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Public School Teachers

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has made these statements and comparisons about public teachers in Michigan -- as an average. Next week, we hope to compare what the folks at the think-tank have stated to what is happening locally....more >>

News Briefs

Rocking and Raking yard cleanup

Dear Editor, The annual spring Teens & Seniors Rocking & Raking yard cleanup project will take place on Saturday, April 30. Any senior citizen or disabled adult can request yard cleanup, windows washed and/or minor chores by notifying the Edna Burton Senior Center of the work you are requesting....more >>

Opinions

Brandon's Relay for Life

Dear Editor, My name is Emma John and I am the chairperson for the entertainment committee for the 2011 Brandon Relay for Life 24-hour fundraising event beginning on June 11 at the Varsity Drive track....more >>

Letter to the editor

Will vote for Miller and McQuiston on May 3 election

Lake Orion Community Schools, like many schools in Michigan, will face tough decisions and many challenges in the years ahead. That is why I am supporting Melissa Miller and Birgit McQuiston for school board on May 3, 2011....more >>

Letter to the editor

Money is not the 'Fix-All' answer for education

I have voted 'yes' for all previous Lake Orion school bonds, including the new high school 14 years ago, but this past February 22, I voted 'no' for the following reasons: 1. I am all for keeping our kids competitive but I don't believe money is the problem, or that throwing more money at it will solve this problem, and a Jan....more >>

Letter to the editor

Support staff should not be lumped in with 'all' school staff

I am tired of all the letters stating Lake Orion School employees should take pay cuts and pay for part of their health care. Don't lump us all together and do some research. Some of us -- at the top of our pay scale -- don't make $21,000 a year....more >>

My Way

My Way

There is no justice!

A friend of mine, Oxford resident Bob Morrison, recently got me interested in the cancelled HBO series "Deadwood." He loaned me all three seasons on DVD and I spent hours upon hours watching them all in just a few weeks....more >>

Don't Rush Me

I say, let's get rid of all newspapers

No, really

I was watching the TV news magazine 60 Minutes this past Sunday. One of the topics was Mark Twain's classic American works of literature, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. While it has long been a source of controversy since it was published in the mid 1880s ("course" language including the use of the dreaded "N" word), what I learned kinda bummed me out....more >>

Jim's Jottings

The ideal age for boys is 17 and a half

ut first, did you miss me last week? Wow! I haven't been knocked so low by a cold in decades. However, during my recovery a tsunami disrupted the world and gave me a comparison to my own suffering....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Parade, please

With a name like Independence Township, this place had better be able to field an Independence Day Parade. What else are we going to do on the Fourth of July? If we can't, we ought to just change it....more >>

Letter to the editor

50's school different, teacher says

Dear Editor, I just had to respond to Mr. Klemmer's letter and photo from his class of 51 at St. David School in the 1950s. I would argue that today's conditions in schools cannot begin to compare to conditions in the 1950's....more >>

Letter to the editor

Sports teaches many youth lessons

Dear Editor, Timing is always important, especially if you are telling a joke or cooking a fish. I admit I am late with this comment but I feel it is so important I will be late, letter late than never....more >>

Letter to the editor

Appreciation for community support

Dear Editor, I would like to thank Ms. Chris Strong, co-owner of Waterfall Jewelers, and her Batteries for Charity program for her amazing generosity and donation to the Clarkston Area Youth Assistance....more >>

Spiritual matters

Does God hear our prayers ... and answer them?

Over the years I have prayed a lot of prayers for others, for myself and for situations in the world. Sometimes these prayers clearly seem to have been heard and answered. Sometimes the situation I was praying about was resolved or the person got better....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
1791: Robert Carter III, a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history.An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.
1798: Admiral Horatio Nelson routs the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay, Egypt.
1801: The American schooner Enterprise captures the Barbary cruiser Tripoli.Often venturing into harm's way, America's most famous sailing ship, the Constitution4/I>, twice came close to oblivion.
1834: Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
1864: Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces.After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.