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 […]

‘Don’t try to save me, Dad.’

When I hear a sentence starting or ending with, ‘back in the good ol? days,? I automatically roll my eyes. I can’t help it, it’s instinctive. And I can honestly say the muscles that control my rolling eyes are ripped. They’re taunt and buff. They get exercised like no other muscle in my body. Longing […]

Just what’s in Flander’s Field?

Monday was Memorial Day. Now that we are all back to home and work, and since everybody else wrote about Memorial Day before Memorial Day, I thought I’d do it differently. I’ll do mine after Memorial Day! I first ran this column in 2003, and since then ? every year around this time ? some […]

‘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 […]

Petterson will run for twp. board

One thing you won’t ask after meeting Independence Township’s Mark Petterson: Mark, where’s your passion? It’s evident the 44 year old has set his sites on contributing to the Clarkston area. ‘It’s time people my age step up and do something besides complain,? Petterson said, with enthusiasm and sincere energy. Last week, Petterson announced he […]

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 […]

Petterson will run for twp. board

BY DON RUSH Assistant Publisher One thing you won’t ask after meeting Independence Township’s Mark Petterson: Mark, where’s your passion? It’s evident the 44 year old has set his sites on contributing to the Clarkston area. ‘It’s time people my age step up and do something besides complain,? Petterson said, with enthusiasm and sincere energy. […]

Hit list concerns at Clear Lake Elementary

A 10-year-old Clear Lake Elementary student is facing disciplinary action after school officials discovered he penned a ‘hit? list. According to Oakland County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin McNally, the six-name list included six classmates with the words ‘kill list? written on top. The list was in a note pad. McNally said the student, who lives in […]

Some things that have come up

As I pop in and around this community and the surrounding communities, lots of folks seek me out to give their opinions on stuff. (I haven’t figured out why they don’t ask for my opinion, though, so I am usually relegated to giving it en masse in these, the hallowed halls of Don’tRushMedom.) First, what […]

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. […]

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