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Joe from the Block

Every once in a while, my teenage daughters suck me into shopping adventures that jeopardize my sanity. Such situation also make me question what kind of economic recession are we really experiencing these days or, more likely, just how wacked out American consumers really are....more >>

Put the 'trust' back into 'trustee'

Dear Editor, The Orion Township Board needs to shake off the trance-like state most of you have been in for the last few years and try to regain the trust of the residents before 2012....more >>

Following flag protocol

Last week, a citizen contacted The Review and asked why the flag at the Orion Veterans Memorial was not lowered to half staff, given the tragic loss of more than 30 U.S. servicemen in one incident in Afghanistan earlier in the month....more >>

Don't Rush Me

America: The Story of Us

. . . and other things

In the eyes of my sons I am sure they view me as The Meanest Dad in town. To bolster that image, over the past three weekends I had on TV the History Channel's, America: The Story of Us....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Every poll has a purpose, and nobody asked me

I took a poll, an unscientific poll, with predictable results because I made up the questions. Questions asked in polls, I believe, are made up to direct the answerer to respond in ways assuring the questioner's sponsors get the percentages they are paying for or expect....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 >>

Opinions

Fiscally sound?

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Village taxes lowest in county,' The Citizen, Aug. 13, page 1): The data and comments as presented are misleading. The comment by Councilman Saroli that "Haiser's report reflects villages about the same size as Goodrich" is inaccurate and incorrect....more >>

Opinions

A crisis of perception

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'Brandon Township police fund in trouble,' The Citizen, Aug. 13, page 4): After reading The Citizen and attending the Brandon Township Board of Trustees meeting, a few things are missing from the true picture....more >>

Opinions

Buyer beware

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'Village taxes lowest in county,' The Citizen, Aug. 13, page 1): This is exactly what we needed isn't it? The Village of Goodrich has gone through a recall on Patricia Wartella and elected a new councilmember....more >>

Opinions

Cut parks and rec, not police protection

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'More taxes or less police?' The Citizen, Aug. 6, page 1) "More taxes or less police?" As if those are the only two choices! "They're at it again," I scowled in disgust....more >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Chicken run

Do any of you remember the Dreamworks animated movie "Chicken Run" that came out 11 years ago? If you didn't see it. It's a story about a chicken farm set in Yorkshire New England during the 1950's and when the farmer decides to go from selling eggs to selling chicken pie, the chickens decide they have to find a way to escape the farm before facing their sinister death....more >>

Guest viewpoint

Doc O'Neill's turn to share story

By Dr. James O'Neill This is my favorite Jim O'Neill story and as one famous commentator said, the rest of the story. After a few weeks in med school at St. Louis University in 1954, a sister school, Fontbonne University, had a reception for us....more >>

CAYA's corner: By Karen Dickey

Synthetic cannabis dangerous to youth

As a caseworker for Clarkston Area Youth Assistance, Elissa Fogel has observed an increase in referrals for youths abusing synthetic cannabis. Though it has been around for awhile and has received national media attention for its harmful effects on users, it appears that there is room for improvement when it comes to local parental awareness....more >>

Spiritual matters

God takes care of our spiritual needs

We read from Matthew 13:15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves....more >>
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My Way

My Way

Where has this man gone?

It's amazing how you can see something for years, then one day, all of the sudden, it inspires you to create. That's what happened to me as I gazed at the painting shown right while making some routine phone calls....more >>
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Born October 21st
1772: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan).
1833: Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes.
1917: Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter.
1929: Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer (The Left Hand of Darkness).
October 21st
in history
1942: Eight American and British officers land from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.Sub-Task Force Goalpost in the crucible of Operation Torch.
1950: North Korean Premier Kim Il-Sung establishes a new capital at Sinuiju on the Yalu River opposite the Chinese City of Antung.Retreating and advancing in a single day.
1959: The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in Manhattan.
1961: Bob Dylan records his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.
1967: The March on the Pentagon, protesting American involvement in Vietnam , draws 50,000 protesters.The infamous Pentagon Papers give insights into the Johnson administration's thinking on the Vietnam War.