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Opinion

My Way

Conservative to the world, but liberal locally

Editor's Note: The following column is a reprint from March 14, 2012. Enjoy. I've been giving some thought lately to a strange breed of political animal that I've observed during my 13 years of covering local politics....more >>

Letters to editor

Reader considers it her 'duty' to vote yes If there's one thing I've learned about Oxford, it's that there are good and honest people here who work hard at improving community services and amenities....more >>

Jim's Jottings

I refuse to hold my horses. I want my answers NOW!

I've been exchanging Jottings weekly for many years with Dick Milliman, and he sends me his columns, "The Almanack." He's owned several papers, from Grayling to the Indiana border, while being very active in Lansing....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Thud, thud: Thrown under bus whilst on vacation

Clarkston puts the crosshairs on Rush's forehead

You may or may not know this, but I was on vacation over the span of two weeks (but for only six days). Always wanted to go to Maine. The opportunity came up, I jumped and the rest is history....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Observations

It's taken me a lot of my lifetime to acknowledge it's much more important to have and keep friends, than to move conversation topics into politics and religion where I know from the start we don't agree....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Uniform for Fourth

In what has become a tradition at Independence Township's Fourth of July festival in Clintonwood Park, veterans are invited to share photos, mementos, uniforms, and other items from their time in service....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Library raises property values, reader says Dear Editor, Being a real estate broker for over 40 years and living and working in Clarkston, and loving it, I feel it imperative to write, for the first time ever, with regard to the upmost importance of our library millage passing Aug....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Sow, nurture seeds of love

In the good old summer time. Yeah! Summer is finally here. The cold and the snow are a fading memory. The sun and the water are calling us forward to enjoy the fruits of our labors....more >>

Guest viewpoint

Library needs levy, reader says

As a taxpayer, retiree and patron of the Clarkston Independence District Library, I'm responding to a column in the June 11 edition of The Clarkston News, attacking the upcoming millage request to fund our library....more >>
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Born September 3rd
1875: Ferdinand Porsche, automotive engineer, designer of the Volkswagen in 1934 and the Porsche sports car in 1950.
1894: Richard Niebuhr, theologian.
1907: Carl Anderson, physicist and 1936 Nobel prize winner for his discovery of the positron.
1914: Dixie Lee Ray, Chair of the Atomic Energy Commission who received the U.N. Peace Prize in 1977.
1927: Hugh Sidey, news correspondent and author of John F. Kennedy, President.
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in history
1916: The German Somme front is broken by an Allied offensive.It took a lot of demonstrating to sell the U.S. Army on motorized transport, but the ultimate incentive came when the American Expeditionary Force entered World War I.
1918: The United States recognizes the nation of Czechoslovakia.
1939: After Germany ignores Great Britain's ultimatum to stop the invasion of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II in Europe.Battling overwhelming odds in the air and his superiors on the ground, Germany's Adolf Galland became a legend.
1939: The British passenger ship Athenia is sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic, with 30 Americans among those killed. American Secretary of State Cordell Hull warns Americans to avoid travel to Europe unless absolutely necessary.Captain Johnnie Walker was the Royal Navy's most effective weapon against the German U-boat menace.
1943: British troops invade Italy, landing at Calabria.The Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team fought bravely in eight major campaigns.