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Leader's editorials on ballot issues

Vote NO on community rec. center More taxes. More debt. That's what the proposed Oxford Township Community Recreation Center boils down to and that is why is we strongly urge residents to vote NO on the $20 million bond proposal (to be financed through a 1....more >>

Don't Rush Me

And the winner of my contest is . . .

How do community papers affect you?

At then end of June I asked folks to submit wee-little essays on the role of community newspapers here in our community. This was to showcase Community Paper Month. I sweetened the pot and said I would throw in $50 for my favorite essay....more >>

Jim's Jottings

What has President Obama done for America?

A 'Jot-a-torial' for you

On what track is Obama's plans for America? Or perhaps he has none. He's certainly ignored, or lied again, of his promise of transparency in Washington, DC. Seems his lying, such as "You can keep your doctor," is his policy on all matters....more >>

Andrea's Anecdotes A column by Andrea Beaudoin

Don't let library go

If voters shoot down a library millage on August 5 the Clarkston-Independence library will close. Books will be packed and music silenced. Enrichment classes, education classes and special activities will be gone....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Free speech trumps sign rules, reader says

Dear Editor, The article on local regulations on political signs was interesting but, in my view, fell short to the extent it failed to emphasize that while local government may be able to restrict political sign postings on public right-of-ways, it has been found that the First Amendment right to free speech allows for the posting of political yard signs on private property without regard to attempted local regulation ("Political signs," July 9)....more >>
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Born September 20th
1878: Upton Sinclair, author best known today for The Jungle.
1884: Maxwell Perkins, editor, the first to publish F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe.
1885: Ferdinand Lamenthe (Jelly Roll Morton), jazz pianist, composer and singer, one of the first to orchestrate jazz music.
1891: Lamine Gueye, Senegalese political leader.
1917: Arnold Red Auerbach, second winningest basketball coach in history with 1,037 victories for the Boston Celtics.
September 20th
in history
1604: After a two-year siege, the Spanish retake Ostend, the Netherlands, from the Dutch.
1784: Packet and Daily, the first daily publication in America, appears on the streets.
1806: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pass the French village of La Charette, the first white settlement they have seen in more than two years.Ken Burns' unique vision of the American West.
1830: The National Negro Convention convenes in Philadelphia with the purpose of abolishing slavery.
1850: The slave trade is abolished in the District of Columbia.Dedicated Massachusetts abolitionist Silas Soule ironically gave his life for the red man, not the black.