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From Lansing:a column by State Rep. Brad Jacobsen

A view on education in Michigan

As we move closer to working out the details of formulating a state budget, tough decisions must be made on spending finite resources to ensure that taxpayer dollars go toward bettering the state and making improvements for Michigan residents....more >>

Don't Rush Me

What do Bill Shakespeare, Bill Gates, Bill Watterson, Plato and Ed Adler have in common?

They're all in my rockin' column (and it ain't fair)!

Not too long ago -- on one of those subzero, Polar Blast Days we experienced -- area business man Ed Adler called me. Before answering said call, I first doubled checked my schedule to make sure I had the time to converse with Ed....more >>

Letters to Editor

Upset about chamber firing Bills as director Holly Bills was amazing at her job as exeuctive director of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce! She not only was great with our business, but not one person I have spoken with while mentioning her name, has had one bad thing to say....more >>

Lake Orion Schools demonstrate lack of integrity

There was a question posted recently on a local Facebook page concerning Lake Orion Schools and its coaches. The question asked if it is better to have a coach with integrity or one that has a winning program....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 >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Everything is awesome?

When I go to the movies, it's to escape the world in which I live and work. Catching a 3D screening of "The Lego Movie," however, left me with a sense of deja vu. That feeling was strongest the third or fourth time the plastic minifigs broke out into their hit song "Everything is Awesome!" "Everything is awesome!" they'd sing....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Reader calls for city manager to step down Dear Editor, Regarding your stories "City spat unresolved despite many letters" and "City Manager breaks contact with the News," (Feb....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Finding peace in every season

As I look out my office window, I see a snowdrift that is over three feet tall. In a 24-hour period recently, our region experienced snow, rain, ice and even "thundersnow." It seems this winter has dished-out every conceivable scenario for bad weather....more >>
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Born October 25th
1888: Richard E. Byrd, U.S. aviator and explorer who made the first flight over the North Pole.
1889: Abel Gance, film director (Napoleon).
1902: Henry Steele Commager, American historian who wrote the fifty-five volume Rise of the American Nation.
1914: John Berryman, poet.
1941: Anne Tyler, novelist (The Accidental Tourist, Ladder of Years).
October 25th
in history
1944: The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters. On patrol north of the Philippine island of Luzon, USS Batfish destroyed three Japanese submarines in four nights.
1950: Chinese Communist Forces launch their first-phase offensive across the Yalu River into North Korea. A year after leaving West Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1951: In a general election, England's Labour Party loses to Conservatives. Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary.
1954: President Eisenhower conducts the first televised Cabinet meeting.
1958: The last U.S. troops leave Beirut.