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The death of choice

To paraphrase someone I recently lost any respect I had for, sometimes I feel like I'm living in a Third World country where I have no choices and no voice. I felt that way as I sat through a four-hour Oxford Village Council meeting last week during which the body decided not to give residents the choice of continuing with local dispatch services or contracting with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department....more >>

Letter to Editor: Please consider other properties, too

Once again, I am saddened by the results from the Beautification Commission Awards. I was a nominating member for many years, visiting every street in the Village 2-3 times, looking for and noticing hard work and pride of ownership....more >>

Letter to Editor: Megan's family says thanks

On behalf of our daughter Megan Abbott, we would like to thank the members of our community who have been so supportive during our recent family tragedy. We have had condolences offered, meals delivered to our home, help with the care of our other children, and our house watched over....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 >>

Don't Rush Me

How to maintain your insanity

and other things that don't add up to a hill of beans

Life is apt to throw you curve balls when you least expect it. And, as I am usually behind in the count, I'm just gonna' swing and try to make a connection. Try for a base hit, versus a homerun....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Doctors, politicians and smart aleck kids

During my months of rehab from my hip surgery in February, I saw a few doctors. We chatted a few times until I heard two of them tell me they don't read newspapers. Neither of them watch news on television either....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Orange alert

Students, teachers, and parents head into a new school year with information from Michigan Department of Education that Clarkston Community Schools ranks an "orange." This is a bad rank....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Make use of the gifts God gave you

When I was in the fourth grade I was taught that I could not sing. My voice was beginning to change and I would usually be somewhere between a soprano and bass often with in the same beat....more >>
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Born July 4th
1872: Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States (1923-1929).
1883: Rube Goldberg, Pulittzer Prize-winning cartoonist.
1898: Gertrude Lawrence, English actress.
1905: Lionel Trilling, literary critic and educator.
1927: Neil Simon, American playwright (The Odd Couple, The Prisoner of Second Avenue).
July 4th
in history
1863: The Confederate town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant.
1881: Billy the Kid is shot dead in New Mexico.
1894: After seizing power, Judge Stanford B. Dole declares Hawaii a republic.
1895: The poem America the Beautiful is first published.
1901: William H. Taft becomes the American governor of the Philippines.