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Those who fail to learn from history . . .

It's a shame so many folks think history is just a bunch of boring stuff that happened in the past and has no bearing on the future. I prefer to view the past as a guide for navigating the uncharted and uncertain waters of the future....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Oakland County reaching out to small biz?

One Stop Shop and more economic development news

Thems that know me know I, like many Americans, root for the underdog (and as I type this I can still hear the nerdy intones of the late actor Wally Cox as he gave voice to the TV cartoon character, UnderDog ....more >>

Jim's Jottings

A brief chronological look of Detroit

A brief chronological look of Detroit Before Detroit was Detroit, it was what the Anishinabeg tribes called, Bending River. Prior to the 1600s there were no native settlements along this stretch of river....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 >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Stories of lost locales

I enjoy seeing photographs of other people's journeys. It's not just visiting the upper peninsula or foreign countries but also visiting abandoned places. The paint peeling off the walls....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Millage differences will drop, candidate says Dear Editor, In regards to "Candidates mixed on city taxes," Oct. 23 edition, the millage difference shown in the table accompanying this article could be confusing....more >>

Spiritual Matters

When dreams go up in smoke

Have you had somebody hurt you? I mean really harm you? Have you were abandoned, discarded by someone you thought loved you? Maybe a friend who betrayed you? Maybe a spouse who cheated on you? Maybe a spouse who out of the blue said, "I want a divorce?" Have you had dreams that you've been working towards and suddenly, they're shattered? And you wonder, "WHY God? Where are you God? I thought you were with me?" A few weeks ago I talked about Joseph....more >>
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Born August 20th
1886: Paul Tillich, theologian and philosopher who wrote Systematic Theology.
1890: H.P. Lovecraft, author of horror tales.
1905: Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist.
1944: Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minster of India.
August 20th
in history
1913: 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegond becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely.
1914: Russia wins an early victory over Germany at Gumbinnen.
1940: After a previous machine gun attack failed, exiled Russian Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico City, with an alpine ax to the back of the head.
1940: Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
1941: Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile.