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You're just a kid what do you know?

"Don't trust anyone over 30." Back in the turbulent 1960s, that was a popular slogan among members of the Yippie/Hippie New Left. As much as I disdain that anti-American movement's treasonous politics, I must admit there might be a bit of truth in that slogan when it comes to the way some adults view young people, particularly teenagers and children....more >>

Don't Rush Me

A letter about Christmas

Don Rush gets a message and a thought

This weekend whilst erecting the Rush fake Christmas tree, I started to harken back to the Christmases of yore. The boys were not at home, so I had plenty of time for thoughts. Often I fret over not gifting the correct, or good enough presents and thoughts during this past weekend's fake tree rising started to go down that old, familiar path....more >>

Letters to Editor

Smith family grateful for column about Merle I am the daughter of the recently passed Oxford Village resident Merle Smith. I live in Mississippi and was told to look the Dec. 4 column up that C....more >>
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Jim's Jottings

Merry Christmas From The Grandkids!

Jim's Jottings Tradition Continues

When we first started this Jim's Jottings holiday tradition, the two grandchildren Dan and Karen Offer (below) were small enough to fit on my knees. It was 1988. Dan was 3-years-old and Karen was four-months-old....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 >>


Congratulations for informative Times

Kudos to Independence Township for last week's inaugural Independence Township Times. At a time when government is measured by how well they spin public relations, it's refreshing to see a local unit of government leveling with people....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Roads of snow

Last weekend's snowstorm did a thorough job on the roads, covering it with snow and ice and slowing traffic down to a crawl. Just in time for my trip out of town. I took it slow. I learned that lesson the hard way a few years ago, spinning out my car and totaling it during a late-season show fall on I-69....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to EMS Dear Editor, On Wednesday evening prior to Thanksgiving, I had a major problem and Independence EMS literally saved my life. Ross and Keith were in my home within five minutes of calling 911, I was stabilized and transported to St Joe's Hospital in Pontiac....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Crunch time for Christmas

It is less than a week to go. It is crunch time. That may either bring you joy, relief or panic. But the calendar will not slow down or speed up. Christmas is on the horizon, just out of touch but coming into focus....more >>
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Born October 13th
1909: Herblock (Herbert Lawrence Block), multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist.
1910: Ernest Kellogg Gann, pilot and adventure novelist (Island in the Sky, The High and Mighty).
1910: Art Tatum, American jazz pianist.
1925: Margaret Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister (1979-1990).
1926: Ray Brown, jazz bass player.
October 13th
in history
1903: Boston defeats Pittsburgh in baseball's first World Series.
1904: Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is published.
1942: In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.
1943: Italy declares war on Germany. Allied Agony Anzio.
1983: The Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, lands safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shuttles are the highest, fastest airplanes.