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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 >>


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 October 7th
1907: Helen MacInnes, writer.
1931: Desmond Tutu, South African religious leader.
1934: Leroi Jones (Imamu Amiri Baraka), playwright.
1935: Thomas Keneally, novelist, author of Schindler's Ark, the basis for the film Schindler's List.
1955: Yo Yo Ma, cellist.
October 7th
in history
1870: French Minister of the Interior Leon Gambetta escapes besieged Paris by balloon, reaching the French provisional government in Tours.
1913: In attempting to find ways to lower the cost of the automobile and make it more affordable to ordinary Americans, Henry Ford took note of the work of efficiency experts like Frederick Taylor, the father of scientific management. The result was the assembly line that reduced the time it took to manufacture a car, from 12 hours to 93 minutes. Visiting the Past: Automotive History.
1949: Iva Toguri D'Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. American-Born Axis Sally.
1957: A fire in the Windscale plutonium production reactor (later called Sellafield) north of Liverpool, England, spreads radioactive iodine and polonium through the countryside and into the Irish Sea. Livestock in the immediate area were destroyed, along with 500,000 gallons of milk. At least 30, and possibly as many as 1,000, cancer deaths were subsequently linked to the accident.
1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) hijackers seize the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and demand the release of 50 Palestinians held by Israel.