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My Way

My Way

I love Oxford, but we need to change this, this and that

"That's the problem in this country. People are never satisfied with stuff the way it is. You gotta make it bigger and better and stronger and faster." Comedian Denis Leary You ever notice how the people who supposedly love Oxford the most are constantly proposing ways to fundamentally change the community....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Jim's Jottings goes jot, jot jotting along

Seems like there's way too much of everything on the tube. Of course, my having a way too long viewing time has something to do with my thinking. Take football ferinstance. There aren't enough number ones allowed to teams with so many ultra-ego players and so many coaches who promise number ones in recruiting....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow . . .

(somewhere else)

This week's Happy Thought: Winter officially starts next week. I make that my Happy Thought, so I can pretend this week didn't happen . . . . . . Okay, that didn't work. Rat-Smackin-Frackin-Blizin! It is gonna be a long winter....more >>


'Question with boldness'

Dear Editor, "Always check your statement for accuracy before you pay any bill." That is good advice, especially in these tough economic times. Take your 2010 winter tax statement for example, wow that's really a lot....more >>


Never dream of a fake Christmas tree

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Talk on the Streets,' The Citizen, Dec. 4, page 6): 'He looked up at the tree. It was a giant tree, a galleon with its sails in full rig, an art museum with its entire collection on display, a mosque with a thousand worshippers praising God....more >>


Indecent exposure article disturbing

(In response to, 'Grand Blanc youth pastor busted for indecent exposure in Brandon,' The Citizen, Nov. 27, page 2): Dear Editor, I was quite disturbed after reading the story in The Citizen regarding the Grand Blanc youth pastor....more >>


Union people, liberal backers?

Dear Editor, I was having a discussion with my students one day recently and the topic of unions came up. We began discussing the positives and the negatives of union membership and one student voiced their opinion....more >>


Hunting: It's all about the process

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Reward offered for info on twp. cat shooter,' The Citizen, Nov. 20, page 1): The recent report of a cat found shot by an arrow in Brandon Township, characterized as an "unspeakable act of cruelty" by The Detroit News, and the photo of an 11-year-old bow hunter posing with his first buck, published by The Citizen, illustrates the strange dichotomy of opinion that exists in our community when it comes to animals and their treatment....more >>

Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Winter hits

As I counted down the exits on Sunday night I found myself thinking "why am I out here?" My answer came in two parts - I am out on the road because of necessity and I have driven in worse....more >>

Letter to the editor

Taxpayer wants better gov't

Dear Editor, I encourage all Independence Township residents to watch the Dec. 7 Independence Township Board meeting on or cable local access to view NON-transparent government at its finest....more >>

Letter to the editor

Local pols work hard, says former clerk

Dear Editor, I feel I must answer the column, "Civic duty," Nov. 10 edition of The Clarkston News. Yes, time in office for an elected official is "public service." It is public service with long hours and evening meetings; public expectation to attend all events to which you are invited whether during the day or evening; constant public approachability with opinions, complaints, and sometimes compliments; daily watchfulness of the press; attending classes away from home a week at a time; and all without a bonus or promotion no matter how well the job is done....more >>

Letter to the editor

Elected officials didn't make a good statement

Dear Editor, I had the privilege of being invited to a retirement party for Mike Turk, who worked for Independence Township for 30 years, retiring as director of Parks and Recreation....more >>

Hometown stories: Heidi McElfish

Memories of the smalltown theater

I always loved going to the movies. It was definitely the highlight of our weekends and summers growing up. I remember the first movie I ever saw that scared me so much I squeezed my boyfriend's hand so hard he nearly cried....more >>

Spiritual matters

Living the Christ message

Christmas has a special meaning unique to each one of us. For some it is a focus on family: finding the right present, planning the perfect meal, traveling great distances to be with those we love....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Van Tassel owes dispatchers apology

Dear editor, I would like to address some negative comments made on Dec. 6 by Orion Township Board Member JoAnn Van Tassel concerning the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. I have the unique viewpoint of both an Orion Township resident, taxpayer and a proud member of the Sheriff's 911 Center....more >>


Letter to the Editor: Van Tassel owes dispatchers apology

Dear editor, I would like to address some negative comments made on Dec. 6 by Orion Township Board Member JoAnn Van Tassel concerning the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. I have the unique viewpoint of both an Orion Township resident, taxpayer and a proud member of the Sheriff's 911 Center....more >>

It'snow fun getting stuck

MC--The Hammer

If you happened to be driving through downtown Oxford on M-24 Monday around noon, you may have seen an awkward pregnant lady in a huge brown coat down on hands and knees fumbling around a little green car stuck in the snow....more >>

One more for the team

Olivia Shumaker Special to the Review Singer Kenny Chesney's The Boys of Fall begins "When I feel that chill, smell that fresh cut grass/ I'm back in my helmet, cleats, and shoulder pads....more >>
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Born October 5th
1882: Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902: Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald's hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911: Flann O'Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936: Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1959: Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrenders to Colonel Nelson Miles in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
1880: The first ball-point pen is patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.
1882: Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.
1915: Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania. The fateful voyage of the Lusitania.
1931: Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.