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One extreme has blind faith, the other sees conspiracies everywhere

I've never thought of myself as a person who dwelled in the middle on any subject. From politics to deer hunting to the proper way to mix a Martini, I have a point of view on just about everything....more >>

"I do" it again

"Successful marriage is an art that can only be learned with difficulty. But it gives pride and satisfaction, like any other expertness that is hard won... I would say that the surest measures of man's or woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse....more >>

Letter to the editor

Welcome back to school

Dear Lake Orion, Well, here we are again. September is here, and that means for the youth of the area that school is also upon us. Pencils and books, calculators and rulers, teachers and buses....more >>

Letter to the editor

National 'talk like a pirate' day

Ahoy Mateys! For those of you looking for a way to emerge from the doldrums of realizing that summer is almost over, let me suggest that you circle Wednesday, September 19 on your calendar....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Na-hay, Boo-Boo . . .

. . . . Where's the pic-a-nic basket?

Like Yogi, son Shamus, 14, is smarter than the average bear. However, I am afraid to say, my oldest male cub has picked up at least one of Papa Bear's bad habits -- he likes to "collect" stuff other folks have discarded....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Financial reporting by the two sexes

It was a slow news night, and I decided to watch the evening news on something besides Fox. I switched to ABC and David Muir. Financial news has been rather depressing, but I waited for some hope for change....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Crack open that ole Constitution

There are a lot of ballot initiatives to vote on this November, including five proposed amendments to the Michigan constitution. Times have changed. Two of the proposals are to strengthen unions partially unionizing home healthcare workers and making collective bargaining a right....more >>

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, This Certificate Of Need process for McLaren Hospital is a perfect example of why the government intrusion into medicine or almost anything sacred or personal in the private sector is a disaster....more >>

Letter to the editor

Reader hopes you'll visit Clarkston Farmers' Market

Dear Editor, If you have visited the Clarkston Farmers Market when we were located at Depot Park in previous year, we were closed because of Art in the Park. This year, we will be open, Saturday, Sept....more >>

Letter to the editor

Veterans at Post 377 say thank you for donation

Dear Editor, I would like to thank you and The Clarkston News for the generous donation to our American Legion Post 377. We are in a continuous mode of raising funds to support our post and the many veterans in need....more >>
Donald Turner
The Oxford Leader
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Born December 17th
1807: John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, abolitionist, reformer and founder of the Liberal Party.
1908: Willard Frank Libby, American chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his part in creating the carbon-14 method in dating ancient findings.
December 17th
in history
1948: The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Wright brothers' plane, the Kitty Hawk.
1950: The French government appoints Marshal de Lattre de Tassigny to command their troops in Vietnam.
1952: Yugoslavia breaks relations with the Vatican.
1965: Ending an election campaign marked by bitterness and violence, Ferdinand Marcos is declared president of the Philippines.
1981: Red Brigade terrorists kidnap Brigadier General James Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. NATO officer in Italy.