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Leader Editorial: YES votes for public safety in Oxford, Addison

This newspaper has never taken the issue of taxes lightly, especially when it comes to increasing them. We firmly believe that folks should get to keep the money they earn and spend it how they see fit without the fear of government confiscating more and more of it to finance projects and ideas conceived behind closed doors in administrators' offices and during committee meetings with no audiences....more >>

Leader Editorial: YES votes for public safety in Oxford, Addison

This newspaper has never taken the issue of taxes lightly, especially when it comes to increasing them. We firmly believe that folks should get to keep the money they earn and spend it how they see fit without the fear of government confiscating more and more of it to finance projects and ideas conceived behind closed doors in administrators' offices and during committee meetings with no audiences....more >>

What does Halloween mean to you?

Most holidays have greater meaning than they let on. Thanksgiving once had roots in Protestantism, at least in the United States, and was a way to give thanks for a plentiful harvest before the winter months arrived....more >>

Leader Editorial: Oxford Village voters: NO on Prop. 1, YES on Prop. 2

Sometimes government has good ideas and sometimes it has bad ideas. Oxford Village currently has one of each and voters will decide their fate in the Nov. 6 election. We are strongly encouraging voters to APPROVE the village's Proposal 2, the municipality's request for permission to sell the 3....more >>

Letter to Editor - Response to Jottings on healthcare

Regarding Jim's Jottings (4-11-12): I ask you, Jim, who first began referring disdainfully to health care reform as "Obamacare?" The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010, and although it is far from perfect legislation, it will cover 32 million currently uninsured Americans by 2014, require insurance companies to spend more premium dollars on actual health care, and more....more >>

When and where to vote locally

The polls for the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Remember to bring photo identification, such as a driver's license or state identification card, to present at the polls....more >>

Don't Rush Me

So Don, what do you think?

Thoughts on the election.

For some awful reason more folks than usual have sought me out and asked my opinion on the upcoming election. Before you go there, I agree: there are really Eight Signs of the Apocalypse....more >>

Jim's Jottings

What a great time we'll have after November 6

After that Tuesday we can heave a sigh of relief, and refocus on the important things on television like commercials for Viagra. I've had it up to here with all these commercials for adult activities! I suggest the makers of memory pills replace Viagra on the tube....more >>

Editorial

Vote for school board reform

Clarkston needs a new kind of school board, and we think incumbents Susan Boatman and Joan Patterson, and challengers Betty Reilly and Craig Hamilton can provide it. This year's election is critical....more >>

Wild Ideas A column by Mary Keck

Harvest Lessons

Like a trick-or-treater shedding her mask to reveal a fun-loving kid, fall has shed its cloak of gold, maroon, and orange to reveal the cold, brown truth: winter is on its way. Just as the beautiful leaves distracted us from the transition into a cooler season, reflecting on this year's harvest offers a welcome diversion from the rain and wind....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Be a witness to the world around you

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel Paul says as he writes to the Christians of Rome. As we hear those words and think about them I wonder how many people would say that today. We have so many teachings that take away from the truth of God....more >>
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Born September 1st
1795: James Gordon Bennet, editor of the New York Sun, the first tabloid-sized daily newspaper.
1875: Edgar Rice Burroughs, novelist who created Tarzan, the Ape Man.
1907: Walter Reuther, labor leader who merged the American Federation of Labor with the Congress of International Organizations.
1923: Rocky Marciano, world heavyweight boxing champion who retired undefeated.
1939: Seiji Ozawa, conductor.
September 1st
in history
1836: Protestant missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman leads a party to Oregon. His wife, Narcissa, is one of the first white women to travel the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail emigrants who chose to follow Stephen Meek thought his shortcut would save weeks of hard travel. Instead, it brought them even greater misery.
1864: Confederate forces under General John Bell Hood evacuate Atlanta in anticipation of the arrival of Union General William T. Sherman's troops. The Federal officer who sent his men naked against the enemy was Colonel James P. Brownlow of the 1st (Union) Tennessee Cavalry.
1870: The Prussian army crushes the French at Sedan, the last battle of the Franco-Prussian War.
1876: The Ottomans inflict a decisive defeat on the Serbs at Aleksinac.
1882: The first Labor Day is observed in New York City by the Carpenters and Joiners Union.