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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


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 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.
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in history
1849: Edgar Allan Poe, aged 40, dies a tragic death in Baltimore. Never able to overcome his drinking habits, he was found in a delirious condition outside a saloon that was used as a voting place.
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.