Slippery when wet

Contrary to what some may believe, when it rains, the road gets wet. And, when the road gets wet, it is slippery. Ta Da! Pretty simple stuff, aye? That said, reader Diane Estes is peeved at the lack of knowledge, or the ignoring of said fact by area drivers. ‘I’ve been hit twice, rear-ended. I […]

What the Yeti’s going on?

While partaking in one of life’s little pleasures (scraping 100-square-feet of 50-year-old Linoleum off a hard wood floor with a one-inch putty knife) I had time to reflect. I had time to talk to myself. I had time to let my mind wander. I had plenty of time, because it takes a number of scrapes […]

The Great Salsa Conspiracy of 2008

Last year I was full of conspiracy theories. That was before the presidential election. Now, a changed man in a changed land, I know there are no conspiracies lurking behind every hunk of marble in Washington, DC. That said, here was my favorite conspiracy from 2008. * * * At first I didn’t see any […]

Water on my mind . . .

At ye old homestead in Goodrich, the well water ain’t that great. Lots of iron and lots of arsenic. That being the case, we tend not to drink the stuff. We buy bottled water. This past week, after we came home from a little time off on the shores of Lake Huron, I happened to […]

Coaching in the shadow of Lombardi

In about two weeks, local fans of the National Football League will get to see hometown boy-gone-pro Jim Bates, again walking the sidelines. Bates, who graduated from Oxford High School in 1964, is defensive coordinator for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises ? the Green Bay Packers. ‘Jim was in town about two weeks […]

Sign, sign everywhere a sign

When I was a wee bit younger than I am now, I used to shake my head with sadness or shake my fists in anger — I used to get upset at the sheer volume of signs screwing up our roadsides. When I was too young to drive, back before seat belts were mandatory and […]

Time for public school officials to get naked

More interesting news that all involved with public schools should read. On Sunday, the Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper reported ‘eyebrows are being raised? in Leland, Michigan. Seems there are gardens on the grounds of the Leland Public Schools — which is not what all the hubbub is about. Read on. Like most school districts […]

What? Write a column . . .

Yeah, I know, I know. Don, you said you’d write more . . . you are saying. And, you’re correct, I did say something like that. But (here comes the excuse), I am working on stuff at work, other than writing. One thing is this website. I gotta? get it more modern. I have added […]

Reporting on Suicide

My dad was never one to shirk from responsibility. The owners of this newspaper are not prone to shirking responsibility. So with all this stand-upidness around me, I’ll say this: We made a mistake. It is my fault, I should have caught and changed an article which ran in The Oxford Leader and Lake Orion […]

Health care’s “large” employers and one veteran’s opinion

Read — with interest — new US Senate verbiage about nationalized health care. What I found interesting was, as it was written, only “large” employers will get penalized for not offering health care to all its employees. The next paragraph explained what a “large employer” is. A large employer, by the way, is not big […]