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Joe from the Block

I guess we avoided Armageddon last week. At least that is what the folks in Washington would like to take credit for after they seemingly resolved the nation's debt ceiling crisis....more >>

Letter to the editor

Running from responsibility?

Dear Editor, Who are the REAL people responsible for the Streetscape debacle: construction laborers, architects, engineers, MDOT or Village management? With competent supervision how can bricks and curbs be laid and then torn up? Has your damage claim been routed through a bureaucratic maze and down a blind alley, only to be ignored and denied, denied, denied? Have you been told that "THEY" are not negligent unless a runaway bulldozer crashed into your building? Then our experience is similar....more >>

Opinions

Teachers still do right for students

Dear Editor, I am a resident of Ortonville, parent of two Brandon students and I teach for Brandon. As we approach a new school year, there are a couple of outstanding teachers that I want to thank....more >>

Opinions

Building a better village

Dear Editor, In order for the Village of Goodrich to move forward we must stop living in the past. Some of your readers continue to chronicle the events of the past which obstruct the healing of the village....more >>

Letter to the editor

New M-24 signage has reader wondering

Dear Editor, Anyone who drives regularly on M-24 anywhere between the Lapeer county line and Auburn Hills has most certainly noticed workmen replacing all of the road signs during the past several weeks....more >>

Letter to the editor

Landfill issue revs up reader's wait for election

Dear Editor, As you probably know, Waste Management (WM) sent out certified letters to all of the citizens who live around the landfill. The letter included a proposal to compensate homeowners in the event they were unable to sell their home due to the Eagle Valley expansion....more >>

My Way

My Way

It's a guy thing

Psst . . . fellas . . . come here. Don't tell the womenfolk, but there's a men's event being planned in Oxford. A men's event, you say! Shhhh.... The event is called "It's a Guy Thing" and it's going to take place at Devil's Ridge Golf Club on Saturday, Oct....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Neanderthal Don, 'you're a jerk,' parts 1 and 2

While Don was off we ran this column from the August 2008 archives. We think he will approve. Some folks just have a way with words. As proof of my contention, I give you the People's Evidence, Exhibit 1-A....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Neanderthal Don, 'you're a jerk,' parts 1 and 2

While Don was off we ran this column from the August 2008 archives. We think he will approve. Some folks just have a way with words. As proof of my contention, I give you the People's Evidence, Exhibit 1-A....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Comments on comments by commentators

Comments on comments by commentators . . . . . .Well, not just audio commentators, some are print types. First, Susan Tompor's advice for those with debt anxiety. She's a Detroit Free Press business writer....more >>

News

Township rolls out marijuana moratorium

Brandon Twp.- Nearly three years ago, Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. However, confusion over the law continues, and communities, including this township, are delaying making decisions regarding ordinances as they wait for direction....more >>

Opinions

What's next for Goodrich?

Dear Editor, Integrity is a virtue we all admire. Walk as you talk. Follow through on commitments. Do what's right. Easy to say, but not always easily done. After next week, we'll have another council seated; our third in nine months....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Obsession

The tractor situation in Independence Township reminds me of "Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan." In the movie, Khan stole a machine called the Genesis Device and in the process stranded Admiral Kirk and crew in the middle of an asteroid....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader supports burn permits

Dear editor, I felt it important to express my support for the existing burn regulations. I live on a half acre that contains over 50 trees. My neighbors also have many trees. The thought of bagging all those leaves, sticks etc....more >>

Letter to the editor

Burn ban call for health, safety

Dear editor, Over the years my neighborhood has witnessed several major incidents regarding burning leaves and other brush in Independence Township. We feel this is necessary to share this information to assist the township board in their decision making....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks to Tons of Trucks sponsors

Dear editor, Independence Township Parks and Recreation would like to thank the following organizations for donating to our 2011 Tons of Trucks Event. Without their support, this event would not be possible....more >>

Spiritual matters

Turn to God in times of uncertainty

We are living in a very interesting time. For the United States, this is probably one of the more serious times in our history. Although we are not in a "great depression," as we were in the 1930's, we are certainly in the same pressure cooker of distress....more >>
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Born April 17th
1885: Isak Dinesen (Karen Dinesen), Danish writer (Out of Africa).
1894: Nikita S. Khrushchev, Soviet premier (1958-64).
1897: Thornton Wilder, novelist and playwright (Our Town).
1923: Harry Reasoner, American broadcast journalist.
1928: Cynthia Ozick, writer (The Cannibal Galaxy, The Messiah of Stockholm).
April 17th
in history
1947: Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
1961: Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
1964: Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970: Apollo 13--originaly scheduled to land on the moon--lands back safely on Earth after an accident.