July 24, 2017 | 01:30 PM
I did some time with John in LCJ while he was awaiting trial. I couldn't possibly say enough good things about the guy. He was the only one who showed compassion for the pain and suffering I went through during my first week of being incarcerated and with out the medications that I had been prescribed and dependent upon for many years. He helped me through a truly difficult time. He was a very kind, intelligent, well mannered, and helpful man. It's a shame to hear he will have to serve some of the last years of his life in prison.
Moving wall (Thomas R Gregson)
July 14, 2017 | 09:41 PM
Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He was very proud and wanted to support his country. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. We all loved him!
Kathleen (Meikle) Smith
comment on the above editorial
July 14, 2017 | 08:34 AM
I appreciate your editorial and all the coverage from The Moving Wall visit. My one concern is that you state "Standing in full view of the 58,000 plus names of those who died is nothing less than emotionally charged and deeply moving." How do you honor the "plus" names. There are exactly (new names not screened on The Moving Wall until this winter), as of right now there are 58,315 names inscribed on that wall and every one should be honored and not just pointed out as plus, the 58,000 plus. We must remember the past or as they say we will be condemned to repeat it. Forget no one from this tragic war. There are veterans still dying from the wounds they received in battle. Remember them all! 58,315 Thanks for the space.
July 13, 2017 | 09:08 PM
Like all of us who knew Tom, I, too, get chills every time I find his name on the moving wall. What a beautiful, heartbreaking story.
Lynn Schuneman Shlom
June 25, 2017 | 08:19 PM
I to had a similar accident with a mower cutting a like my dog was staked to. He was attached to a line fastened to a stake screwed into the ground. He suddenly ran in front of the mower and the line was cut, yanking the harness off of him and wrapping it around the mower blade! Fortunately he wasn't injured and didn't run off. Obviously not a good idea to do this with your dog! Wondering what Brinkley's cause of death was ?
June 22, 2017 | 10:51 PM
Praise Jesus Christ!
June 22, 2017 | 08:12 PM
My grandson was born at 26 weeks gestation only 1 pound 7 ounces. We put Fr. Solanus Casey's Relic in his bed while in the NICU and he recovered from the many medical obstacles he was challenged with. He is now 10 years old.
My son's miracle
June 21, 2017 | 11:23 AM
My son was seriously injured in a accident in 1975. Someone put a scaptula on him in intensive care. It had Father Casey on it. He was miracularsly healed. I feel Father Casey had a intervention with Roy.
Punta Gorda Florida
your search for tyre
June 21, 2017 | 07:52 AM
I sent an email to you regarding how to find more areas mentioned in "The Thumb Pointed Fingers" but it failed to send. If you go to my website - firstname.lastname@example.org, you will see a section "where it happened" and it will show a tour. Course, you've already been to Tyre but maybe, in the future, you might take another road trip with the tour info. Thanks for the write-up.
Light and soft
May 17, 2017 | 12:16 PM
Some one called me about 5 moth a go
About my Grandson being in jail
I just told them my grandson was 12
And don't ever call me again. There
Phone went down so fast.
May 05, 2017 | 06:16 AM
So love hearing about all of our kids accomplishments, and the wonderful little town of Dryden we live in! Kevin Kissane, thank you for all the great memories your giving us parents with your great photography!
ASA Berlin 66-69
April 25, 2017 | 07:38 PM
Your article was great, worked for the same group.
April 23, 2017 | 04:57 AM
I admire your interest points in preparing youth for the workplace and would appreciate joining your movement towards transfer of knowledge from Retired employees to the youth.
No Reason Absentee ballots
April 20, 2017 | 01:34 PM
As a Clerk in my community for over 24 years, I have served on numerous committees to encourage election law change to permit "NO REASON" absentee voting. Voters do not want to lie to get an absentee ballot and this change is long overdue!
Northville Township, Michigan (Wayne
March 17, 2017 | 07:59 PM
This sounds like he is trying to turn this medical marijuana into a factory market. And that's not what it's about. If he's has his hands In a tobacco market he shouldn't be allowed to try to play this as a "creating jobs" deal. It just sounds like he's in it for all the wrong reasons, medical marijuana is supposed to be a helpful alternative to pharmaceutical, heavy drug use alternative, cancer treatment alternative. It's supposed to be grown and purposes with good intentions. Sure turn it into a grow opportunity, job opportunities, use the income as Colorado has and this town will go places. Lower taxes on the people and tax the medical marijuana and watch profits come in. There's more grounds to learn on this matter. More economical opportunities to lower city taxes and watch the people be willing to buy medical marijuana and see the financial increase storm in. Put the money towards roads, schools, homeless, rebuild Lapeer on the revenue of mmj.
March 17, 2017 | 07:13 PM
I live in Rich Township, 1/4 mile from a medical marijuana farm in Tuscola County. The smell is HORRIBLE in the fall time, when it ripens. It smells similar to skunk, only far worse. We cannot even open our doors and windows when the wind is blowing from the west. Please take in consideration what the neighbors will have to put up with.
March 16, 2017 | 10:25 AM
March 14, 2017 | 10:41 AM
I grew up in Imlay City when John Topie Worked at Coserelli's party store. He didn't treat myself or my friends good at all. He acted like he was better than us. Times sure have changed.
March 03, 2017 | 06:14 PM
I am proud to call John my Brother in Law. Part of rehabilatation is contrition. John has admitted his guilt. We get second chances in this country. John will not relapse when he is released. The pain that caused his addiction has been cured. Miracles do happen. May God continue to bless my Brother!
February 24, 2017 | 11:39 AM
I knew John and his family for sixteen years while I was a principal, teacher, and coach in the Imlay City school system. He was, and I'm sure still is, a wonderful friend and father and exceptionally honorable man. I encourage the judge to take that into account when John's sentencing comes up. He's suffered enough. Please give him and his family his life back. Thank you.
February 24, 2017 | 11:34 AM
Mr. Topie is not only a great teacher but a great man as well. Yes he made a mistake, a mistake that will haunt him for the rest of his life, but it's not just his fault, if he had not been given pills this would have never happened. All Dr's are about money now a days and it makes me sick. This man has committed a crime, yes I get that, but in my eyes and I'm sure in others eyes as well, he has paid his time for his crime. He knows what he has done wrong and is beating himself up more than any of u can imagine. Remember what they say, dont judge a book by its cover. Mr. Topie has done more good over the years than he has done bad. If the judge has a heart or any sense at all he'd see this and give Mr. Topie time served. Best Of luck Mr. Topie
February 24, 2017 | 10:03 AM
Is there a way to call or contact the judge as a form of petition? Many people know John and would support this I think.
February 24, 2017 | 01:04 AM
Tears are rolling down my face as I read this article... I pray that the woman at the pharmacy has not been too traumatized by the actions of this mans darkest days. I hope that she has received any counseling she may need too as I could imagine she was terrified. I hope she is able to find it in her heart to forgive him, if she hasn't already. It is so sad and shocking to read that this has happened to someone so late in their life. It just goes to show that addiction does not discriminate as it knows no age, race, reglion, or gender.
I pray for his sentence to be time served. In addition to some time in a reputable rehabilitation center, as I have heard that it is easier for addicts to get drugs in them as well... May all those involved receive the support, care, and love they could ever need.
February 23, 2017 | 11:53 PM
He did a crime he should be charged to fullest penalty. He should rot there in jail for what he did and what the effects he did to the people at that pharmacy. Shouldn't of thought twice before what you did. It doesn't matter what you all did before the crime. You need to pay for what you did. If you can't do the time, you shouldn't of done the crime.
John Topie Sentencing
February 23, 2017 | 11:22 PM
John stayed at our home in CT for several months while his wife Louise worked with my wife in programs educating young children. John was a wonderful, sincere, loving and most dedicated family man, and clearly a man of significant accomplishments, as summarized in this very well written article. He touched many peoples lives in a positive and constructive way. I knew him before his major back surgery and his dependency on these doctor prescribed drugs. Falling prey to excessive medications prescribed by doctors (the doctor knows best) is a sham by the medical profession. John should be released from incarceration ASAP (he has more than dearly paid for his crime), be returned to his loved ones, and given the opportunity to once again contribute positively to society. That is the least we can do as a civilized, caring, compassionate and understanding country....
Pembroke Pines, FL
February 23, 2017 | 09:07 PM
This is just ridiculous. He is not a criminal, he is a good person that was given an addictive drug after following dr.'s orders. The medical professionals need to be accountable for this, not the patient. His addiction took over and he did what he did. He has done his time and needs to be released to help others in the same situation.
February 23, 2017 | 04:58 PM
I do feel that addicts need help but many don't make threats nor commit robberies. Thinking he thought this out well
I'm wondering what this writer would have written if it was a young black man?
February 23, 2017 | 03:32 PM
I do not know John Topie, but I am related to someone like him. One of my fears is that someday my family member will be sitting in jail, but no one will rise up to defend him. My family member used to be a good friend and good member of the community. Then an injury, multiple surgeries and multiple pain meds. The medical community needs to be held accountable and find better ways to manage pain safely. It is not only ruining the people taking the drugs, it's ruining whole families and ultimately, communities.
Family member of an perscription drug addict