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Gabe's Gripes: The art of forgiving

A little civility goes a long, long way. Being polite is a standby of society that seems to lose ground with every passing year, giving out to the torrent of spoiled, self-centered banter of the people on such reality shows as Jersey Shore or (90's throwback!) The Real World....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Frustrated by safety path

Dear Editor, How will the Orion Township Board ever accomplish anything if they play possum anytime there is any confrontation from the public? For three years this Board, OHM Engineering and the Safety path committee has been discussing the expansion of safety paths along Indianwood Road....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Vote for real democracy

Dear Editor, It has been said that money can buy elections. I hope that won't be the case in November. Please join me in vowing to carefully research the issues and candidates (using unbiased news sources and avoiding propaganda) and to make compassionate and informed decisions when voting....more >>

Stand for the American worker

Dear Editor, Many years ago, the wealthy paid taxes, and unions made sure they paid workers a decent, living wage. And they were still wealthy. But the unions started to lose power and wages started to go down....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Gas prices really bum me out . . . so who do I blame?

Evil corporate types or an over-stepping, tyrannical buzz-kill government?

Has anybody ever done a study of the infrastructure the American petroleum pipeline? I swear there is at least one a year that bursts, blows or leaks and it is always a fast acting leak, too....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Three stories to warm the cockles of your heart

Story Number 1 One late afternoon of our many hot days I decided to dangle my legs in our pool, just for kicks. Our 12-year-old grandkids were also in the pool with their dad. They were throwing a basketball at me so it would hit and splashed my face....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Our 'deteriorating electrical distribution system'

or . . . The Rise of Ion Rush

Last week I surmised I may have been transmuted into some sort of electrical super-freak -- in eight days I lost two computers, a TV and a car battery. The only thing in common with these electrical devices, as far as I could tell, was they all were touched by me....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Vacation's over

The notebooks are stacked high in boxes, crates are full of crayons and folders. It's time to get back to school again. Do you remember when you would go back to school after summer vacation and share how you spent your vacation? Well, in the good spirit of going back to school and the fall athletic season officially starting this week I will be the first to share....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Clarkston Farm and Garden Club appreciates help

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Farm and Garden Club thanks the wonderful gardeners of our community, Karen Wiltfang, Liz and Mike Doyle, Russ and Paula Jones, Candace and Dick Payne, Lynette and Joe Fioroni, and Pat and Nathan Chase for opening their gardens for the 2012 Garden Walk....more >>

Letter to the Editor

No petition to end cityhood, but discussion welcome

Dear Editor, I am positive that Clarkston and the experience of living in what is now the City of the Village of Clarkston would not be lessened and could be greatly improved if the Village of Clarkston were to rejoin Independence Township and no longer be a city, if the city government was shaken off....more >>
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Born April 17th
1676: Frederick I, king of Sweden
1741: Samuel Chase, signer of the Declaration of Independence
1820: Alexander Cartwright, sportsman, developed baseball.
1866: Ernest Henry Starling, British physiologist.
1885: Isak Dinesen (Karen Dinesen), Danish writer (Out of Africa).
April 17th
in history
858: Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1492: Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.
1521: Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
1524: Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
1535: Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.