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Joe From The Block

Open enrollment bad idea by state

I spent many years in Detroit as a kid, living in Rosedale Park and attending Edison Elementary through the fourth grade. The amenities at Edison were pedestrian compared to elementary schools today, but I still have plenty of fond memories....more >>

Opinions

Be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Dear Editor, (In response to Buyer beware and Fiscally Sound, The Citizen Aug. 20, page 6 and 21.) Mr. Haiser (CPA), members of the council or myself do not advocate or support any tax increase! People with an agenda hear what they want to hear and spin it to their advantage....more >>

Don't Rush Me

The Little Grandma who thought she was Irish

Mildred (Fletcher) Rush, May 7, 1914 to August 25, 2011

Like most families, sooner or later the older generation gives way, moves on . . . kicks the bucket. So it was with ours the other week. The Rush clan lost our grandmother, Mildred....more >>

Letter to the editor

Van Portfliet fan urges write-in votes

Dear Editor,  On September 13, we who live in the Village of Lake Orion will be voting for members of the Village Council. I would like you to pay particular attention to candidate Ken Van Portfliet....more >>

Letter to the editor

Van Tassel offers contract rebuttal

Dear Editor, Regarding the comments in the Viewpoints section of the August 24, 2011 edition of The Lake Orion Review concerning the contract for marketing, consulting and fundraising services for Wildwood and the Orion Center, I offer the following: The contract approved by a 6-1 affirmative vote was based on the proposal presented to the Township Board in writing and discussed at the August 4, 2011 Board meeting....more >>

Don't Rush Me

And still Don wants to know: are we too soft?

We are becoming a "soft" nation. An ocean of "wimps" and "hoity toitys" (whoever they are) will soon be upon us. No longer will we be a nation of beer and burgers -- everybody will want Chablis and crumpets (whatever they are)....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Dawn is getting darker, only a minute a day

I believe only Christmas gets more buildup than Labor Day. Back-to-school brings retailers to the fore, just like Santa Claus. However, Labor Day is more of an ending, as in summer's over, kids have new sitters, footballs are being flung and political rhetoric becomes as welcome as a breeze from a pig farm....more >>

Opinions

Which side of his mouth he should be speaking out?

Dear Editor, Article "Saroli not for raising taxes" dated August 25, 2011 is actually causing many residents to understand that Mr. Saroli DOES NOT know which side of his mouth he should be speaking out of....more >>

Opinions

Not a good time to raise taxes

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'I vote no millage raises,' The Citizen, Aug. 27, page 6) I must agree with Robert Therrien, this is certainly not a good time to raise taxes for any reason....more >>

Opinions

Brandon board on right road for speed limit reform

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'Speed limits on dirt roads revisited,' The Citizen, Aug. 27, page 4) Kudos to the Brandon School Board for passing the resolution in support of reducing speed limits on dirt and gravel roads....more >>

Opinions

Good Times success

Dear Editor, The Good Times in Goodrich Festival Committee would like to say "Thank You!" to everyone who made this year's event a success, from the participants to the attendees. Special thanks to the Village of Goodrich for all of their help....more >>

Opinions

'We extend our arms with a hug to all of you'

Dear Editor, Thanks to all for the great support we had after the loss of our son, Tyler Bonner. The amount of people that came to the hospital and funeral home, all the cards and flowers that we received and are still receiving, all the food and all the people that gave us a hug and said they were so sorry have been a great comfort to us....more >>

Opinions

Dear Editor, We would like to thank our friends and neighbors for their cards, prayers and kind words of condolence in the death of our nephew, Tyler Bonner. Your prayers, thoughts and presence has meant so much to our families during this difficult time....more >>

Opinions

Dear Editor, With all due respect to the H. Wartella and D. Emch opinions let me say a few balanced words concerning my report of facts to the tax payer. I was engaged by the Village of Goodrich, as a CPA May, 2011, I report financial facts and findings to the council and tax payers....more >>

Opinions

I vote no millage raises!

Dear Editor As a voter and taxpayer I am angry that the Brandon township board consistently keeps asking for more money. Seniors and the disabled living in Brandon township have not had a COLA raise in two years and will not be getting one this year....more >>

Wendi's Word

Too many reruns

My mouth dropped open as I read the newsfeed on Facebook - Hollywood was taking on another remake. But this time instead of Patrick Swayze saying the classic line "nobody puts Baby in the corner" it would be someone else taking on the role in a remake Dirty Dancing, a 1980s cult classic....more >>

Jim's Jottings: A column by Jim Sherman

Dawn is getting darker, only a minute a day

I believe only Christmas gets more buildup than Labor Day. Back-to-school brings retailers to the fore, just like Santa Claus. However, Labor Day is more of an ending, as in summer's over, kids have new sitters, footballs are being flung and political rhetoric becomes as welcome as a breeze from a pig farm....more >>

Don't Rush Me: A column by Don Rush

Are we becoming 'soft?'

We are becoming a "soft" nation. An ocean of "wimps" and "hoity toitys" (whoever they are) will soon be upon us. No longer will we be a nation of beer and burgers -- everybody will want Chablis and crumpets (whatever they are)....more >>

Words from the Sup't: Dr. Rod Rock

New school year to take learning 'from the top'

There's much excitement in the air. Can you feel it? The first serves and volleys, kicks, trots, races, and jumps of the fall athletic season recently commenced. The marching band perfected their steps....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thanks for Rush for Food help

Dear Editor, The Clarkston High School Football Rush for Food committee would like to thank all who helped make our 14th annual community service project a huge success. On Friday, Aug....more >>

Letter to the editor

Keep burn policy, reader says

Dear Editor, The privilege of burning by permit has allowed us to keep the yard beautiful with less labor and less cost during these challenging economic times. We have allowed lots of trees to grow in our yard and we border a wet land....more >>
Donald Turner
The Oxford Leader
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Born December 22nd
1858: Giacomo Puccini, Italian operatic composer best known for Madam Butterfly.
1883: Arthur Wergs Mitchell, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1912: Claudia Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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1944: During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: Nuts!
1945: The United States recognizes Tito's government in Yugoslavia.
1965: The EF-105F Wild Weasel makes its first kill over Vietnam.
1966: The United States announces the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.
1988: A Pan Am airliner is blown up in mid-air and crashes onto Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 295 on board and 11 people on the ground.