Opinion

Reduced funding for Meals on Wheels bad idea

Letters to the Editor

I hope that you will take to heart what I'm sharing with you This letter is to make you aware of just one issue the Alpena Senior Center is facing if the present budget gets passed in Washington, D.C. I'm referring to the reduction in funding for Meals on Wheels program. You only need to avail ...

We are the ones who can stop pollution

Editorials and columns

Today is Earth Day, a time to reflect on the natural beauty all around us. Over the years this day has been important to me, not so much because I’m a passionate environmentalist, but rather because I appreciate the importance of nature around me, and know I am blessed to live in a region ...

Some numbers to think about on Earth Day

Letters to the Editor

The average person In United States uses 551 pounds of paper each year. Imagine if you would, the distance between Portland, Ore., and Portland, Maine, some 2,043 miles .Then imagine a 12 foot high wall that very same distance. That is how much paper we use each year. Make sure you recycle ...

Oh, the ‘joys’ of air travel

Editorials and columns

Long before the recent United Airlines incident where a man was bloodied and dragged off a flight for not giving up his seat, I thought flying was the most dismal form of transportation known to man, with the possible exception of a gassy camel. But that incident certainly confirmed ...

Religion and politics mixed together forever

Letters to the Editor

In reference to the April 7 letter of Elaine Thompson, I submit that the Bible is an anthology of historical documents revealing the workings of the religious imagination at various times in history. Documents memorializing a sequence of events may be considered mythologized history or ...

It is only the beginning

Editorials and columns

It always amazed me how some people possess a natural talent when introducing themselves. Personally I feel like an awkward turtle and wonder if I am boring the poor person to death or if I am actually making some headway. I wish there was a seminar somewhere close that would teach me how to ...

Gas tax is high, but road quality isn’t

Editorials and columns

Earlier this week Americans observed “Tax Day” when state and federal income tax returns needed filed. Taxes just don’t end there obviously. For instance, think about $198 million. According to analysts at GasBuddy.com, that is the amount of taxes motorists across the country will ...

Tokyo anniversary should serve as reminder to enemies

Editorials and columns

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

Out-of-state drivers and roadside traffic bond

Editorials and columns

One question which always seems to come up is about posting roadside bond and how it is not considered a bribe for the officer. Michigan residents, who have out-of-state relatives who are stopped in Michigan, and cited, sometimes will hear that the officer kept the out-of-state driver's ...

All options need to be explored to rein in North Korea

Editorials and columns

“Gotta behave,” President Donald Trump warned North Korea this week. Also on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned Pyongyang that “the era of strategic patience is over.” During the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telephoned Chinese leaders to talk about tension ...

Knowing what I don’t know

Editorials and columns

How can I know what it is I don’t know? I don’t mean I should know anything I don’t know now, only know what it is I don’t now know so I can anticipate and get a jump on things by learning what it is I need to know. I’m having trouble though. There is a barrier of time between ...

Hats off to ACC nursing program for accreditation

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Alpena Community College’s nursing program for receiving accreditation. The achievement is noteworthy and provided college teachers, administration and students a reason to smile this week. Make no mistake, receiving accreditation is a huge achievement. Accreditation ...

Garden club supports March for Science

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena Garden Club supports the April 22 March for Science. As members of the Alpena Garden Club our mission is to work toward the beautification of the city and to educate others in the care of plants. We are 55 members strong who plant and maintain many city gardens. Using science from ...

HUNT has positive impact on region

Editorials and columns

When a community suffers from a drug problem, it’s like an octopus whose tentacles reach far and wide. Naturally the problem impacts the user, and abuser. But the problem also often impacts relationships with a spouse or friend, impacts parenting skills, affects employment and, in some ...

A secular country from the start, seriously?

Letters to the Editor

Elaine Thompson, it's obvious by the crumbling of our culture that our country is becoming more and more secular but it's also obvious you didn't do your homework on the founders of the country and it's obvious of your disdain for Christians. Founding father, John Adams, "I will avow that I ...

An event-filled date in history

Editorials and columns

If you go back far enough in time, you can find interesting/noteworthy/important events on most dates. But today's date in history seems to be chock full of interesting events. It doesn't seem like it has been three years, but in 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 female students in ...

Community needs to show support for TBT

Letters to the Editor

I am writing on behalf of Thunder Bay Theatre, Northeast Michigan and Alpena's only year-round professional theatre. Jeffrey Mindock, Artistic Director for the organization, attended the City Council Meeting to discuss the Theatre's overwhelming growth in the past three years and the new ...