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       This is the place for readers to find the stories about both Jonathan Raines, a tough detective in Detroit during the 1930s, and equally rugged West Texas lawman Johnny Madrid, plus other memorable  characters in novels featuring a variety of historical settings. 

This also is the place for Just Yesterday, a column devoted to interesting local historical tales, and little known facts about the people who settled Bay City and the State of Michigan.  There also is My Times, a column with comments on current news events with a historical perspectives.    You can stop at the Writer's Desk for helpful tips on writing that paper, newsletter, article, or even the great American novel.

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Pecos Moon By Tim Younkman
If I Die Again By Tim Younkman
Detroit 32 By Tim Younkman

My Times

Just Yesterday

  I’ve said this before, during the last Presidential election, that holding primary elections as if they were general elections is just plain wrong—and should be unconstitutional.

   We’ve been witnessing the fruits of the current election process, which are unending, relentless, boring for the most part, and just plain wasteful.

   I don’t know how all of this got started.  I heard a story where a presidential primary was held a century ago when Robert Taft was battling Theodore Roosevelt for the Republican nomination and eventually Roosevelt formed his own political party.

   It was a waste of time then and certainly is one now.

   Why should our tax dollars and all of the election facilities of every county in just about every state of the Union except Iowa be used free of charge by the political parties to hold their primaries?

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      I Recall the Lesson of Goose Lake
   It was 45 years ago this weekend when 200,000 or more mostly young people arrived (some say invaded) a patch of land alongside Goose Lake in Jackson County.   Labeled “Michigan’s Woodstock” because it was a giant rock festival fashioned after the 1969 mega-rock festival in upstate New York.

   The Goose Lake Rock Festival was about one-third smaller in attendance, although it was pretty much at capacity; some who attended both noted it was much better as far as infrastructure.

   There was a large crew of security hired to keep order, while a Michigan motorcycle gang arrived offering its services but organizers declined the help noting the violence that occurred at the end of 1969 at the Altamont Rock Festival in which one person was murdered by a member of the Hell’s Angels gang.

   What was more striking for me at Goose Lake was how well organized and relatively safe the place was for the four-days of the gathering.

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