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Open the piggy bank and give us a break

One of my biggest pet peeves is when a government entity that's sitting on a mountain of extra money asks the beleaguered taxpayers to reach into their well-worn pockets and give more....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Michigan's 2014 Winter Wonderland Is Too Much

Record, schmecord. I am done with snow.

So, here we are. We're a few days away from April First (no fooling) 2014, and you know what? I still hear some freaks (and I state that lovingly) who want three more inches of snow, so we can "break the record....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Lakeville Lake and fairness Can you imagine having a great recreational area in your front yard? This area is almost 500 acres and a major source of value for your township. It's Lakeville Lake and it's a real selling point for all of Addison Township....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 >>

Jim's Jottings

A nation founded by geniuses, run by idiots?

A long time ago, in my early newspapering days, I took an interest in Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois. He was minority leader of the US Senate. His low voice and slow delivery speeches were like magnets to me....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Winter tough to beat

The days are slowly getting longer...and so is winter in Michigan. There were a few days of 40-degree weather which seemed to boost the "spring is coming, spring is coming" excited cries....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Solve water problems with cascading waterfall Dear Editor, I'd like to clarify and expand on some of the comments in the article related to the Mill Race ("Delayed repair could be costly," March 19)....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Thank God for spring, Lent

It has been a very long winter and I am so ready for the snow to melt and life to spring forth again. The signs of spring and hope are all around, even the temperature is still cold....more >>
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Born September 17th
1883: William Carlos Williams, poet, playwright, essayist and writer who won a Pulitzer prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems.
1907: Warren E. Burger, chief justice of the Supreme Court.
1923: Hank Williams, Sr., singer, songwriter and guitarist known for Lonesome Blues and Your Cheatin' Heart.
1935: Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion).
1947: Jeff MacNelly, political cartoonist, creator of the comic strip Shoe.
September 17th
in history
1903: Turks destroy the town of Kastoria in Bulgaria, killing 10,000 civilians.
1917: The German Army recaptures the Russian Port of Riga from Russian forces.
1939: With the German army already attacking western Poland, the Soviet Union launches an invasion of eastern Poland.The Polish submarine Orzel escaped from internment and went on to fight the Germans against long odds.
1942: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad.The Krummer Lauf allowed German infantry and motorized artillery units to actually fire around corners.
1944: British airborne troops parachute into Holland to capture the Arnhem bridge as part of Operation Market-Garden. The plan called for the airborne troops to be relieved by British troops, but they were left stranded and eventually surrendered to the Germans.