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School board recognition month

Dear Editor: The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month—a time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. The theme, "School Boards Lead Strong," reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that ALL children succeed....more >>


Thank you Goodrich: Old Newsboys

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Old Newsboys, thank you to everyone who stopped and donated to this great cause again this year. We realize that everyone is in a hurry right before Christmas, but by taking the time to stop, Goodrich alone raised just over $3,500....more >>


Goodrich Schools bond proposal

Dear Editor, The Feb. 22 school bond proposal has brought to light a couple misconceptions. The first is that it will raise taxes. It will "not." It will also "not" lower taxes. The proposal is for an extension of the current bond which remains in effect until 2034; the proposal will extend this out until 2041....more >>

'View points

'I will vote YES for the bond'

Dear editor, As Dr. Phil would say, I don't have a dog in this hunt. My only child graduated in 2008, so why should I care about anyone else's kids, especially if it will make my taxes go up? The answer for me is that the children are our future....more >>

MC - The Hammer

The good, bad and weird

"Yay for babies." That's what my mom says if I complain about pregnancy symptoms and side effects. Yes, pregnancy is nothing short of a miracle, but know what else is a miracle? Women are actually willing to go through it more than once....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Sometimes stuff happens . . . for a reason

Don't be a 'Donnie Downer'

So, there I was driving to Oxford early Sunday afternoon. I figured I could get a few moments in at the office whilst no one else was about. I don't know about you, but I find working during work hours hard to do....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Letting my mind wander a little longer

Wonder if any sports writer ever asks a referee or umpire who they favor? Sometimes it sure feels like favorites are getting calls. Speaking of referees, the next time you see one giving the sign for loss of down, pay particular attention to the refs mouth....more >>

Words from the Sup't Dr. Rod Rock

New year brings new school opportunities

Happy New Year! School Board Recognition January is School Board Recognition month. I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the seven members of the Clarkston Community Schools' Board of Education....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Freedom targeted

It would be a shame if freedom becomes another casualty in Jared Loughner's massacre at Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's Congress on Your Corner event in Arizona. Left-wingers want to tie right-wing politicians and talkers to the tragedy, blaming their programs and speeches for creating a climate of hate....more >>

Letter to the editor

School violence concerns parent

Dear Editor, Recent violent acts at Clarkston High School have me, as a parent of two students there, very concerned. Within the past week we had a student arrested for making mass death threats over the Internet and another student hospitalized after being beaten on school property (ed....more >>

Letter to the editor

Township needs generous lender

Dear Editor, How can Independence Township get a loan on an upside down Township Hall ("State steps in on hall plan," page 1A, Jan. 12)? Did it cost $6,500 to have Plante Moran figure out that the way to eliminate the Water and Sewer deficit is to get a new loan from a different source? What budget did it come from? Are there costs associated with the new loan, like loan fee origination points or mortgage insurance? Is the loan for 100 percent of the cost, or is there some level of equity required? Where will that equity come from? Won't there be a real appraisal, not just an estimate of costs plus 35-37 percent price inflation tacked on, which will show that the supervisor and clerk paid a non-market rate for the building? Since the township paid far more than market value for the building two years ago, and the market has not improved over the last two years, how is the township going to pay off Water and Sewer with the new loan proceeds? Has the township found a lender who will loan 200 percent or so of market value? It seems to me that the Township Board is worried about not being involved with this issue because the township supervisor is inept in dealing with financial issues or their consequences, like buying the Township Hall in the first place....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for supporting blood drive

Dear Editor, On Dec. 17, Independence Township Fire Department, in conjunction with the Clarkston Lions Club, hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross. We were able to collect 53 pints from those who were able to donate that day....more >>

Spiritual matters

Mary's prayer offers insights for life

There is perhaps no better way to begin the new year than to listen to the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We can listen to her words in the prayer called the "Magnificat." In this prayer we get a glimpse into the heart and mind of Mary as she prepared for the birth of her son Jesus....more >>
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Born February 8th
1906: Henry Roth, writer (Call it Sleep).
1911: Elizabeth Bishop, poet.
1926: Neal Cassaday, writer, counterculture proponent.
1931: James Dean, film actor and 1950s teenage icon (Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant).
1940: Ted Koppel, television journalist.
February 8th
in history
1943: British General Orde Wingate leads a guerrilla force of Chindits against the Japanese in Burma.
1952: Elizabeth becomes Queen of England after her father, King George VI, dies.
1962: The U.S. Defense Department reports the creation of the Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam.
1965: South Vietnamese bomb the North Vietnamese communications center at Vinh Linh.
1971: South Vietnamese ground forces, backed by American air power, begin Operation Lam Son 719, a 17,000 man incursion into Laos that ends three weeks later in a disaster.