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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 September 16th
1893: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
1925: Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist.
1925: B.B. King, blues guitarist.
1926: John Knowles, writer (A Separate Peace).
1950: Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.
September 16th
in history
1945: Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain.RAF officer Aidan MacCarthy narrowly escaped the Nazis, spent three years in Japanese POW camps and survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
1950: The U.S. 8th Army breaks out of the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea and begins heading north to meet MacArthur's troops heading south from Inchon.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.
1972: South Vietnamese troops recapture Quang Tri province in South Vietnam from the North Vietnamese Army. Lessons learned in the savage 1972 Eastertide Offensive paid off at the Battle of Khafji almost two decades later.
1974: Limited amnesty is offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service.
1975: Administrators for Rhodes Scholarships announce the decision to begin offering fellowships to women.