year is the 150-year anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but it's also 70 years since the start of World War II, for the United States, at least, and 20 years since the start of the First Gulf War, against Iraq I was in that one. Also, of course, 10 years since 9/11 and the start of the War on Terror with the invasion of Afghanistan.

Two of these are still going on (if you count Iraq as one big one). Guess we can add Libya to the list.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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