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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 30th
1871: Ernest Rutherford, physicist who discovered and named alpha, beta and gamma radiation and was the first to achieve a man-made nuclear reaction.
1893: Huey P. Long, Louisiana politician who served as governor and U.S. senator, known as The Kingfish.
1918: Ted Williams, Hall of Fame outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, the last man to hit .400 in a season.
August 30th
in history
1861: Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. President Lincoln overrules the general.
1892: The Moravia, a passenger ship arriving from Germany, brings cholera to the United States.
1932: Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.
1944: Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.
1957: In an effort to stall the Civil Rights Act of 1957 from passing, Senator Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.) filibusters for over 24 hours. The bill passed, but Thurmond's filibuster becomes the longest in Senate history.