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Editor's column - Service counts

There sure has been a lot of hoopla in recent weeks about the resurgence of the Detroit 3 automakers. Sales and profits are returning and there is plenty of buzz surrounding this year's auto show....more >>

Technology, laws and good parenting

Cell phones. Smart phones. Computers. We all have them and we love them. They let us keep in touch with one another and world events. We can check the latest score of a game, a movie time, or a traffic route....more >>

Opinions

Brandon Township accomplishments

Dear Editor, A more optimistic future for Brandon Township is the result of the diligent work put forth by the Township Board, employees and volunteers. The beginning of a new year presents an opportunity to reflect on past efforts and accomplishments....more >>

Opinions

So what is this township library?

Dear Editor, (In response to "Who needs a community library? We all do!, The Citizen, Jan. 14, page15.) What is a library? According to my 1977 edition of Webster's Dictionary, a library is a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials are kept for use but not for sale....more >>

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Library tax increase difficult to justify

Dear Editor, (In response to, Library needs township board support for millage vote, The Citizen, Jan. 14, page 1). The people of Brandon Township do realize and appreciate the importance of the library, that's why we voted for and built the great one we now have....more >>

Opinions

We need the 25 mph speed limit

Dear Editor, (In response to, 'Area gravel road speed limits debated,' The Citizen, Jan. 7, page 1) The Michigan State policeman, 1st. Lt. Thad Peterson, says that, "The speed limit does not dictate the travel speed-it's contrary to many people....more >>

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School pool closure not good for community

Dear Editor, (In response to, Brandon Schools braces for $2 million plus deficit, The Citizen, Dec. 31, 2011 page 4.) In the recent article about Brandon High School dealing with a financial deficit, they made the suggestion of closing the high school pool....more >>
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Jim's Jottings

A gift of friendship is such a precious thing

Remembering my friend, Jim "If It Fitz" Fitzgerald

It is probably a good thing we don't use logic in picking our friends. Were that the case, Jim Fitzgerald and I never would have become good friends. He was Catholic, I Methodist....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Feel the 'power' that is awesomely Don

or, how I improved my grades, got of tickets, affect the weather and wonder why a black crow followed me

Long before it was chic to puff up kids' ego by making sure most get on the honor roll, or making sure all athletic participants get trophies, I was pretty sure I was "special." Well, different....more >>

Opinions

Who needs a community library? We all do!

(In response to: 'Necessity of a library?' The Citizen, Dec. 10, page 6) Dear Editor, Over the holiday period, I spent much of my time advocating for libraries. I was stunned to read a letter-to-the-editor in The Citizen that essentially claimed that there is no longer any need for public libraries, since everything anyone needs is available on the Internet or through eBooks....more >>

Opinions

"The speed limit is 55!!"

Dear Editor, (In response to 'Area gravel road speed limits debated,' The Citizen, Jan. 7, page 1) I was opposed to the then-Gov. Granholm pressuring Oakland County to remove its speed limit signs in 2006....more >>

Opinions

Ortonville Community Emergency Fund

Dear Editor, The kindness and generosity of the Ortonville community made Christmas brighter this year for many local people! Our community's volunteer efforts and financial contributions to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund (O....more >>

Opinions

Thanks to all

Dear Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Ortonville for allowing me to be part of this great community. The warmth and generosity this community exhibits has truly touched my life....more >>

Opinions

Thanks for 23 years

Dear Editor, Thank you to the wonderful friends and family that made my retirement party so delicious, beautiful, and special. I appreciate all the cards, gifts, and well wishes for my future....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Bond info needed

If you haven't heard by now, Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education voted for a special election on May 8 for a $20 million bond. The special election comes with a price tag for $35,000 money the district could save by having the election in November....more >>

Letter to the editor

Treasurer's view on Triumph lawsuit win

I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Woloson's letter to the editor in the Jan. 11 edition ("Reader appreciates township victory"). He says, "Treasurer Curt Carson opposed renegotiating the Triumph Telecom contract....more >>

Letter to the editor

Embarrassed with gov't

Dear Editor, I read with interest the recap of 2011 for Independence Township ("Township leadership crisis in 2011," Jan. 4) and Trevor Keiser's piece concerning the recent township government dispute which took sheriff's deputies off their normal jobs ("Deputies called on deputy supervisor," Jan....more >>

Letter to the editor

Comments hit the head

Dear Editor, Even a disinterested observer following the machinations of the Clarkston City Council regarding the property at 90 N. Main knows that letter writer Cory Johnston hit the nail on the head with his comments in the Jan....more >>

Letter to the editor

Deduct fees from benefits

Shelly Says

Back to normal

As we embark on the out with the old and in with the new of 2012. Many of us struggle to get it all done, taking down the Christmas decorations and planning our New Year's Resolutions, oh yea and back to work and get the kids back on their routine for School! Speaking of that dreaded New Year Resolution- What have you decided to change up for yourself this year? Loose a few LB's? Save some money? Pay off a debit? Get your kids to bed on time? Meet with friends more? Be nicer to your spouse? Get it all done? Be more organized? Be more positive? Whew! That makes me OVERWHELMED- Xanax please!! How many of you plan a little in each area I mentioned, to do a little better than you did last year, then after about a month or two you totally forget your plan? I did when just last week, I took down a 2011 calendar and noticed my goals for the year! OMG was I way off! It was a real "ah-ha" to know that I could have done most of my resolutions or goals IF I WOULDN'T HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEM!....more >>
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Born October 25th
1889: Abel Gance, film director (Napoleon).
1902: Henry Steele Commager, American historian who wrote the fifty-five volume Rise of the American Nation.
1914: John Berryman, poet.
1941: Anne Tyler, novelist (The Accidental Tourist, Ladder of Years).
1971: Midori Goto, violinist.
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in history
1951: In a general election, England's Labour Party loses to Conservatives. Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary.
1954: President Eisenhower conducts the first televised Cabinet meeting.
1958: The last U.S. troops leave Beirut.
1960: Martin Luther King, Jr., is sentenced to four months in prison for a sit-in.
1983: 1,800 U.S. troops and 300 Caribbean troops land on Grenada. U.S. forces soon turn up evidence of a strong Cuban and Soviet presence--large stores of arms and documents suggesting close links to Cuba.