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Don't Rush Me

You Are The Boat

One woman's quest to help others through words

Oh -- I don't know, a little over a year ago I think -- Pam Belding (or as I like to call her, Red) started sending me the ever-evolving manuscript she was writing. I hoped she did it so I could edit....more >>

My Way

I'll miss Tom

Anyone who knows me or reads my column knows there aren't many people who hold public office that I like. There are plenty I tolerate. There are plenty I speak to because professionally I'm obligated to....more >>

Government 'authorities' run amok

By Jack McHugh Mackinac Center for Public Policy The just concluded 96th Michigan Legislature was momentous, enacting a long list of beneficial reforms that will make this a more free and prosperous state....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Can you hear the people sing?

I was a bit surprised with an email I received recently regarding the upcoming Legislative Lunch at this year's Michigan Press Association annual convention. "Like many industries in Michigan, the Michigan Press Association has to keep strong relations in Lansing to avoid having our business legislated OUT of business....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Parents thankful for school, community rescuers

Dear Editor, It was the day you always fear, the day you get a call from your child's school saying, "there has been an accident and EMS is here with your Jacob. I don't have any other details....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for Memorial Candle Lighting Service support

Dear Editor, Thank you to the many people who helped with our Fifth Annual Holiday Memorial Candle Lighting Service on Dec. 11. Special thanks to Clarkston Community Church for opening the doors to their beautiful church and many gracious members from the church who assisted behind the scenes....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Everyday symbols can have deeper meaning

One thing that has always fascinated me has been the power of symbols. They are concrete things, images, or even sounds that have more value than what simply meets the eye or ear....more >>
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Born August 2nd
1865: Irving Babbitt, scholar and founder of the modern humanistic movement.
1924: James Baldwin, writer whose works include Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son.
1932: Peter O'Toole, Irish actor.
1942: Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits.
1949: James Fallows, writer and editor of U.S. News and World Report.
August 2nd
in history
1923: Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes president upon the death of Warren G. Harding.
1934: German President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor.
1943: Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri.
1950: The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.
1964: U.S. destroyer Maddoxis reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.