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Keiser's Roll: What's up with the new grading system?

The more I hear about the "changing of education," the more I worry about the upcoming generations. In the April 10 edition of the Oxford Leader, I wrote a story about how traditional letter grades are going to be eliminated at all Oxford elementary schools and a "standards based" system will be the new mechanism for grading....more >>

Opinions

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 >>

Letter to Editor: Parent critical of baseball coach's behavior

As an Oxford resident, taxpayer, athletic booster and a family that has supported the Oxford School system for the past 16 years, I am disgusted with the way in which I am being put off by OHS Athletic Director Mike Watson....more >>

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

Challenging a kid's sense of entitlement

It is a common sight these days to see teens and pre-teens using cell phones and electronic tablets. In fact, many of them are better at operating these devices than adults. But does that mean every child is entitled to have an iPhone or an iPad? Of course not....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Seeds sewn, readers respond

" . . . asking a plant question to gardeners is like waving puppies around in front of women. We have to respond. "

Last week I pondered on what to do after I sowed some seed in the warm confines of my own home. The seeds have sprouted, I wrote, now what? * * * Don, I asked my Dad why my indoor seedlings toppled as soon as I took them outside....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Reader suggests school consolidation

Dear Editor, In response to "Budget tightrope," April 10, instead of increasing class size, reducing instructional staff and quality of education, why not consolidate under three or four county school districts like the majority of other states? There are 28 school districts in Oakland County, which means 28 school boards, superintendents, deputy superintendents, athletic directors, school bus garages, administration offices and the list goes on....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Libraries and senior facilities essential, reader says

Dear Editor, Many business people are used to the "Cost ľ Benefit" model, which makes sense where the issue is purely dollars and cents. But we are talking about a community, with people of many age groups, varying incomes, varying resources, of various needs; most of whom pay taxes....more >>

Letter to the Editor

New city manager signals support for status quo

Dear Editor, Regarding the recent Clarkston city manager selection, Section 4.18 of the Clarkston City Charter states "Elected officers shall not hold any appointed city office or city employment during the term for which they were elected....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Easter's not a day, it's a lifestyle

During Lenten and Holy Week our Congregation focused on hymns we like to sing and how they relate to our Lord's suffering, death, and resurrection. On Easter we focused on the hymn I Know that My Redeemer Lives, hymn written by Samuel Medley in 1775, the tune, Duke Street, composed by John Hatton....more >>

Guest viewpoint

America founded on powerful, inspirational ideas

What is America? America is an improbable idea, a nation divided by race and opinion but yet at the same time united as one. America is uniquely original by design; thereánever was a country quite like America and there still isn't to this day....more >>
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Born February 7th
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).
1905: Ulf Svante von Euler-Chelpin, Swedish physiologist.
February 7th
in history
1964: The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.
1965: U.S. jets hit Don Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
1968: North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
1978: Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
1983: Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.