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Don't Rush Me

Christmas songs . . .

I like 'em!

When we broke out the Christmas decorations a few weeks ago, also let loose were the two dozen Christmas albums, er, CDs I have. My taste in Christmas music, is much like my taste in many things....more >>
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Jim's Jottings

Happy New Year from the Grandkids!

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren pictured on the wall (Dan and Karen Offer) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3-years-old and Karen was four-months-old....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for blood-drive donations

Dear Editor, I would like to thank everyone who came out last Friday to our Red Cross blood drive held at the fire department. There was a very good turn out, to the point a few people had to turned away at one point....more >>

Opinions

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Predictions for 2010

With the new decade upon us (or close enough at least), how about some predictions: Frustrated by a lack of progress on important Independence Township matters, Trustee Neil Wallace calls for bi-daily meetings of the Township Board....more >>

Letter to the editor

Rotary thank-you for community

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Rotary Club would like to sincerely thank all of those who so generously donated during the 59th annual Goodfellow Newspaper sales held in early December....more >>

Letter to the editor

Recall letter misrepresented commission hearing

Dear Editor, The letter "Recall right to be dismissed," Dec. 23, misrepresented the actions of the Oakland County Election Commission at the hearing for the petition to recall Supervisor Wagner....more >>
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MC -- The Hammer

MC - the hammer

Honey, I'm home!

Most people know I'm a yooper (from the Upper Peninsula). I talk about that fact all the time. I love being outside, I miss camping in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes I need my Lake Superior fix so badly I make the ten-hour round trip just to spend a few hours on its shores....more >>

Guest columnist

Welcome to the neighborhood, Panera Bread

When new neighbors move into the community it is customary for existing residents to organize a welcoming committee and provide a small gift. It's a way of demonstrating the hospitality of the community....more >>

Letter to the editor

Use tax money as intended

Dear editor, Are higher taxes really the answer to our problems? Shouldn't our elected officials be held accountable for the money they already get from our taxes? Maybe we wouldn't have this problem if tax money is used for what is was intended....more >>

My Way

Taxes are a lot like poison. In small doses, they can be tolerated. But in large amounts, they're lethal. Case in point, Oxford Community Schools is considering shifting its tax collection from the current 50/50 split between the summer and winter bills to a 100 percent bite in the summer, possibly starting in 2011....more >>
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Born August 28th
1896: Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist and short-story writer.
1903: Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychologist, educator of autistic and emotionally disturbed children.
1908: Roger Tory Peterson, author of the innovative bird book A Field Guide to Birds.
1925: Donald O'Connor, entertainer (Singin' in the Rain, Anything Goes).
1952: Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
August 28th
in history
0: Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, is killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.
1862: Mistakenly believing the Confederate Army to be in retreat, Union General John Pope attacks, beginning the Battle of Groveten. Both sides sustain heavy casualties.
1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.
1938: The first degree given to a ventriloquist's dummy is awarded to Charlie McCarthy--Edgar Bergen's wooden partner. The honorary degree, Master of Innuendo and Snappy Comeback, is presented on radio by Ralph Dennis, the dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University.
1941: The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed Graph