Opinion

We stand for the First Amendment, defend the truth

Editorials and columns

The First Amendment — free speech and freedom of the press — is more important than ever before. So said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow as she sat with Alpena News editors this week during a visit to Northeast Michigan. Stabenow, in discussing civility in politics and the tone in ...

Take time to try new things, even scary ones

Editorials and columns

Sometimes I agree to do something before thinking it all the way through. My mom is likely chuckling right now because she probably recalls telling me repeatedly as a child, “Think before you speak.” It has been good for me in many ways, though, because it keeps my life adventurous and ...

Dispelling common myths, moving forward

Editorials and columns

Since taking this position with the Convention & Visitors Bureau more than five years ago, there are a handful of recurring myths we address for visitors and local residents. Where these myths came from or how they continue to be perpetuated is unknown. Myth 1: Northeast Michigan has ...

Space Force is silly, but points to a flaw

Editorials and columns

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

On the wall: The swamp strikes again

Editorials and columns

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Hunters will adjust to the new bait ban

Editorials and columns

A new day has dawned for Michigan hunters. Action taken by state Natural Resources Commission members Thursday means that 2018 will be the last hunting season where hunters in the Lower Peninsula can hunt over bait. Beginning Jan. 31 of next year, only hunters who are disabled will be ...

What happened to our once great county fair? 

Editorials and columns

I have heard some of the community complaints about the size of the carnival and other issues with the fair. I’ve heard people ask, “What has happened to our once-great county fair?” I (or my children) have been exhibiting at this fair for 50 years. It is in my heart and blood. I ...

The Thanksgiving dinner of doom

Editorials and columns

People who have read my column for a long time often ask me if I make up the stories I tell about my family, especially the lovely, yet formidable, Marcia. For instance, I once wrote about the day she phoned me at work and said, frantically, “Hehp eee!” “What’d you say?” I ...

Parenting 101

Editorials and columns

When I close my eyes, I can still hear him crying. I’d scoured the baby books for advice and tried every trick they offered up. Nothing worked. After eight long months of effort, my firstborn simply would not go to sleep anywhere but in my arms. It was sweet and all, but I couldn’t ...

City Band hits a high note at 100 years of music

Editorials and columns

For 100 years, the “sounds of music” have filled the air of Alpena. For 100 years, men and women who share the passion of making music have volunteered their time and talent to Alpena’s City Band. Today’s band is an interesting blend of young and old. Yet, whether a member has ...

Loud motorcycle exhausts not exempt

Editorials and columns

I have been asked more times than I can count about why motorcycles are allowed to have such loud exhaust systems. For those of us who are not motorcycle enthusiasts, it can be very hard to appreciate the roar of a Harley-Davidson, or any other brand of motorcycle, rumbling down the road. It ...

There is a solids basis for political action

Editorials and columns

Much that constitutes the affairs of man floats without direction — only after a swirl is there any chance of it congealing. More and more this unsettled manner serves to define our politics and the discharge of our business. Where can one look for guidance to a smoother flow? Could it ...

Manafort getting fair trial with tough judge

Editorials and columns

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial this week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

Cheers to AG who cracked down on contractor

Editorials and columns

All too often, we hear of crimes commited by people who get away with them. Sometimes they steal money by calling grandmothers and lying about grandchildren being in trouble. Other times, they take money for home improvements, then never show up to do the work. Well, good for West Virginia ...

‘Milk’ products do need a label crackdown

Letters to the Editor

As a proud dairy farmer, I must respond to the Viewpoint, “Milk Crackdown: Why?”. Every year, our farm hosts hundreds of school children and parents and every year, parents are stunned to learn that beverages labeled as some type of “milk” contain no dairy products. In fact, not to ...