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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 4th
1905: Mary Renault (Mary Challans), author who wrote about her wartime experiences in The Last of the Wine and The King Must Die.
1908: Richard Wright, novelist best known for Native Son.
1918: Paul Harvy, radio commentator.
1920: Craig Claiborne, food critic and cookbook author.
1920: Maggie Higgins, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (1951) for international reporting, for her work in Korean war zones.
September 4th
in history
1781: Los Angeles, first an Indian village Yangma, is founded by Spanish decree.
1787: Louis XVI of France recalls parliament.
1790: Jacques Necker is forced to resign as finance minister in France.
1820: Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.
1862: Robert E. Lee's Confederate army invades Maryland, starting the Antietam Campaign. New York Tribune reporter George Smalley scooped the world with his vivid account of the Battle of Antietam.