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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 August 1st
1770: William Clark, American explorer, led the Corps of Discovery with Meriwether Lewis.
1779: Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
1818: Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S.
1819: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick
1942: Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead.
August 1st
in history
1834: Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
1864: Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces.After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.
1872: The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1873: San Francisco's first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie's Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
1880: Sir Frederick Roberts frees the British Afghanistan garrison of Kandahar from Afghan rebels.