Opinion

Concept of a free press, real or illusion

Letters to the Editor

My lifetime has taught me to admire, respect and love the truth that is my country. In my youth I was taught to believe that our free press is our protector and our protector will always be there to tell us the truths we need to know and understand. This is the reason the press was revered and ...

Thankful for those who perform thankless jobs

Editorials and columns

On Friday night the unthinkable happened. Almost all of Alpena lost their municipal water supply. At about 11 p.m., I received a text from a co-worker asking if we had any change in water pressure as their faucets were only letting out a trickle. I was reading so I got up to check. Our water ...

Plaza Pool an investment worth the cost

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena Plaza Pool at the senior high school is a valuable asset to the community and I am so glad it's here. Otherwise, I'd be curled up in my recliner watching the days to by and all the time steadily growing stiffer and weaker. Actually the Plaza Pool's simple “water walking” ...

Communication still key in preventing teen suicides

Editorials and columns

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Gov’t retiree health care getting cut?

Editorials and columns

Here we go again. While most folks look forward to the holiday season with great warmth and anticipation, certain public employee unions do not because it seems every time this time of the year rolls around, House Republicans are fixing to chill the warmth and kill the anticipation. Years ...

Gas prices higher than we’ve seen lately

Editorials and columns

Will the price of gasoline impact your Thanksgiving travel this week? A variety of circumstances have left gas prices the highest they have been in three years for the Thanksgiving week. Friday, the lowest gas we could find in the immediate Alpena area was $2.65 a gallon. The state average ...

Health department billboards inappropriate

Letters to the Editor

Perhaps you recently noticed the disturbing "Get it and Forget it" billboards promoting two methods of contraception. One was a picture of an IUD and the other was Nexplanon, which is an "etonogestrel implant" in the arm. I met with a Personal Health Director at Health Dept. No. 4 about ...

A debate-free Thanksgiving to enjoy

Editorials and columns

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. When Thursday rolls around it will be one of those rare opportunities when both my sons and their families will join my wife and I under one roof. I expect the day will be spent with lots of laughter from the three granddaughters, lots ...

Things I’m not thankful for at all

Editorials and columns

Before we all humbly give thanks next week, I'd like to get a few things off my chest. Here are a few things I'm not thankful for: ∫ Whose genius idea is behind the open/close buttons on elevators? Am I the only one who isn't mentally quick enough to pick the right one when someone says, ...

We need news source from left for perspective

Letters to the Editor

With reference to Carolyn Medland Nov. 4 letter: The problem of "fake news" did not begin in this decade. It is an integral part of the news and opinion business, and can only be neutralized by sound education and vigorous debate. Unfortunately, a substantial portion of public opinion ...

Republican tax cuts will only help the rich

Letters to the Editor

Republicans are working behind closed doors in a partisan way to create a tax plan that hurts working families in all 50 states. It contains across-the-board tax cuts for the wealthy: 1) lowering the top individual tax rate, 2) repealing the estate tax, which helps only 5,200 of America’s ...

Re-examing stewardship

Editorials and columns

Few topics bring such grunts and groans around the church like that of stewardship. No one, of course, likes their possessions and their wallets attacked. For too long there has been in the church a strong correlation between stewardship and the raising of money for the operation of a local ...

Farewell to Alpena

Editorials and columns

It is early Sunday morning as I am typing this. I can see pickups driving down the road with big hauls of wood. Looking over the lake, I see the smoke from chimneys dancing angrily in the wind. I drive around the corner near the gas station on Hubbard Lake to spot the Stone Bar Grill and the ...

Republicans tax plan is simply self-serving

Letters to the Editor

Republicans are racing to push through a tax bill before Americans can digest it. It is supposed to provide middle class relief. The centerpiece is a new, big standard deduction. But the problem is the bill both gives and takes away from middle and low-income Americans. It raises the lowest ...

Money requests fared well with state voters

Editorials and columns

The approval of millage in Alpena County for a new jail by voters this month was a trend seen duplicated across much of Michigan this year. According to information compiled by the Michigan Information and Research Service and reported by the Small Business Association of Michigan, there ...

Enjoyed play at ACT written by local playwright

Letters to the Editor

Saturday evening, Oct. 28, we went to ACT to see a play that had wonderful revues in the Alpena News and was written by a local playwright. But what really happened invited us into a cozy kitchen in Holy Hallow, Tenn. Homespun America reached out to us to make us a part of their simple, yet ...

Hamlet is not Alice in Wonderland

Letters to the Editor

Re: Diane Speer’s inexplicably glowing review of TBT’s equally inexplicable staging of “Hamlet” via Lewis Carroll, one wonders what the thought process was behind this “twist.” Ms. Speer’s feint to the contrary notwithstanding, there is no correlation or parallel or similarity ...

If you believe, then … (fill in the blank)

Editorials and columns

If you believe those linked to the 2010 deal in which a Russian company gained control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium supplies donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation out of the goodness of their hearts, we have some swamp land in Florida that may interest you. And if you believe ...

The importance of child car seats

Editorials and columns

This week I received the following question: “I have a 7-month-old and I believe they have outgrown the infant carrier car seat. I have a convertible car seat and was wondering how I am supposed to use that seat properly? Do I switch the child to forward facing as the pictures show?” ...