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Editor's column - Uncle Tom

Many years ago at a family party, my soon-to-be wife introduced me to her Uncle Tom. She told me I had something in common with him since he enjoyed football. That was an understatement....more >>

Guest column - Michigan, Indiana and the Recession

Two of the nation's leading manufacturing states, Indiana and Michigan, have and still continue to feel the pain of this recession. Yet Michigan, which is less dependent on manufacturing, has had a much deeper and longer downturn than Indiana....more >>


Goodrich School Board recognized

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Goodrich Area School District, our staff and students, please let me take the time to recognize the members of the Goodrich School Board as part of January School Board Appreciation Month....more >>


Self serving agenda

Dear Editor: I'm confused with the current state of affairs in Brandon Township. It is commonly stated that we are being negatively impacted by events which have been unfolding over the last 12 years....more >>


Many questions after gravel road meeting

Dear Editor, (In response to: 'How fast is too fast on gravel roads? Public responds', The Citizen, Jan. 10, page 3) Susan Bromley (Citizen reporter) did an excellent job of reporting on the Jan....more >>


Special elections costly to community

Dear Editor, A special election will be held this February in the 51st District-Genesee County, to replace Rep. Paul Scott (R), who was voted out of office in November 2011. The cost of that special election to my local government, Atlas Township, was about $5,000....more >>

My Way

My Way

Cable board doesn't need no stinkin' headhunter

I've never been a fan of local governments constantly employing the services of high-priced consultants. Yes, there are times when it's necessary to get an attorney's opinion or have an engineer provide some sort of technical expertise....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Anarchy on the streets in North Oakland?

Free Thinkers group started locally

Whether folks know it or not, whether they see it or turn away, whether they want to believe it or not, there's an undercurrent of unrest in North Oakland County. Long known for its lily white, hard-working, apple pie eating, American car driving, church going, I love Mom, the U....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Our Leader headline: World ending this season

2012 wasn't the first "end of the world"

Our Leader headline: World ending this season That was the prediction of Professor Pay Astrologer and seer from France as reported in The Oxford Leader in 1928. "A tremendous noise will be heard, huge numbers will die all over the globe, North and South America will suffer most, the Pope will be assassinated, few people will survive and the survivors will create a new social system as man will become wiser and more tender....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser


The story started out as a supervisor in Independence Township (Dave Wagner) "exceeding his authority by giving away township property" AKA a broken down tractor to its original owner who donated it to the township some 25-30 years earlier....more >>

Letter to the editor

Councilman ready to sign petition

Dear Editor, A few comments on your Jan. 11 article on Cory Johnston's initiative to dissolve the City of Clarkston ("New Year, New Effort to Dissolve Clarkston"). It is a legitimate question to ask what the city's taxpayers are getting for the extra tax burden....more >>

Letter to the editor

Thoughts on school bond issue

Dear Editor, Thumbs up to Joan Patterson, Susan Boatman and Rosalie Lieblang for looking out for taxpayers by voting no on the May 8 special election. Thumbs down to Barry Bomier, Elizabeth Egan, Steve Hyer, and Cheryl McGinnis, the four Clarkston school district board members who didn't blink an eye when they voted to waste $35,000 on the May 8 special election that disenfranchises senior citizens and voters without kids in K-12....more >>

Guest Viewpoint: A column by James Kruzan

Can you afford to have one spouse at home?

For many families, this is an important question. Unfortunately, most dual income couples feel that both of them have to work in order to meet their expenses and maintain their lifestyle....more >>

Guest viewpoint: Darwin Moore

Planning for retirement: using traditional and Roth IRAs

This advertisement provided courtesy of Prudential. There are many vehicles used for retirement planning. One of the most common is the traditional IRA (individual retirement account)....more >>

Spiritual matters

Jesus came to bring great change to the world

When Jesus Christ came to the earth, He came to bring great change. The prophets of the Old Testament foretold of His coming and the dramatic changes it would bring. When He came to His people, the majority of the establishment rejected Him and His message....more >>
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1846: William Maybach, German engineer, designed the first Mercedes automobile.
1871: Howard T. Ricketts, pathologist.
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1951: Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship.
1953: The French destroy six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.
1964: The U.S. embassy in Moscow is stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
1978: Canada expels 11 Soviets in spying case.
1994: Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.