Locals speak up on local economy

Blessed with only a caveman’s grasp on any situation, I was once again amazed by the power of the community press. The other week I opined on the local economy. In a nutshell, I wrote: ‘Rugged individualism. Entrepreneurial spirit of thems in Michigan 100 years ago put us on the world’s map. Have we too […]

Locals chime in on the economy

Blessed with only a caveman’s grasp on any situation, I was once again amazed by the power of the community press. The other week I opined on the local economy. In a nutshell, I wrote: ‘Rugged individualism. Entrepreneurial spirit of thems in Michigan 100 years ago put us on the world’s map. Have we too […]

Of this and that (or not much at all)

I found it interesting to listen in on some of the discourse between United States Supreme Court Justices and solicitors for the government and the 20-odd states against what is now a ‘good? term, Obamacare. While the justices already know the outcome of the court’s decision — partially or totally, Constitutional or not — we […]

Young Master Shamus forgets to brush his teeth, but . . .

I keep being told by all the smart people that young people don’t read newspapers anymore. I guess if it ain’t electronic and entertainment driven it ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on — and since I always believe what I am told by the smart people, I guess it’s okay for me to be […]

My Space

Hey folks — check out Rush on that darned My Space thingy . . . myspace.com/dontrushmedon

Meow

Now that Walter Elias Disney’s influence on the multi-faceted corporation that bears his name is finally waning (Walt died in December, 1966), I think I have a new Disney movie plot. My movie would be called That Damn Cat! Of course, my movie would not be like one of Walt’s last, That Darn Cat! which […]

Thank you, sir

He is so young. That was what my mind contemplated just before I shook the soldier’s hand. In that nanosecond before our hands touched I didn’t really know what to say — the young man in front of me was a stranger. The people surrounding him in the park’s pavilion were his family and friends. […]

Irish Jokes

March is a time when folks start to think spring in Michigan may actually arrive. It’s also a time car dealerships and furniture stores have Irish-themed sales. There’s still snow on the ground. The air is still cold and, wouldn’t you know it, St. Patrick’s Day is here. To help all you of non-Irish descent […]

Whoopee!

Niagara Falls, Ontario. Whoopee! Boy there’s a lot going on in that town — a lot more than I remembered. Of course the last time your humble scribe visited said water attraction, he was with a group of smart-alec ninth graders from Sashabaw Junior High School — and that my friends was, as ancient Native […]

Larry Drum: Let My Son Come Home

This article was first published in October of 2005 (Part of a Series) For one man the trip to Lake Orion, Michigan, from Lake Orion has been a long one. The road Larry K Drum has taken has been hard, winding and uphill. Drum, an Eagle Scout, graduate of Lake Orion High School, member of […]