Opinion

The benefits of playing first-chair trumpet

Editorials and columns

If you ever have the opportunity to play first-chair trumpet in the Alpena High School band, I suggest you take it. I recently completed a research project, the results of which indicate a strong, positive correlation between that musical proficiency designation and perspectives having a ...

At least Trump is transparent on money moves

Editorials and columns

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

Shame that water-sewer talks failed

Editorials and columns

In Thursday’s edition of The News, staff writer Crystal Nelson reported on the failure of mediation ordered by the Michigan Court of Appeals in the ongoing water-sewer dispute between the City of Alpena and Alpena Township. That is a shame. The failure of the two sides to reach agreement ...

Fellow drivers, turn on your headlights!

Letters to the Editor

I think every 10 years people should have to take another driving test, written and on the road. I cannot believe how many people do not turn their headlights on. Before dawn, at dusk, when it’s raining or blowing snow. With the corner snow banks so high, I cannot see you when you are ...

On river booze, use Up North common sense

Editorials and columns

“North, I knew down deep, was where I belonged, north being as much a philosophy as a direction, or destination. You knew when you were there or you didn’t. Those who couldn’t feel it and embrace it generally only tried it once. You fit or you didn’t.” I always believed that passage ...

Church, business helped local stars shine

Letters to the Editor

Challenging weather conditions did not stop “Night to Shine” prom in Gaylord from throwing down the red carpet. “Night to Shine” prom is sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation, honoring those with special needs, and was hosted by E-Free Church in Gaylord. Nine of our special people walked ...

What is it really like to be a journalist, you ask?

Editorials and columns

When I first proposed to the inimitable Darby Ruth Cornelius back in 2010, I told her she shouldn’t expect me to ever make much money, because I was and — God willing — always would be a journalist, and, as a rule, we’re paid peanuts. That, as much as any other anecdote I can think ...

Romstadt shows how to be a good man

Letters to the Editor

The letter to the editor from William Romstadt in the Saturday (Feb. 2) Alpena News was inspiring was inspiring. He spoke of the young men who shoveled his driveway. Three thoughts: Mr. Romstadt found out thei rnames, as a gentleman would, so he would know who to thank, or the young men knew ...

If money can be found, Whitmer plan good for ACC

Editorials and columns

That glow coming from Johnson Street Tuesday evening was the smiles of Alpena Community College administration and trustees watching Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address. In particular, everyone had to be excited about the prospect of her suggestion that the state pay for two ...

Women need compassion, not condemnation

Letters to the Editor

“Who are these people,” demanded a recent writer (Feb. 9 edition of The News), who allow “a baby to be killed up to the day before it is BORN” and cheer legislation permitting this! Several years ago, I sat through several days of testimony in a federal case challenging a law ...

If you’re a teacher, thanks for everything

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ I posted a cartoon to my Facebook page this week of a teacher at her desk wearing a T-shirt bearing the words, “I support merit pay for politicians.” That’s funny, of course. But I couldn’t resist adding this: “I agree. And while we’re at it, let’s ...

On new abortion law, voting is our power

Letters to the Editor

Janet Tolan asks (Feb. 9 edition of The News), who are these cheering people? Legislation has just been passed to murder the infant at birth. These are the educated elite, having been educated by liberals. The are eager to display knowledge and power quickly. Experimental, green ideas, Green ...

Jesus is the treasure we should all covet

Editorials and columns

If you could have one thing to possess, what would it be? After the New England Patriots’ win in the Super Bowl over the L.A. Rams, some may be tempted to say Tom Brady “has it all.” Super Bowl rings, a supermodel wife, being one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, etc. Even a ...

When taxation hits the pavement … STOP

Letters to the Editor

Taxation will always be a part of the norm, but in recent years, wow. Locally, we consistently see entities requesting a millage for this and that. But let’s call it what it is. A financial hardship on households. I often don’t express my views, but, when I do, I like to think they are ...

Stop foreign aid, start rebuilding in America

Letters to the Editor

I refuse to believe what is happening in Washington! Am I having a nightmare? President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech was outstanding as he focused on the economy and jobs. The Feb. 7 column by Betsy MCCaughey corroborated Trump’s view on the economy. However, when the subject ...

OK, governor, let’s see your roads plan

Editorials and columns

As we listened to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer deliver her first State of the State address Tuesday night, we were paying particular attention to her mention of roads. And, while the governor certainly addressed roads — the foundation of her gubernatorial campaign — we were at first ...

Why I keep writing this column

Editorials and columns

One hundred and sixty-one. That is how many columns I have written for The Alpena News. That’s somewhere between 96,000 and 129,000 words. That’s approximately 320 hours of writing and editing. Since I began this column in 2012, I can think of a lot of other ways I could have spent those ...

Take care of each other, folks

Editorials and columns

With at least seven inches of snow on our yards long before the last 11 inches had a chance to melt off, Northeast Michigan — indeed most of Michigan and the Midwest — is once again digging itself out of Mother Nature’s heavy blanket. It can be arduous, back-breaking — even dangerous ...

Talk to your teens

Editorials and columns

In Monday’s edition of The News, reporter Julie Riddle wrote about the efforts of local groups and individuals to promote Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which happens every February. Riddle highlighted the story of a local teen who had been in an emotionally and sometimess ...

Thanks for helping us survive the cold

Editorials and columns

When my kids wake up in the morning, their first question to me is, “Do we have a snow day?” Lately, they’ve been greeted with a “yes” so many times it is now the expectation. Snow days are so exciting for kids. Oh, how I miss those days. As a parent, they take on a different ...