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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 October 21st
1772: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan).
1833: Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes.
1917: Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter.
1929: Ursula K. Le Guin, science fiction writer (The Left Hand of Darkness).
October 21st
in history
1861: The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Va. begins, a disastrous Union defeat which sparks Congressional investigations.
1867: Many leaders of the Kiowa, Comanche and Kiowa-Apache sign a peace treaty at Medicine Lodge, Kan. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker refused to accept the treaty terms. Used by most American Indians, bows and arrows made their mark on the frontier even when guns were around, and arrowhead wounds kept army surgeons plenty busy.
1872: The U.S. Naval Academy admits John H. Conyers, the first African American to be accepted. Naval historian and theorist Alfred Thayer Mahan.
1879: After 14 months of testing, Thomas Edison first demonstrates his electric lamp, hoping to one day compete with gaslight.
1904: Panamanians clash with U.S. Marines in Panama in a brief uprising.