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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 August 28th
1774: Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the first U.S.-born saint.
1828: Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (War and Peace, Anna Karenina).
1882: Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director in the world, who directed the Zoological Gardens of San Diego.
1896: Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist and short-story writer.
1903: Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychologist, educator of autistic and emotionally disturbed children.
August 28th
in history
1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.
1938: The first degree given to a ventriloquist's dummy is awarded to Charlie McCarthy--Edgar Bergen's wooden partner. The honorary degree, Master of Innuendo and Snappy Comeback, is presented on radio by Ralph Dennis, the dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University.
1941: The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed Graph
1944: German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.