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The end of an evil tax – almost

In a civilized society, taxes are a necessary evil. Now, I tend to believe taxes are more evil than necessary and some are more evil than others. That's why I was pleased to see the state Legislature and Gov....more >>

Letter to the Editor:A few thoughts on entitled folks, guns in schools

In response to a couple of the pieces in your last paper: The answer to the question of "Why is it so hard to do the right thing?" is a mystery to me. It would seem that it should be clear to do the right thing even if it is the harder choice....more >>

Letter to the Editor: 'More restrictive laws are not going to stop evil'

I would like to start off by saying my prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Out of respect, I have kept my political opinions to myself much like the National Rifle Association (NRA) did for the following week and unlike the current White House administration....more >>

Letter to the Editor: A Democrat's response in 'Republican land'

First I want to apologize to those I have offended or will offend in this and future letters to the editor. I guess I was taken to the woodshed and thoroughly verbally trashed for having the audacity to write my thoughts and even sarcastic comments and send them in....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Time for AARP already?

There must be some mistake.

When I first started typing columns back in 1986, one of the first "gems" of journalistic dribble I labeled Don't Rush Me recorded (lamented) the fact I had found my first gray hair....more >>

Jim's Jottings

I turned my head, and ... What happened?

I think this phrase came from a Broadway show Stop The World I Want To Get Off: "I just want it to slow down so I can get a handle on it." It was hard enough to follow our own three kids become adults, but watching the grandkids grow has been nothing short of turning around and asking myself, "What happened?" Where did the time go?" I mean "little" red-headed Danny and his busy sister Karen jumped out of the nest and in to oblivion so quickly....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Running into 2013

By now you are either deep into your New Year's resolution, you have given up and are asking yourself why you make one just to break it, or you are still trying just to write down the year correctly....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Rotary says thank you

Dear Editor, The Clarkston Rotary Club would like to thank the many volunteers who committed time and energy for this year's Goodfellow newspaper sales and subsequent Shoes for Kids....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader says don't forget pedestrians and cyclists

Dear Editor, The city council had a somewhat lengthy discussion on this even though the agenda only said "Explanation of possible action of grant" ("City considers road, sidewalk additions," Dec....more >>

Supervisor's viewpoint

Financial recap for Independence Township

Reviewing Independence Township finances, Police, Fire, Safety Path, Water and Sewer and General Funds will finish the year pretty much in accordance with the 2012 plan. For example: General Fund, up $319K due to increased building fees and lower salary expenses; Fire Fund, down $1....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Call for action on mental health reform

Dear Editor, After the Newtown suicide massacre and tragic loss of innocent children, medical governing authorities must reform how traditional medicine assesses and treats children with ADD behavioral conditions as well as mental illness....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Don't listen to experts in 2013

 Someone has said that an expert is anyone who is more than 100 miles away and you have to pay to talk to them. Our culture is full of experts. There are experts out there who will tell you that the economy is lousy –you'll never get that career you've always wanted....more >>
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Born February 7th
1804: John Deere, farm equipment manufacturer
1812: Charles Dickens, prolific English novelist whose stories reflected life in Victorian England. Some of his more famous works include Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities.
1837: Sir James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and editor.
1867: Laura Ingalls Wilder, author whose works were the basis for television's Little House on the Prairie.
1885: Sinclair Lewis, novelist of satire and realism. (Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry).
February 7th
in history
1882: American pugilist John L. Sullivan becomes the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.
1905: Congress grants statehood to Oklahoma. New Mexico and Arizona are the only remaining territories.
1913: The Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
1915: Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg moves on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
1917: The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.