Opinion

Here’s hoping for a great (and peaceful) 2019

Editorials and columns

Jan. 1 marks the beginning of a new term in state, federal and local governments. New lawmakers will be sworn into seats ranging from the halls of Congress to the halls of Northeast Michigan townships. In Congress and in the state Capitol, it marks the beginning of a newly divided ...

Lighting up the holiday season

Editorials and columns

I’ve really been enjoying the articles in The Alpena News that share staff recollections of favorite holiday moments. Sharing stories like this offers a glimpse through a window into the lives of people we may not know very well, offering an opportunity to become closer as fellow members of ...

Thank you for the spirit

Editorials and columns

Beginning with Julie Goldberg’s story on Black Friday shoppers heading to the stores on Thanksgiving night, The News has continued its annual tradition of publishing daily Christmas-themed stories on its front page. As we have each year, we’ll continue to publish such stories daily until ...

Eliminating black lung disease should be priority

Editorials and columns

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Seeds laid for Whitmer-Trump tests

Editorials and columns

Rick Snyder never got there. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping she will. Gov. Snyder and President Donald Trump did not share much common ground. The president can be bombastic and is fearless when it comes to blasting those he doesnt not like. During his eight years as governor, nobody ever used ...

Your smiles are making us smile at The News

Editorials and columns

Thank you for allowing me a smile this morning. Our readers have been quite gracious to me these past weeks as many have shared how much they have enjoyed our Christmas and holiday stories. Readers were especially appreciative of the staff columns that, as one reader shared, “allowed us to ...

A good year to make journalists part of the story

Editorials and columns

I wept, with heartbreak and with pride, the day in June that a gunman killed five reporters in Annapolis, Md. From the moment I saw the Balitmore Sun’s first tweet announcing the breaking news, I knew that, unless the gunman somehow managed to murder the staff in whole, there would be an ...

Finance schools, not a border wall

Letters to the Editor

Our tax dollars should be used to improve our schools, childcare and health care, not to finance the Trump administration’s heartless, anti-immigrant policies. For example, Congress could use the $5 billion requested for a border wall to instead fund a 30-percent increase in federal aid ...

Impressive health care offered in Alpena

Letters to the Editor

We’ve all heard the expression “I had a Monday.” Well, Monday, Nov. 26 was a Monday I’ll never forget. It all began around 8:30 a.m., when I had received a call that my sister in-law of 25 years had lost her fight with cancer. She was 56. Family needs family in a time of grief, so I ...

Handle PI wind farms with caution

Editorials and columns

We are watching the wind turbine proposal for Presque Isle County very carefully, as what happens there could set the example for other proposals around the region in the months ahead. Concerned about the proposal and how it might affect them, Moltke Township residents Mike and Stefani ...

MediLodge, McWilliams take good care

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, Nov. 25, our mother, Marian Gennrich, died following complications from replacement hip surgery. There are two institutions in Alpena that merit special recognition for their part in taking care of Marian and our family. First is the Long Rapids Road MediLodge and Rehab Center. The ...

The lame-duck flurry of nonsense

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ The state House, as part its ridiculous, lame-duck flurry of nonsense, just passed a bill giving A-F letter grades to schools, which is stupid (what else would we expect from the House?). Rich districts will get great grades, poor districts will get worse ones, ...

We need guard-dog farmers on TB

Editorials and columns

In a great line from a 1973 song by Jim Croce, he described a man as “meaner than a junkyard dog.” That reference came from life experience of searching auto junkyards for parts to keep his cars running. In an interview, Croce said, “I got to know many junkyards well, and they all ...

Other Voices

Editorials and columns

Tell Snyder to veto lame-duck evils We have lost count of the atrocities perpetrated in the current lame duck session of our state Legislature. Our lawmakers unseemly behavior can only further damage the public’s confidence in our state government, which is already the least accountable and ...

Be sure to water your Christmas trees

Editorials and columns

As we enter the holiday season, there is one thing that sometimes gets ignored: the Christmas tree. They are beautiful additions for the holiday season, but can easily be forgotten. Fire safety and Christmas trees are two things that go hand-in-hand, but, on occasion, are the last thought a ...

‘Shame duck’ tradition is alive and well

Editorials and columns

Michigan residents have good reason to be cynical about our democratic process these days, as state House and Senate leadership continues its tradition of flouting accepted lawmaking practices during the “lame duck” season. Lame duck refers to the period after an election when ...

Who is 2018’s Outstanding Citizen?

Editorials and columns

Now through end-of-business on Jan. 4, the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Outstanding Citizen of the Year award, which will be bestowed upon an unsuspecting honoree (or honorees) during the chamber’s annual dinner on Feb. 7. The list of past winners is a ...

When our biggest trees moved south

Editorials and columns

Recently, an Alpena tree went south. Selected as our state’s official Christmas tree, it’s felling, loading, trucking, and placing were all accomplished smoothly in time for an official Lansing lighting — a slick operation from trunk to smallest branch. But Alpena has sent larger trees ...

Michigan’s fond connection to H.W. Bush

Editorials and columns

The first thing you noticed about George Herbert Walker Bush was that the guy was huge. There he was, dwarfing over everyone as he methodically worked a tiny hotel conference room near the Detroit Metro Airport, crammed full of Michigan GOP national convention delegates. He and they were ...