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Worth the wait?

Unless it's a roller coaster, I'm not a big fan of waiting. I guess I should have stayed in bed last Friday, for I seemed to wait a lot that day. The fun started at 7:30 a.m. at the Verizon Store on Lapeer Road....more >>

Will Jason be out trick-or-treating this month?

October is always an interesting time of the year. In preparation for the beginning of holiday activities, stores began erecting displays for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas weeks ago....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

I love pie!

What a great weekend . . . aside from the Detroit Lions losing their second game in a row this past weekend proved pretty danged good. There was plenty of sunshine, which afforded many of us locals the chance to catch-up on outdoor chores before Ma Nature changes gears....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Let me get cynical on sports & politics

Let's begin with Merriam Webster's definition of cynic: (I'd rather refer to Funk & Wagnall's encyclopedia, but they became mostly referred to by comedians like Johnny Carson, as, "Look it up in your Funk & Wagnalls....more >>

Opinions

Community Christmas Toy Store

Dear Editor, Christmas is less than two-and-a-half months away and the Community Christmas Toy Store is gearing up to provide the needy children in our community with a happy Christmas....more >>

Opinions

Sometimes I just don't get it

Sometimes I just don't get it Dear Editor, In response to the Oct. 15 edition of The Citizen, I found myself reading what I describe as the "articles of confusion." I found it confusing to read an article about Goodrich hiring back the village manager that was forced out the very same year of her rehire when a total of 17 had applied for the position....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

Were I a younger man and more!

Memories of the first man who touched my . . .

There are a couple ways I can approach this column. One, I could say, "Were I a younger man . . ." or, Two, I could type, "When I grow up . . ." Or I could fulfill all your dreams and desires and do it both ways and then do you one better and combine the two....more >>

Hart continues assault on trucks, trailers

Dear Editor, My residential living zone does not allow three dump trucks, two double axle enclosed trailers, a bobcat, tree shredder, seven wheel barrows, untold amounts of contaminating liquids, six commercial plowing blades, a garage full of repair tools, 12 different employees and all the vehicles (some without drivers licenses), along with dumping tree waste (ash borer disease) in the rear of the residential property....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Ah, truth, and just what is the truth?

Andy Rooney signed off on the "60 Minutes" program recently for the last time. I was a fan of the curmudgeon for a long time. Had I known the shortcomings he announced on his final appearance, I would have quit listening to him long ago....more >>
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Opinions

Sports: Do you 'get it'?

The day after the Detroit Tigers triumphed over the New York Yankees in a nail biter, I walked into the gas station and picked up copies of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, both of which had front page coverage of the Tigers....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Check the law

Smart warriors the world over turn their opponents' tactics against them. So it is with admiration that I watch Clarkston school officials and advocates use yellow-journalism methods against Dawn Schaller and the Clarkston News regarding Freedom of Information Act requests....more >>

Letter to the Editor

An explanation from the supervisor

Dear Editor, I'm sure the fine citizens of Independence Township have heard and read all of the misinformation regarding my health put forth by some members of the Township Board. I feel a solemn duty to set the record straight regarding my dedication to the job to which I was re-elected in 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the vote....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader calls for compassion in gov't

Dear Editor, Trustee Mark Petterson commented that he didn't think that $5 or $50 was going to break anyone ("No increase for safety path millage," Sept. 28) He is very detached from reality if he belies that....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to school-information stories

'Disappointed' by schools Dear Editor, I had high hopes that a new Clarkston superintendent would end the secrecy and arrogance that seemed to pervade the previous administration and certain board of education members....more >>

Spiritual matters

Are you living your dash?

In my last article I talked about the dash. You know –that dash between your birth date and death date. You see it in obituaries and on headstones in cemeteries. That dash represents your life....more >>

Guest viewpoint: Anissa Howard

The Clarkston Farmers' Market team, comprised of 18+ local residents and growers from the area, would like to extend our appreciation to the residents in and around Clarkston, for coming down and supporting our local growers and artists! We also extend our gratitude to Bob Roth and Ed Adler for their generosity in offering the Clarkston Farmers' Market the use of their vacant downtown parking lot on Saturday mornings – it's been a joyful endeavor – thank you both very much....more >>
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Born October 2nd
1879: Wallace Stevens, poet.
1890: Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx, comedian, one of the five Marx brothers (the others being Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo).
1900: William A. 'Bud' Abbot, comedian, the straight man to Lou Costello.
1901: Roy Campbell, poet (The Flaming Terrapin).
1904: Graham Greene, novelist (The Power and The Glory, The Heart of the Matter).
October 2nd
in history
1931: Aerial circus star Clyde Pangborn and playboy Hugh Herndon, Jr. set off to complete the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Misawa City, Japan.
1941: The German army launches Operation Typhoon, the drive towards Moscow.
1950: The comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schultz, makes its first appearance in newspapers.
1964: Scientists announce findings that smoking can cause cancer.
1967: Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, is sworn in. Marshall had previously been the solicitor general, the head of the legal staff of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and a leading American civil rights lawyer.