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Hospital's policy another step on the road to smoke-free serfdom

Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel." H.L. Mencken I wish I could go one day without reading or hearing about how someone somewhere is attempting to or succeeding at stifling individual liberty....more >>


Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Keiser's Role: Bar for student achievement should be raised

"Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an excercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Downtown's problem is the businesses, not the sidewalks

I will have to agree with Larry Stephens 100 percent on his letter to the editor that the reason downtown Oxford fails is because of the lack of interesting businesses. I have lived here for over 20 years and have only been in a few of the businesses in town....more >>

Letter to the Editor: Resident offers thoughts on streetscape brouhaha

There has been much written in the Oxford Leader recently regarding the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and a possible new streetscape design. First; my experience with DDA's and streetscape programs....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Some father - sons bonding time

Talkin' guns, politics and Sunday morning TV!

So, the other Sunday I was sitting on the couch in the living room with my sons, Shamus (15) and Sean (13 in a month). Part of our weekend ritual is to watch one Sunday morning political talk show, whilst eating breakfast so we can make observations about politics before we dive into vacuuming, washing, dusting and cleaning....more >>

Letter to the Editor

City has history of budget problems, reader says

Dear Editor, The quotes from the city manager, "It's just a matter of paperwork" and "Oftentimes it's a matter of making an incorrect journal entry" sound like there are errors being made by the city staff and yet city employees just received substantial unbudgeted raises at the recommendation of the city manager ("Auditors call for more oversight," Feb....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader disheartened at report of misappropriations

Dear Editor, Thanks are due to the Clarkston News for shedding light on the City of Clarkston's lack of adherence to state law in its budgeting and spending of the taxpayers' money ("Auditors call for more oversight," Feb....more >>
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Born October 4th
1919: Rene Marques, Puerto Rican playwright and short story writer.
1923: Charlton Heston, American film actor.
1928: Alvin Toffler, writer and futurist.
1941: Anne Rice, novelist.
1946: Susan Sarandon, American film actress.
October 4th
in history
1874: Kiowa leader Satanta, known as the Orator of the Plains, surrenders in Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he commits suicide October 11, 1878. The life of Satanta.
1905: Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles. The Virginia Air and Space Center is home to the Great Aerodrome, which almost beat the Wrights into the air.
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids London. The J.V. Martin Kitten failed at intercepting Zeppelins.
1957: Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the space race. The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up. Just nine months after President John F. Kennedy called for the U.S. to put a man on the moon before 1970, Mercury astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
1968: Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary. As America's involvement in Indochina came to an end in the spring of 1975, the Khmer Rouge closed in on Phnom Penh for the kill.