Opinion

Messages might lost with too many protests

Editorials and columns

Protests are a wonderful expression of free speech that always have been part of our country’s fabric. And like all forms of speech and communication, a protest’s effectiveness depends on who is its target audience, and how the message is being shared. Such is the finding of two ...

Male touched community and will be missed

Letters to the Editor

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church a memorial/funeral was held honoring Sheriff Thomas A. Male. Tom's death was painful. He suffered this past year, and no one wanted this to happen. I remember reading Tom's obituary in the paper, and all he did to help our community ...

His success has its roots in politics

Editorials and columns

One wouldn’t necessarily think the world of politics has much to do with selling furniture. If you would have asked Alpena native Joe Gammons that question years ago he would have agreed. Not so today. “Politics actually provided a great foundation,” Gammons said of his training for ...

Helped by so many people after taking fall

Letters to the Editor

On Feb. 2, 2017, I fell on the city sidewalk near the back entrance to PNC Bank. The sidewalk was clear of ice or snow. I stubbed my toe and could not regain my balance and hit the sidewalk head first. I want to express my gratitude to tall the people who came to my aid. You kept me warm with ...

Not disappointed by mild winter

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ Saying goodbye to this bizarre and wonderful spate of warm February weather is like saying goodbye to your grown-up kids going back to college and jobs after visiting. "Bye! We'll miss you! Come back soon! Are you sure you can't stay? You don't come home often ...

We need to diligently keep an eye on DeVos

Letters to the Editor

With the recent confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education, the slogan, "Democracy is not a Spectator Sport" is more relevant than ever. Educators and parents everywhere were exasperated at the confirmation of DeVos as Secretary of Education. And now we must watchdog her every ...

Non-drug treatment is best route with back pain

Letters to the Editor

Most Americans experience back pain. Average annual medical expenditures for back pain in is $6,096, while annual medical expenditures for those without pain is $3,516. Traditional health care has initially treated all forms of back pain with pain medications; analysis of health care ...

O’Connor a good choice for Alcona superintendent

Editorials and columns

Dan O’Connor is a great selection to become Alcona Community Schools’ new superintendent once Shawn Thornton retires March 1. Meeting earlier this week in special session, the board of education agreed as well, voting 6-1 to place O’Connor into that role. Steve Yokom cast the ...

State police ‘STOP’ hood sign

Editorials and columns

As troopers, we always get the question, “What is the story with the “STOP” placard on the hood of the Michigan State Police cars?” Many people question how practical the sign really is and wonder what we even use the sign for. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite ...

Case highlights another gov’t overreach

Editorials and columns

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

Searching for what was Tony’s

Editorials and columns

A group of us were in Tony’s when folks from away came in. Back then automobile license plates were county coded. Alpena County’s code was “SX,” theirs wasn’t. The couple entered tentatively but stayed — ordered burgers and a Coke. The hamburgers arrived wrapped in wax paper, ...

Yellen says right things about regulatory burden

Editorials and columns

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Troopers’ union yells ‘foul’ on Snyder

Editorials and columns

Former President Jimmy Carter started all this way back when as he proudly announced that he would never tell a lie. And ever since, other office holders have been asked the same thing and most of them look in the camera, with fingers crossed, and reassure everyone they would never ...

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

Letters to the Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of ...

McCourt leaves impressive legacy at ACC

Editorials and columns

Bobby Allen said it best last weekend: “He was the Bobby Knight of junior college basketball.” Indeed. Just as Knight was synonymous with Indiana or John Wooden was with UCLA, Frank McCourt has been with Alpena Community College. Anyone who has attended a game at Park Arena is ...

The wisdom in taking a daily multivitamin

Letters to the Editor

A healthy diet (plant-based and matched to one’s blood type) aside, there is wisdom in taking a daily multivitamin based on 75 years of human experience … and a recent study Harvard-lead study. According to the “Physician Health Study II” there was a 8 percent reduction in those ...

Prepare for an increase in gas prices

Editorials and columns

Hold onto your wallets. The low gasoline prices we have enjoyed over the past year and a half are about to slowly disappear again. Such is the warning that comes from the analysts of Gasbuddy.com — a group that has accurately monitored gas prices and trends since 2000. I follow their ...

DeVos got where she is because of money

Letters to the Editor

It is abundantly clear to everyone that Betsy Devos is not qualified to be Secretary of Education. I think it's interesting that the only two Republican Senators who had the courage to stand up for their principles and vote against her confirmation were women. And it's very disturbing that ...