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I am of the opinion that we, as Americans, tend to be a bit ethnocentric. While I don't believe we are any more or less than other countries on the planet, one is constantly bombarded about how "we live in the best country on the planet" despite many having never traveled further than Canada....more >>

My Way

Conservative to the world, but liberal locally

"(Government) has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste; with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot....more >>

Reject the R-word, unless you're talking respect

Jill Pertler Slices of Life Columnist The good news included in this column might be old news to some of you. I certainly hope so. My "news" (that shouldn't be newsworthy anymore) has been decades in the making and I thought we'd already crossed the finish line....more >>

Cost of clean schools inaccuracies

Dear Editor, In regards to your letter of Feb. 8th, "Cost of Clean Schools," I would have to say it was not accurate. The lake Orion Community custodians do so much more than clean the schools....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Note to political party toadies . . .

I am on to your robo-callin' ways!

Okay. So it's been what, three, four week's worth of Tuesdays since folks cast their votes in the Presidential Primary election? (Trust me, it has.) I don't know about you, but I am glad it's over....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Great ending to a lifetime of golfing

I swear I came out of my mother's womb swinging a golf club, and I've been working on that swing every since. (It's a writers privilege to exaggerate to make a point.) The point being that I was born into golf....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Spring is here!

That groundhog didn't know what he was talking about. Spring is here, along with warmer temperatures, sun, and plenty of good, lifegiving rain to make things green (hopefully it's not snowing as this goes to print)....more >>

Letter to the editor

A call to stop using 'the kids' in campaign

Dear Editor, In the upcoming Clarkston Schools Tax Increase Special Election, voters in the Clarkston School District should send a clear message to the Administration and their four supporters on the School Board....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader supports board with one exception

Dear Editor, Once again, I find myself wondering where the musings of Trustee Mark Petterson truly come from. His anger over every issue he disagrees with is just childish. Treasurer Curt Carson often disagrees with the rest of the board....more >>

Spiritual matters

Renewal happens with spiritual leading

Spring: the warm sunny days, the snow is melted, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths are popping out of the ground; the earth is coming back to life after its long winters nap. The Equinox is near where the days will once again be longer than the nights; animals come out of hibernation, migratory birds return to the north, and the golf courses reopen....more >>
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Born October 21st
1772: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan).
1833: Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes.
1917: Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter.
1929: Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer (The Left Hand of Darkness).
October 21st
in history
1096: Seljuk Turks at Chivitot slaughter thousands of German crusaders. Taking Jerusalem.
1529: The Pope names Henry VIII of England Defender of the Faith after defending the seven sacraments against Luther.
1600: Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats his enemies in battle and affirms his position as Japan's most powerful warlord.
1790: The Tricolor is chosen as the official flag of France.
1805: Vice Admiral and Viscount Horatio Nelson wins his greatest victory over a Franco-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Nelson is fatally wounded in the battle, but lives long enough to see victory. Nelson and the Nile.