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Jim's Jottings

Taking Five.

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Don't Rush Me

Gas prices -- is there a method to the mess?

Supply and Demand Economics?

Once upon a time I was content to merely moan and groan about the ever-increasing cost of gasoline. "Oh woe is me!" "Dang those evil profiteers!" It is easy to write about the rising costs of anything....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Frogs, bikes and cars . . .

Oh My! The saga continues with more opinion

Holy I-Got-A-Blister-On-Me-Bum, Batman! Letters and emails keep coming in about bicyclists and their rights . . . I should have known better than to try and buck the Spandex Revolution, yet something had to be said....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Back to work

This year's vacation went fast. My family gets together every couple years for a week, renting a big house or cabins on the shores of some lake. We've been to the Upper Peninsula, foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and the plains of Colorado....more >>

Letter to the editor

City millage vote needed

Dear Editor, "Hey officer, does your police car have a hemi?" If the officers on Clarkston Police Department could receive a dollar for every time we answered that question, there would be no need for a millage increase! No, our police car is not equipped with a Hemi V-8 engine....more >>

Letter to the editor

Clarkston millage's complicated

Dear Editor, I would like to clarify your article, "City police millage important, chief says," June 30. It is not a "police millage." While Clarkston City Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting language for a police millage, and made several other requests for this, the ballot language accepted by the council is for increasing the 15 mill charter tax limit, currently 13....more >>

Letter to the editor

Parks millage for Springfield Township

Dear Editor, When Springfield Township voters go to the polls for the Aug. 3 Primary Election, they will decide a proposal concerning dedicated funding for Springfield Township Parks....more >>

Guest viewpoint: Maria Rotondo-Mark

Relationships and love

While most relationships are chosen and cultivated; on the other hand, relatives are inherited. To relate to relatives is a relatable choice. To be inherited is often taking things for granted, not to be misunderstood as free of attachment! Often we seem to mistake love as the relationship....more >>

Retirement resource:A column by David Boike

Make a plan for no Social Security

Social Security is a long-standing American program, but recently it has begun to show signs of strain; it was recently announced that 2010 is the first year Social Security will run at a deficit because it will pay out nearly $30 billion more than it takes in through taxes....more >>

Spiritual matters

Unmasking, emerging from our depression

Several months ago I did a series called Survivor. We looked at a handful of things that make life tough. One of those things was depression. I think we all deal with some form of depression even if it's just discouragement....more >>

Letter to the editor: Township vs. village: A challenge

Dear editor, The firebreathing dragon has returned to Lake Orion. He rests in the bay near Orion Marine, waiting for Dragon on the Lake celebration August 28-29 - especially the dragon boat races....more >>

Letter to the editor: Thanks for Love INC fundraiser help

Dear editor, Love INC of North Oakland County would like to thank Italia Gardens Restaurant for hosting the very successful fundraiser for us on June 24. We would also like to thank all those who participated in this event....more >>

Letter to the editor: Businesses help provide free meals

Dear editor, Love INC and Lake Orion United Methodist Church would like to thank the local businesses and individuals who supported our free meal last Monday. Because of these businesses, we are able to serve free meals to people who are financially stretched during this downturn in the economy....more >>

Letter to the editor: Reader hopes 'voters do the right thing'

Dear editor, I sincerely hope voters will do the right thing on August 3 by voting to approve the renewal of the small millage needed to operate, maintain and improve the Oakland County Parks....more >>
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Born August 2nd
1865: Irving Babbitt, scholar and founder of the modern humanistic movement.
1924: James Baldwin, writer whose works include Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son.
1932: Peter O'Toole, Irish actor.
1942: Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits.
1949: James Fallows, writer and editor of U.S. News and World Report.
August 2nd
in history
1776: The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Consul for Life by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people.
1819: The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City.
1832: Troops under General Henry Atkinson massacre Sauk Indian men, women and children who are followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrenders three weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.
1847: William A. Leidesdorff launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.