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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 August 22nd
1904: Deng Xiaoping, Chinese leader from 1977 to 1987, held nominal leadership position until his death in 1997.
1908: Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer.
1917: John Lee Hooker, blues singer and guitarist.
1920: Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer whose works include Farenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
1934: H. Norman Schwarzkopf, American general and commander of the coalition forces during the Persian Gulf War.
August 22nd
in history
1717: The Austrian army forces the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival in the Balkans.
1777: With the approach of General Benedict Arnold's army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandons Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.
1849: The Portuguese governor of Macao, China, is assassinated because of his anti-Chinese policies.
1911: The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, where it had hung for more than 100 years. It is recovered in 1913.
1922: Michael Collins, Irish politician, is killed in an ambush.