Opinion

A great way to end the year

Editorials and columns

Sometimes a surprise is bad, sometimes it’s good. In the case of the ending 2016 ending budget for Alpena County, it was outstanding. During Wednesday’s Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee meeting, Treasurer Kim Ludlow told the commissioners the county ended the year ...

Taking offense with column in Advance

Editorials and columns

Mr. Bill Speer, I am a little confused about your guest editorial in the Presque Isle Advance Jan. 12 edition expressing your indignation concerning the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners decision to "no longer place minutes, notices and bids in this newspaper.” Did that ...

Obama’s self-revealing final act

Editorials and columns

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama's own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama's last acts. Two of ...

Don’t get tattoos and piercings

Editorials and columns

A news story I just read said young people are starting to have their tattoos removed and their piercings spackled over (or however it is doctors fix such things.) "Many are seeking to reverse the impulsive, perhaps keg-fueled decisions of their not-quite-lost youths," the article said. ...

Hillman boys basketball on a memorable run

Editorials and columns

Sports fans love to talk about streaks; those streaks are held in high regard. Whether individual or team, ask a fan of a particular sport and they likely can tell you the most significant streak in that sport. Well in Northeast Michigan there are two streaks going right now by the same ...

Economic science on the side of Trump

Editorials and columns

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. ...

What are you willing to give up?

Editorials and columns

What are you willing to give up in order to get something you’ve never had? That is one of the greatest questions I have ever heard. I have no recollection of where I came across it and when I tried to look it up to give the rightful creator credit I wasn’t able to find the original ...

More people should behave like Kidman

Editorials and columns

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

Appreciating the gifts of the season

Editorials and columns

In this mid-January time of year we are either enjoying outdoor winter activities or holed up inside the house under three sweaters and eight blankets. Some people aren’t made for cold temperatures (me) and some people love them (my husband). There is always something new and exciting to ...

Snapshot of who House members are

Editorials and columns

The 98th session of the Michigan Legislature commenced this past week as 42 new House members joined their 106 "veteran" colleagues as they begin the work of doing the people's business, as they like to say. But who are these legislative people who must tackle the other people's ...

Charter schools should face same scrutiny

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to you in regards to the article ‘Lawmakers may repeal state’s school intervention law.’ With the new appointment of Betsy DeVos for the Secretary of Education position in Trump’s cabinet, I have to wonder more about charter schools. Betsy DeVos is a believer of not only ...

Removing public notices hurts citizens

Editorials and columns

Editor’s Note: Doug Caldwell is president of the Michigan Press Association and publisher of the Petoskey News-Review. Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives began its 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue … rolling back Michigan’s income ...

Politics trumps human life and suffering

Letters to the Editor

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including four million children, without the security of health coverage. Millions of people who purchase their own insurance would see an increase in their ...

Manson treated better than veterans

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that a nation like the United States of America, being so full of "patriotic minded" citizens, a mass murderer such as Charles Manson, gets infinitely better medical care than our veterans do? Talk about a mass example of hypocrisy. Steve Hatley Alpena

The custom of attending church

Editorials and columns

Did you know that Jesus went to church? Luke tells us in chapter 4 that it was His "custom" since He was a child to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Obviously, he kept this custom as an adult as well. He regarded the temple as holy, where His Father lived. People speak disparagingly ...

Trump, unemployment and auto show

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … * Sorry, Trump doesn't get to get away with the same sleight-of-tongue tricks he did during the election. He's going to be president in a few days. The bar is higher now. That means he doesn't get to call news he doesn't like "fake news." (The truth is we don't ...

Challenge us; don’t coddle us

Editorials and columns

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...