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Keiser's Role: A Column by Trevor Keiser

Is Georgia on Skilling's mind?

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters" Albert Einstein Over the past several weeks, I've received several phone calls and had many conversations with members of the public (including other public officials) inquiring about whether or not Oxford Schools Superintendent Dr....more >>
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Don't Rush Me

One good turn deserves another

. . . and can some body take this song and put some music to it?

Last month was Community Paper Month here in Michigan and across the vast fruited plains o' America. We had a contest for folks to write an essay on community papers and got some good ones, too....more >>

Jim's Jottings

A lot of be glad about until I got addicted to TV news

I'm glad I got to live those first 87 years of my life. When I break them down to periods, there are some that really stand out. Like those early one-room school times of total innocence; then a 10-year span of war and illness, that got me to some really great married years....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Fall sports

It might be hard to believe but it is time - time for fall sports. Despite the low temperatures and rainy days August has arrived and this week marks tryouts for athletes participating in fall sports and football players going back to the field with two practices a day....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Support for Obama Dear Editor, I am offended by the rant of the once esteemed publisher, James Sherman, Sr. ("President's plan pocked with lies, not leadership," July 30). I would expect such unfounded trite from Fox News, not from a man of education....more >>

A Parent's Perspective By Arina Bokas

What future for our kids?

Whether we think about it or not, in the last 20 plus years since we experienced our K-12 schooling, a lot has changed around us. Our kids are much different from us "then." What they know and how they view the world may make them different learners with different needs and expectations....more >>

Spiritual Matters

What drives your life?

You are driven by something. Right now you may be driven by a problem or a deadline. You may be driven by guilt or fear or the need to impress and succeed. You think, "If I could just have that, if I could just get there, then I would be happy....more >>
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Born October 7th
1849: James Whitcomb Riley, poet.
1885: Nils Bohr, physicist whose model of atomic structure helped establish quantum theory.
1900: Heinrich Himmler, Nazi leader.
1907: Helen MacInnes, writer.
1931: Desmond Tutu, South African religious leader.
October 7th
in history
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.
1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) hijackers seize the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and demand the release of 50 Palestinians held by Israel.