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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

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 October 22nd
1887: John Reed, American journalist, poet and revolutionary, (Ten Days That Shook the World).
1903: George Beadle, American geneticist.
1919: Doris Lessing, novelist (Children of Violence, The Golden Notebook).
1920: Timothy Leary, American psychologist who experimented with psychedelic drugs.
1925: Rober Rauschenberg, pop artist.
October 22nd
in history
1824: The Tennessee Legislature adjourns ending Davy Crockett's state political career. Crockett died at the legendary siege of the Alamo in 1836.
1836: Sam Houston sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas. In March 1843, 176 members of an unauthorized army of Texans captured in Mexico drew beans from a jar to determine which 17 among them would die for their alleged crimes.
1859: Spain declares war on the Moors in Morocco.
1862: Union troops push 5,000 confederates out of Maysbille, Ark., at the Second Battle of Pea Ridge. Cherokee Stand Watie exhibited bravery and leadership while fighting for two lost causes.
1907: Ringling Brothers buys Barnum & Bailey.