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Gazelles can't vote on whether they're eaten, but taxpayers can

I'm afraid to take out my wallet in public these days with so many local government officials casting covetous eyes upon my hard-earned dollars. It seems like everybody and his brother is asking for either a tax increase or a new tax on the August and November ballots....more >>

Don't Rush Me

The Mummy!

(scared Sean's dad away)

Recently, son Sean, 14, was honored as one of the top 51 "scholars" of Shiawassee County. Something about having scored well on an SAT test these 8th graders took earlier in the year elevated their existence to this level of renown....more >>

Letters to Editor

White Cane drive a success The Oxford Lions Club members were on the streets of Oxford, Friday & Saturday (April 25-26) selling White Canes. Thanks to the generous people of the Oxford area and the wonderful support of the Oxford Leader for advertisement, our dedicated Lions and associates, were able to raise donations totaling $4,063....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Pot and roasts (but not potroast)

Recently, at the Oxford Rotary Club's charity roast of me, I gave up my self respect and at the same time lost a lot of respect I had for the roasters. Something happens to these normally normal people when they agree to participate in a roast....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Hashtag whatnow?

#whatisthisworldcomingto?
I ask in this way in an effort to be legible to those fluent in modern means of communications. I'm slowly entering the world of Twitter, which is usually a sign this particular internet platform is on its way out.
...more >>

Readers respond to school board twitterers

Facebook posts on The Clarkston News page regarding Clarkston School Board's twittering trustees received more than 3,700 views, and dozens of readers responded, including these:
Bridget Gibbs – Totally unprofessional to be tweeting during meeting #growup
Rick Detkowski Jr.
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Letters to the Editor

A call for transparency in government

Dear Editor,
I agree with the recent editorial congratulating the Clarkston School Board for the board's strategic planning efforts and results, reflecting increasing transparency in government operations warranting enhanced public confidence in the quality of government ("Kudos to school board for long-term plan," April 23).
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Spiritual Matters

Better together for better habitat

At Calvary Lutheran we have a saying  we share often: “We are better together!” We believe that is way God made us for life in community, not as lone rangers. One Body of Christ with many parts, each uniquely gifted and all vital to the health and effectiveness of the Body....more >>
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Born October 20th
1891: Sir James Chadwick, physicist who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the neutron.
1901: Adelaide Hall, cabaret singer.
1925: Art Buchwald, humorist.
1931: Mickey Mantel, baseball great who played for the New York Yankees
1932: Michael McClure, beat poet.
October 20th
in history
1944: U.S. troops and on Leyte in the Philippines, keeping General MacArthur's pledge I shall return.General George C. Kenney pioneered aerial warfare strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater.
1945: Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon form the Arab League to present a unified front against the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.
1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens public hearings on alleged communist infiltration in Hollywood. Among those denounced as having un-American tendencies are: Katherine Hepburn, Charles Chaplin and Edward G. Robinson. Among those called to testify is Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan, who denies that leftists ever controlled the Guild and refuses to label anyone a communist.
1968: Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.
1973: Arab oil-producing nations ban oil exports to the United States, following the outbreak of Arab-Israeli war.