Opinion

Take time to reflect on true meaning of Memorial Day

Editorials and columns

The first official holiday of the summer arrives Monday, making for a nice long weekend for many of us. While some will see this only as a time to spend time at the lake, get out on a boat or do a little grilling, all of us should take time this weekend and reflect on the true meaning of the ...

Not everything is about politics

Editorials and columns

It is no secret that I tend to lean politically conservative. Mostly because of my belief in small government and fiscal conservatism. I don’t typically spend my days thinking about political labels, like conservative, Republican, Democrat, liberal, independent, or Libertarian, and that lack ...

Mueller should expand scope of his investigation

Editorials and columns

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Manning punishment doesn’t fit the crime

Editorials and columns

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was ...

Trailblazer Fieger might be back

Editorials and columns

The first time Geoffrey Fieger ran for governor in 1998, he ran as an outsider, a.k.a. non-career politician. This was long before the notion of electing somebody without hands-on government experience became fashionable with an electorate that eventually became disenchanted with those ...

Is this the nicest place in America?

Editorials and columns

So is Alpena, or any other community in Northeast Michigan, the nicest place in America? Reader's Digest is hold a "Nicest Place in America" contest and there are three weeks left to send in your nominations if you think your community in Northeast Michigan is the nicest place in America. ...

Super sleuthing solves grave marker mystery

Editorials and columns

Everyone loves a good mystery, especially one with a satisfying ending. Recently two infant gravestones from the 1800s were unearthed while doing landscaping at a home on State Avenue. While the date of birth and death were listed on the stones, as well as sweet sentiments, neither marker ...

Nature trail not a personal dumping ground

Letters to the Editor

To the outstanding citizen that chose to use the Hamilton Road Nature Trail as your personal dumping ground: How did it feel to get caught? Did you enjoy picking it all up? How much will it cost you in fines? Assume it will be more than what it would have had you taken care of it responsibly. ...

Editorials turned out to be more of the same

Letters to the Editor

I was encouraged when first reading your call for a return to respect and integrity to the political arena. I then had to assume you were only being facetious. You know, pulling a few liberal legs or perhaps rubbing some salt in our wounds. After all, you have spent the previous eight years ...

Let us all believe what we believe, be better

Letters to the Editor

A response: Marlin Goebel as a minister and because of your quiet strength you displayed as one of my favorite teachers, I imagine your "flock" holds you in high esteem. Mr. Greene, your gift of poetry is commendable and as a believer your letter begs a response. Two things I won't do. Number ...

Disappointed with lecture coverage

Letters to the Editor

As a subscriber of the Alpena News and concerned citizen, I am very disappointed that there wasn't anything in the paper about the recent presentation by chemical engineer and environmental activist Ed Timm. Because the safety of the 64-year-old pipeline at Mackinaw is at stake, any ...

A great day to be a proud American

Editorials and columns

Today is one of our favorite days for publishing local news. On this day, the eve of Armed Forces Day, we have been publishing for several years now a special salute to the men and women from across the region who are currently serving their country in the armed services. We enjoy the ...

Getting the mail from your vehicle

Editorials and columns

I received an email from a citizen this week about getting mail while remaining in your vehicle. The citizen lives on a rural road and travels various other rural roads to get to work. In their travels they witness a number of people drive across the center line onto the left shoulder of the ...

Trump should say no to Blankenship

Editorials and columns

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine ...

Moving through time in Bolton

Editorials and columns

Why Bolton? Why should I ask, why Bolton? They seem to be getting along just fine out there without me poking around asking questions. I believe my friend Dr. Charles Girard is to blame. He was a grade and high school classmate who could thread an 8mm movie projector. Clever fellow, ...

NKorea shows it isn’t open to peace talks

Editorials and columns

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim ...

Dems might want to rethink calls for investigation

Editorials and columns

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we ...