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Am I my brother's keeper?

"Am I my brother's keeper?" In the biblical story of Cain and Abel, that was the question the former asked in response to God's inquiry as to the latter's whereabouts. Cain asked the question as part of an attempt to cover his tracks after murdering his brother....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Legislating thought dangerous? Nah, inevitable

" . . . nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed."

I always thought one of the nifty things about living in America, as a citizen of these here United States, was the freedom to be "Me" or the freedom for you to be "You." Carrying that notion a bit further, is the freedom to think, feel and express myself as I see fit....more >>

Letter to Editor: Was the 'Dhimmitude' column an April Fools' Day joke?

C.J. Carnacchio's April Fools' column about the Chinese taking over the Oxford Leader was both funny and clever. There was, however, another columm by Jim Sherman, Sr., which was a little less clear....more >>

Jim's Jottings

The May 5 Tax Proposal is a scam!

I suppose I should suggest you read the May 5 Road tax proposal for yourselves. But, I don't want to subject you to this insanely complex formula. How in hell, and why in hell, did the legislature vote to raise taxes on fuel, raise our sales tax, raise the vehicle registration fees while not immediately supplementing the road budgets? In the first two years of tax increases, a significant portion of the new "road" "revenues" go to pay down road related debt accumulated by the men and women in Lansing, our legislature....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the BlankA column by Phil Custodio

Push to help vets in need

Last year about this time, folks all over the country were starting to dump ice water over their heads. The Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge success, raising $115 million and awareness of ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, "Lou Gehrig's Disease....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Property suggestion Dear Editor, In regards to "Rumors surround corner lot," April 9 edition — this really got our interest! Having read several articles discussing the corner property, Main and Waldon, we see no reference to the best of all possible uses! Leaving it as a restored natural green corner! That is, return the only significant open lot on south Main Street to a designated natural conservation preserve, in marked contrast with using every piece of valuable open land for suburban development! So why not? Well, that defies economic sense! As J....more >>

Words from the Sup't

M-STEP wasn't ready, sup't says

As your superintendent, I work each day to fulfill the mission of the Clarkston Community Schools: to cultivate thinkers, learners, and positive contributors to a global society. As I encounter requirements and circumstances that conflict with our mission, I am compelled to call them into question....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Jesus' teachings radical then as now

Weeded the garlic bed yesterday. Sometimes it is nice to be able to look back and see that something got done. Two five-gallon buckets full of weeds. Nothing visible but garlic stalks and soil....more >>
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Born April 21st
1849: Oskar Hertwig, embryologist.
1864: Max Weber, German sociologist and political economist.
1909: Rollo May, psychologist.
1912: Marcel Camus, French film director (Black Orpheus).
1923: John Mortimor, British barrister and playwright (Rumpole of the Bailey).
April 21st
in history
1960: Brasilia becomes the capital of Brazil.
1961: The French army revolts in Algeria.
1966: Pfc. Milton Lee Olive is awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for bravery during the Vietnam War.
1975: The last South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigns.
1995: Federal authorities arrest Timothy McVeigh in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.