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Jim's Jottings

Time for a session of 'What's bothering me'

Throughout most of my adult life, and that's over 50 years, I've had good thoughts about Michigan's utility companies. They've been good at what they do - supply communications, fuel and electricity....more >>

Don't Rush Me

It's all the rage: Cumalitive voting

Mayor Daley was 50 years ahead of the curve!

I didn't believe it when I watched a local FOX News video. It had to be a joke. And, I guess it still could be -- but the more I looked into it, the more information I found to back up that "one-man, one-vote" could be a thing of the past....more >>


And the survey says...

Dear Editor, I am former USMC Sergeant Michael A. Hamlett and citizen of Brandon for 13 years. I can no longer sit here silently. Having honestly filled out the survey of potential options, I eyed the "Police, fire millages unchanged in 2011; budget cuts eyed" and "Township community park projects move forward" articles with disbelief....more >>


Blindly reelect the same kind of board?

Dear Editor, We have a timely opportunity to prepare for the 2012 election. As Brandon Township voters, we have ample time to go to the polls informed, alert and clear eyed in the knowledge that we are casting our vote for the best candidate....more >>


Goodrich School Board, 6 p.m. Ortonville Village Council, 7 p.m.

Dear Editor, Who planted the flowers on the corners of the downtown area? Molly Malone and her Ortonville Downtown Development Authority crew. They look fantastic. Thank you Molly and the DDA....more >>

Wendi's Word

Back in play

The football season has officially kicked off. The Clarkston High School gridiron heroes attacked the practice field on Aug. 9 and haven't slowed down since taking in drill after drill, play after play....more >>

Letter to the editor

Rogers needs viable challenger

Dear Editor, The Aug. 3 primary election has come and gone, and this November only one candidate for representative of Michigan's Eighth U.S. Congressional District will appear on the ballot....more >>

Spiritual matters

There is still hope for our country in Jesus

Well, I purposely held off writing this column so that we could see the results of the elections held earlier this month. For some there were a lot of surprises, for others they saw just what they expected to see....more >>
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Out Loud: A column by Laura Colvin

A blessing counted

The pictures rolled across the screen one after another. Over and over, the memorial movie my sister made for Grandma's funeral transported us back to a different time, triggered a memory, tugged on an already-taut heartstring or, once again, pushed open the floodgates....more >>

Letter to the editor: Car show's coming

The Orion Senior Center and Golling Buick GMC is again proud to partner together in our 4th Annual Classic Car Show/ Community Event, held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 18 with a rain makeup date of Saturday, Sept....more >>
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Born October 9th
1873: Charles Rudolph Walgreen, the father of the modern drugstore.
1879: Max von Laue, German physicist.
1899: Bruce Catton, U.S. historian and journalist, famous for his works on the Civil War.
1909: Jacques Tati, French actor and director.
1940: John Lennon, English musician, one of the Beatles.
October 9th
in history
1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests congressional approval for arming U.S. merchant ships. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy, PQ-17, followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1946: Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.
1949: Harvard Law School begins admitting women. Women in the Workplace: Education.
1950: U.N. forces, led by the First Cavalry Division, cross the 38th parallel in South Korea and begin attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. A year after leaving West Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1983: The president of South Korea, Doo Hwan Chun, with his cabinet and other top officials are scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when a bomb explodes. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17 Koreans--including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet members--and two Burmese are killed. North Korea is blamed.