ARRRRG! I hate politics, governments, et al

I can tell this is gonna be a rough period in my life. I can see into the future and behold a time of turmoil, grief and — oh yes, election time politics. I hate politics. I don’t trust, admire or really like politicians and their bureaucratic brethren who run government. I also feel very […]

Sometimes questions need asking

As the presidential debates ended last week (thank goodness), I’d like to say this: Debate is good. The free exchange of information is good, even if the information is bad. Bad is good? How can this be? How can bad information be good for folks? Well, easy (in some skewed sense of logic possessed by […]

It’s all the rage: cumalitive voting

I didn’t believe it when I watched a local FOX News video. It had to be a joke. And, I guess it still could be — but the more I looked into it, the more information I found to back up that ‘one-man, one-vote? could be a thing of the past. So the story went, […]

It’s all the rage: Cumalitive voting

I didn’t believe it when I watched a local FOX News video. It had to be a joke. And, I guess it still could be — but the more I looked into it, the more information I found to back up that ‘one-man, one-vote? could be a thing of the past. So the story went, […]

An old rivalry renewed

‘They (Lake Orion) got a big, physical, tough group of kids — kids who don’t like Oxford.? — Oxford football Coach Bud Rowley, November 2, 1983 Natural geographic rivals for years, the last time Oxford played Lake Orion in a real game of football was November 4, 1983. It was the final game of that […]

Fake parties, skeeters and vote horders, oh my

Just last week I ranted — and yes, it was a rant so I won’t try to make it sound pretty. Well, maybe rant is prettying it up . . . okay, I whined about the newest sensation in American fairness — cumulative voting. If you didn’t read it (shame on you), the gist was […]

‘Wild Night Out? a record night for conservancy

It was cold and blustery night outside, but last Friday night’s ‘Wild Night Out? was anything like dreary. The bidding was hot and furious for the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy’s 4th annual benefit auction. ‘It looks like we brought in $29,000,? NOHLC Executive Director Katie Anderson said on Monday. ‘It was a record night […]

Extreme pumpkin carving

There came a point in time when Tom Nardone had had enough. Something he loved as a child had morphed into something obscene and alien. What he saw offended him. I’m not saying Tom snapped, cracked, broke down, freaked out or even cried like a girly man. No. Like all good men who see something […]

The Glutenator strikes and Dinner Divas

Every so often a book gets mailed to me at the office. Writers, publishers, agents all seeking the same thing . . . publicity for some literary work. Usually I read the first few pages, close the book, put it on a shelf and forget about it. Sometimes it’s a local author and I’ll read […]

Hey, plants have feelings, too

Mr. Smarty Pants, Don Rush, only received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for Local Column Writing. The judges only said of Rush’s efforts: ‘These columns on local issues and people strike a chord with the reader.? Despite his lackluster performance in writing, Rush has taken the week off. […]