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Don't Rush Me

First good idea of the year cutdown before it was born

Can't be a 'Hater'

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg * * * So there I was, leaning up at the counter, all suave and debonair reading the daily newspaper with my finely honed sense of delivery and wisecrackery for the front office chicks....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Let's get rid of 2010, and welcome twenty eleven

Let's get rid of 2010, and welcome twenty eleven Perhaps the most disturbing thing I read last year was the message retired Air Force Major Rick Briggs delivered at the Veterans Memorial in Lake Orion on Memorial Day....more >>

My Way

My Way

OMG! I can't believe he wanted me to erase history :(

I received a call a few weeks ago that really disturbed me for a myriad of reasons. The young man, who did not identify himself, wanted a story about him removed from our website because his criminal record had now been "expunged....more >>

Opinions

Henry Ford, the Nazi Party and evil—traitor to the US

Dear Editor, For some time, The Citizen published an opinion about the life of Henry Ford, in a series of columns by Jim Sherman, Sr, who reran a series from the 1930's By Iffy The Dopester....more >>

Opinions

Community support system reaches out to family in need

Dear Editor, My friends, my family: On Dec. 6, I lost my best friend and soulmate, John Jasso. The father of my three children and my husband of 14 years was taken from me with a rapid and unforeseen illness I still don't understand, just hours before his 35th birthday....more >>

Opinions

Goodrich politics can be such a dirty game

Dear Editor, The recent (Goodrich) election saw a shift in the balance of leadership. Goodrich residents have voted in a council whose platform was less spending and less taxes. The new council hopes to hire a professional outside firm to take a good look at village operations and expenditures....more >>

Opinions

Board needs to listen to all

Dear Editor, I attended a Brandon School Board meeting on Dec.13 and a community member in the crowd stood up when the "speaker of the house" announced-public comment time. To my surprise, he was shot down when she said that he never signed in....more >>

Opinions

Christmas luminaries light up village

Dear Editor, The Village of Ortonville thanks everyone who helped with assembling and distributing the Christmas Eve luminaries throughout the village: Boy Scout Pack 135: Gage Difalco, Nicholas Difalco, Marvin Aranowski, Matthew Edin, Mary Lou Knight, Tonya Cavanaugh, Shane Cavanaugh, Holly Cavanaugh, Rick Heines and Ryan Heines....more >>

Opinions

Rush needs to get out of town

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Don't Rush Me: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (somewhere else)', The Citizen, Dec. 18, page 7): For the life of me, I can't understand why you published this piece of dribble in your Dec 18th edition (Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, somewhere else)....more >>

Editorial

A win for government secrecy; loss for liberty

Those in government who seek to hide what they say and do from the public won a significant victory last week. Those who seek to expose wrongdoing, corruption and waste in government suffered a momentous defeat....more >>

Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

New Year's predictions

Here it is another year. Complete with renewed hope for the future, a new outlook on goals, and continous growth of ideas. With the beginning of something new, some predicitions....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for kindness to family in need

Dear Editor, On Dec. 6, 2010, I lost my best friend and soul mate, John Jasso. The father of my three children and my husband of 14 years was taken from me with a rapid and unforeseen illness I still don't understand, just hours before his 35th birthday....more >>

Letter to the Editor

A call to make voices heard in township

Dear Editor, Residents of Independence Township, I encourage you to take one hour of your valuable time to attend an Independence Township Board Meeting in 2011. I know meetings last longer than one hour but each meeting has time for public comments near the beginning....more >>

Home grown: Mary Pellerito

Gardening goals for 2011

Every year I write down my goals for the coming year. In 2011 I have two gardening goals: grow a prairie and grow and preserve more of my own food. Here is my starting point. Our property is approximately 2....more >>

Spiritual matters

God offers ultimate social network site

In my Christmas Eve sermon last month, I referenced a conversation with a friend on Facebook. While I am not a Facebook fanatic, I recognize the value of connecting with people with the immediacy social networks like Facebook provides....more >>
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Born August 1st
1779: Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
1818: Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S.
1819: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick
1942: Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead.
1951: Jim Carroll, musician and writer of The Basketball Diaries.
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in history
1943: Over 177 B-24 Liberator bombers attack the oil fields in Ploesti, Rumania, for a second time.
1944: The Polish underground begins an uprising against the occupying German army, as the Red Army approaches Warsaw.
1950: Lead elements of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division arrive in Korea from the United States.
1954: The Geneva Accords divide Vietnam into two countries at the 17th parallel.
1964: Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to play on the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.