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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 >>


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 October 5th
1882: Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902: Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald's hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911: Flann O'Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936: Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1959: Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
October 5th
in history
1864: At the Battle of Allatoona, a small Union post is saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's army. A compendium of poppycock, balderdash, and malarkey told by Civil War veterans for the amusement and amazement of future generations.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrenders to Colonel Nelson Miles in Montana Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada falls 40 miles short.
1880: The first ball-point pen is patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.
1882: Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.
1915: Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania. The fateful voyage of the Lusitania.