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Why is it so hard to do the right thing?

Doing the right thing. It's so simple and easy, yet why is it such a hard thing for so many folks to do? Last week, I did it at the Sunoco gas station in the Village of Oxford. I wanted $10 worth of gas....more >>

It's All About the Kids: a column by Dr. Janet McPeek

Moving on after a senseless tragedy

As the world continues to ask "Why?" in the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, families in that community — and everywhere — are trying to return to a life of normalcy....more >>

Center location, location, location

Maybe you have to really BE a senior to see the problem with the new senior center. It is not an issue of $5 being too much to pay; it is the issue of WHERE the new center is. I understand why the old location no longer fits the needs of the community but maybe some of the seniors should have been asked about the new location....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Allowing guns in schools a bad idea

As our State Legislators plow through passing bill after bill allowing little to no input from their constitutes they tried to pass a law that makes no sense at all. Now I possess my CPL, but taking a gun into a school would never cross my mind as being a good idea....more >>

Freedom to work offers a choice

Session has now come to a close for the 2011-2012 legislative term and I am extremely proud of all that has been accomplished over this two-year period. In my first term as a state representative, we changed the way things are done in Lansing by balancing Michigan's budget based on real dollars and reforming our government to help get Michigan back on track....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Christmas songs capture season's spirit

 While Rush is away on holiday, we searched his files and came up with this "gem" of a column in regards to the holiday season. Enjoy! And, Happy Holidays.
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When we broke out the Christmas decorations , also let loose were the two dozen Christmas albums, er, CDs I have....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Happy New Year from The Grandkids

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren Dan and Karen Offer (inset picture) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3-years-old and Karen was four-months-old....more >>

Guest Column - Did you know?

By Marion Ginopolis

Lake Orion Community Schools... *Annually outperform Oakland County and State averages in all tested subject areas *Graduates are awarded several million dollars in merit scholarships *Was named by the College Board as a 2012-2013 Advance Placement (AP) Achievement District earning placement on the AP Honor Roll *Neighborhood and intra-district focus elementary schools and middle schools recognized as Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Wily White Elephant

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I had a good one, spending time with family and friends. The Christmas party here at the newspaper was fun. Publisher Jim Sherman Jr. generously hosts the entire newspaper group for lunch in Oxford, followed by our annual White Elephant gift exchange....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Successful year for Clarkston Lions' Kidsight program

Dear Editor, Clarkston Area Lions recently conducted two Project Kidsight screenings, our regularly scheduled second Saturday of the month at the Independence Township Library and the annual Rotary Shoes for Kids program....more >>

Thank you to community for Alternative gift fair success

Dear Editor, A big thank you to the greater Clarkston community, which helped make the 2012 Clarkston United Methodist Church Alternative Christmas Gift Fair a big success! The local, regional and global mission agencies who participated will realize a total of $24,602....more >>
Donald Turner
The Oxford Leader
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Born December 19th
1906: Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet General Secretary of the Communist party and President of the Supreme Soviet from 1964 until 1982.
1915: Edith Piaf, internationally famous French cabaret singer, best remembered for her songs La Vie en rose and Non, je ne regrette rein.
1933: Ciciely Tyson, actress, best remembered for her role in The Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman.
December 19th
in history
1154: Henry II is crowned king of England.
1562: The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.
1793: French troops recapture Toulon from the British.
1862: Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins tearing up the railroads in Union generals Grant and Rosecrans rear, causing considerable delays in the movement of Union supplies.
1900: The French Parliament votes amnesty for everyone involved in the Dreyfus Affair.