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Letter to the editor

LOHS teacher weighs in

Dear editor, First, my disclaimer: Yes, I am a teacher in Lake Orion who deals with technology every day. Yes, I have a bias towards wanting modern technology to use in my classroom and my building....more >>

Letter to the editor

Need a waiver from Obamacare? Get in line

By U.S. REP. MIKE ROGERS Here is one of the secrets that Washington hopes that you don't notice about the new $2.6 trillion health care law. If you don't like the law's slew of new mandates and taxes on families, doctors and employers, you can get an exemption....more >>

Letter to the editor

'Plan to address needs, not wants'

Dear editor, Exceptionalism. To me it's a word that not only defines our community, but also our schools. When deciding where my wife and I wanted to raise our children, we chose Lake Orion 13 years ago, and it's been one of the best decisions of our life....more >>

Letter to the editor

'This is a now or never proposition'

Dear editor, I just wanted to share that I attended an informational in-home meeting this week and while I thought I knew a lot about the bond proposal I learned so much. I encourage you all to dig into the information and become informed, not only for yourselves but so you can accurately spread the word regardless of what side you stand on....more >>

Letter to the editor

'Why I will be voting no'

Dear editor, 1. Why should we suffer 18 years of additional taxation to pay for new schoolbuses? 2. Why should we suffer 18 years of additional taxation to pay for new computers? I have never heard of either school buses or computers lasting 18 years....more >>


Ten year backlog of road improvements

Dear Editor, Many residents are wondering why our township roads are not being maintained to the same level of past standards. To answer this question, it is important to understand who is responsible for township roads and how their operations are funded....more >>


Vote important to students

Dear Editor, As a parent of students in Goodrich Area Schools I feel the upcoming bond proposal brings many necessary upgrades to our school facilities. The proposed multi-purpose athletic field, complete with new bleachers and bathrooms, will be a venue that helps to unite Goodrich....more >>

My Way

My Way

Why vote? They're going to get what they want anyway

I'm beginning to think this 235-year-old experiment in self-government is a failure. I'm starting to wonder if it's really worth voting for or against anything or anyone because ultimately, those who hold power are going to get what they want one way or another....more >>

Letter to the editor

Citizen upset over spending

Dear editor, Where are the fiscal conservatives and promised reformers in Orion? Election records show all the elected Orion officials are republicans or conservatives so they can't blame any other political party, and must take ownership right? Right after the November general election (surprise) it was announced that Lake Orion would have a special February $25....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Jot, Jot Jotting along

President Obama and his czars decided Freddie Mac and Fanny Mac were failing and needed bailing out. I don't know how much that cost we taxpayers, but defending that decision cost $410,000,000....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Rush into action.

One man prepares for snow

"Please sir, keep your negative views to yourself and move to a climate more suitable to your liking." -- David Belch * * * After I was shellacked for reporting on the trials and tribulations of shoveling snow this past December (I logged every step during my snow shoveling exploits for one day and found that I had shoveled nearly 1....more >>


Hypocrisy in Goodrich or privileged few?

Dear Editor, The latest movement in Goodrich seems to be one-sided. The newly elected council members claimed when they were running that they wanted things to be more open and transparent and that they wanted to be for all the people....more >>


Thank you for Special Olympics donations

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Scarves for a cause:Local creates garb for Special Olympics,' The Citizen, Jan. 8, page 14): Thank you for all the wonderful knit and or crochet scarves donated to this year's Special Olympians....more >>


Goodrich, why did you move here?

Dear Editor: Good Ol Boys? I have heard this term many times in the local papers, from a couple of citizens of the Goodrich community, in reference to our (former) village council members....more >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Choices, choices

I am glad to see the selection committee for the next Independence Township Clerk has narrowed the 45 person resume pool down to the top three. I believe all three candidates have the abilities and skill sets of a good clerk....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader sees lots to learn from

Dear Editor, Thumbs up to Independence Township trustees Neil Wallace and David Lohmeier for publicly questioning how purchases are funded and taxpayer money is spent, even when not on their watch....more >>

Letter to the editor

Retired judge knows power of words

Dear Editor, Immediately after the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., there was a great deal of discussion as to whether inflammatory language and references to gunplay caused the shootings....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for making retro party a success

Dear Editor, We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in, attended and enjoyed our Clarkston Retro Progressive Cocktail Party, Jan. 22, and especially the Clarkston News for helping to make this a successful event....more >>

Spiritual matters

Faith doesn't mean no more questions

My journey of faith has had its ups and downs over the years. Following Jesus I have been on mountaintops when God seemed so close that I could almost reach out and touch him and everything seemed clear....more >>
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1764: Charles de Talleyrand, Napoleon's foreign minister.
1849: Lord Randolph Churchill, English politician, Winston Churchill's father and member of Parliament.
1873: Feodor Chaliapin, opera singer.
1892: Grant Wood, painter (American Gothic).
1902: Georges Simenon, novelist.
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in history
1953: The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
1968: The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.
1970: General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel.
1972: Enemy attacks in Vietnam decline for the third day as the United States continues its intensive bombing strategy.
1984: Konstantin Chernenko is selected to succeed Yuri Andropov as Party General Secretary in the Soviet Union.