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Don't Rush Me

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Readers . . . you complete me!

To some, I'm just a mild-mannered reporter-type. To my boys, I'm a stingy, skinflint, scrooge-like guy. To other's, I'm a fast-graying dinosaur, that should be led out to pasture, making way for a new world without controversy....more >>

Jim's Jottings

First some comments, then my closer

• It really spoils the image when I hear this country's leaders publicly use the worst curse words. An uncle once told me, "People swear when they aren't smart enough to think of clean words....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Mole Wars III

The Saga Continues!

A long, long time ago, in a yard not far enough away, the grass grew green and lush; worms and grubs lived in peace. Life was good for many a moon. Then I bought the property. And, the forces of darkness marshalled their forces....more >>

Opinions

Lions White Cane sale success

Dear Editor, Last weekend the Goodrich Lions Club held its annual White Cane "sale" at Tom's Coney Island in Goodrich, a grocery store in Grand Blanc, and a store in Burton. Despite the slow economy we are all familiar with, and a few minor showers on Saturday, this was another successful sale, exceeding last year's total by more than $100....more >>

Opinions

Privatize busing, bad idea by district

Dear Editor, I am a retired bus driver who worked in the Brandon School District for 20 years. I am dismayed as I follow what is happening in the district with regards to balancing the budget....more >>

Opinions

School problem: blame administration, school board

Dear Editor, For those of you who have never witnessed the finely tuned wheels of school government in action, I urge you to attend a school board or committee meeting. I recently attended a finance committee meeting where the school superintendent's contract renewal was to be discussed....more >>

Opinions

Stop signs better for village

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'Village traffic light update, costly, better option sought by council,' The Citizen, May 1, page 1) Why are we making a simple, efficient decision regarding a traffic light so complicated? What a good idea to put in four stop signs and do away with the traffic light....more >>

Opinions

We support Coach Kimmel, BHS soccer

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Brandon sports, 'oh yea, not so good,' ' The Citizen, May 1, 2010, page 6). All of us are, or will soon be, graduates of Brandon H.S. and have played on the varsity soccer team coached by Phil Kimmel....more >>

Opinions

Brandon sports, 'oh yea, not so good'

Dear Editor, Ah yes, springtime in Ortonville. The birds are a chirpin', the bees are a buzzin'. The scent of fresh young blossoms in the air, mixed with the bittersweet smell of sporting mediocrity wafting from Brandon Schools....more >>

Opinions

Judy Henley has been there for many

Dear Editor, Judy Henley is retiring June 30, 2010 after a total of 13 years of being the Director of the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund (OCEF). In her position, she has helped countless people obtain food, and in so many other ways....more >>

Opinions

Response, expertise wonderful

Dear Editor, Our heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone that was there following Kurt Allen's accident near the intersection of M-15 and South Street during the afternoon of April 20....more >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Watchdog

Being the watch dog of the community is not always an easy task, nor is it always a "fun" one either, but as a journalist it is my duty. Since my last column "Who's slaughtering who?" (April 14 edition) I've recieved many e-mails, calls, and comments from various readers, some who loved it and gave me a high-five others who thought I should have took a more "civil" approach....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Al needs Constitution refresher

Dear Editor, I hope Dr. Al Roberts goes to Clarkston High School and spends some time freshening up on the First Amendment. Then, perhaps, he will stop making veiled and not-so-veiled threats to sue the local newspaper and taxpayers who "malign" him by publicly asking legitimate questions about how their money is being spent and how two important administrator positions were recently filled....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Where's city outsourcing savings?

Dear Editor, It is interesting that at the last Village of Clarkston City Council meeting, our elected representatives rejected the outsourcing of lawn mowing for public grounds even though it was less costly than the City estimates it costs to do it with DPW employees and other City resources....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Bailey Lake Talent Show thanks

Dear Editor, I just wanted to send out a public Thank You and Congratulations to all who were involved in the Bailey Lake Talent Show that took place at the CJHS Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 23rd....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Shazzamm! It's clean.

Dear Editor, Recently there was a question asked about who was responsible for maintenance at the park and ride at I-75 and M-15. The question goes unanswered but the place has been cleaned up! Shazzamm and Gollie! Cleaning up is usually a thankless job, but here and now, thanks for cleaning up....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Moms deserve thanks for the blessings they are

This week we focus on someone important to us: our mothers. Where would we be without them, our birth-mother or one who loved and adopted us into her family—as her own? Many examples of mothers in the Bible that us how God leads and supplies us....more >>

School cuts 'don't go far enough'

Letter to the editor

Dear editor, On Monday, May 3, I happened to be browsing the employment section of the Lake Orion Community Schools site under "support staff" and noted this posting: Associate Business Manager, with deadline for applications May 7 and salary of $80,700....more >>

Opinions

Pulling my hair out over (superintendent's) extension

Here's what the community tells me about Lake Orion Community Schools: Teachers live in fear for their jobs while their emails are monitored and their classrooms are micromanaged....more >>

Business 'should be applauded'

Letter to the editor

Dear editor, The local business owner of Cartridge World has been donating his time and profit to the district since 2008 ('Look under every rock' Is district ignoring cost saving options, April 28)....more >>

Letter to the editor

Mickey saves the day for neighbor

Dear editor, My heartfelt thanks go out to my long-time neighbors, the Sulisz family and their dog, Mickey. I am an 80-year-old woman living independently in my Lake Orion home of 35 years....more >>

A look at school administrator perks

Letter to the editor

Dear editor, In this letter I need to question the LOCS benefits or "perks" of our Administration. Why are we still giving out "perks" when we are in a financial crunch? As it stands now, the Administration gets paid a mileage stipend, longevity pay, contributions to TSA's, cell phones and other unknown benefits....more >>

Letter to the editor

Planner 'needs to be replaced'

Dear editor, I am writing in regard to an (Orion Township Planning Commission) meeting of Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Sandra Dyl madea statement that she, along with her neighbors, did not approve of something the rest of the planners were talking about....more >>
Donald Turner
The Oxford Leader
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Born November 22nd
1899: Hoagy Carmichael, American composer, pianist and singer.
1913: Benjamin Britten, English composer, pianist and conductor.
1924: Geraldine Page, actress well known for roles in Tennessee Williams' plays.
1925: Gunther Schuller, composer and French Horn player.
1943: Billie Jean King, U.S. tennis player and women's rights pioneer.
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in history
1964: Almost 40,000 people pay tribute to John F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first anniversary of his death.
1973: Great Britain announces a plan for moderate Protestants and Catholics to share power in Northern Ireland.
1980: Eighteen Communist Party secretaries in 49 provinces are ousted from Poland.
1982: President Ronald Reagan calls for defense-pact deployment of the MX missile.
1986: Justice Department finds memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North's office on the transfer of $12 million to Contras of Nicaragua from Iranian arms sale.