‘Big Jer’ answers my call on phone scammers

‘Big Jer’ answers my call on phone scammers

So, as a highly paid and influential member of our local community I get hit up a lot. Locals “friend” me on social media (I think I actually know about 30 of my almost 800 Facebook “friends”), send private messages, pictures, jokes, e-mails, cards, and letters. You all send tons of questions, answers to my […]

You can be a hit with these marketing secrets!

You can be a hit with these marketing secrets!

As a member of the human race blessed to live in these here United States, you are bombarded with thousands of marketing pitches every day. On TV, radio, billboards and whenever you log on to your favorite website, social media forum or check your e-mail, marketers of all stripes are vying for your attention. (Actually, […]

It’s Back To School Time! (So, help us support your kids)

It’s Back To School Time! (So, help us support your kids)

Holy Readin’, Writin’, and ‘Rithmeticin’, Batman! How did school days creep up on us so quickly? Must have been some sort of time/space displacement phenomenon due to the total eclipse of the sun or something. Truly, I hope you all had fun-filled, productive summers. I, on the other hand, personally achieved nothing positive this summer. […]

Icky-poo! Yuckies on grocery carts

Icky-poo! Yuckies on grocery carts

I want to take this time to personally thank reader Karen S. for ruining my entire day. Before reading her e-mail, I was happy as a clam knee deep in muck; happy as a duck in water; happy as a pig in — well, you get the picture. Then I read her e-mail. As I […]

It is really time to support local businesses

It is really time to support local businesses

For years now we have all read of the demise of newspapers. And, while daily newspapers are floundering, there is actually growth in the newspaper industry. Like Samuel Clemens said upon news of his passing to the great writer’s desk in the sky, “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” so too, are the […]

Closed Clarkston Cinema for sale.

Closed Clarkston Cinema for sale.

So the other week a real estate dude called our Clarkston News office and talked to one of our reporters (Jessica, I believe). The breaking news tip was, “Ye olde’ Clarkston Cinema building is for sale!” For those in Goodrich, Ortonville, Oxford and Lake Orion, the cinema selling really, sorta’, is big news. The building […]

Holy crap, I guess I am competitive!

Holy crap, I guess I am competitive!

Not to toot my own horn, but, the other week I did my part for humanity and donated a pint of blood (thank you, thank you, hugs and kisses), and in the act of squirting out the red stuff, I kinda’ came to the conclusion, gee, I am competitive. I, Donald P. (for Pugnacious) Rush, […]

Don’s irrational fear of monkeys renewed

Don’s irrational fear of monkeys renewed

For the past year or so I have been catching glimpses of the movie opening this week, War For The Planet of The Apes. (I think most folks call those glimpses “Previews,” but then again, I ain’t most folks.) The reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise has really kinda bummed me out. By the […]

There’s a stye in my eye . . . again

There’s a stye in my eye . . . again

This story begins Sept. 1, 2004. Last week I got some great news. News that had me whistling happy tunes, snapping my fingers and tapping my toes. I had a stye in my eye — left to be exact. That’s it. That is my happy news. I went to the urgent care center in Oxford, […]