Opinion

Some thoughts on future of Alpena water/sewer

Letters to the Editor

As a lifelong resident of Alpena County, I have followed the dispute between the city and Alpena Township over water rates. I'll reserve my opinion on the matter for another time. Things to consider are the fact that the city water/sewer infrastructure is about 100 years old, and the very ...

Recent news indicates slowing economy

Editorials and columns

The Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin is one of that state’s important tourism regions. As you turn on the main road of the peninsula and drive through Sturgeon Bay — the first community you pass on the peninsula — you can’t help but notice the vacant big box not far off the highway ...

Welcome news about city-wide garage sale

Letters to the Editor

It is so nice to hear that Alpena has organized a citywide garage sale this year. Many communities downstate have been doing this for sometime. This event is a fun way to get the community together and support its members. This is planned for the weekend of June 30, 2017-July 1, 2017. For ...

Of Twitter, Chuck Barris and Sears

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ Happy birthday to Twitter, which turned 11 this week. It seems like only yesterday when people kept their meaningless thoughts to themselves, doesn't it? ∫ I will say this for Twitter, though. It's still fun to see grown adults semi-cringe when they have ...

Remember there are multiple education options

Letters to the Editor

May I respectfully remind Mr. Robert Kennedy and others that parents of non-public school students pay public school taxes. Why should they not be allowed to access resources for the welfare of their children? Parents are the primary educators of their offspring and in our democracy have ...

Transparency legislation needs to be passed

Editorials and columns

Last week the Michigan House approved a package of bills aimed to make the offices of state lawmakers and the governor more transparent to the public. The legislation now has moved to the Senate, where it is expected to be greeted less enthusiastically. Thus, we ask Senate Majority Leader ...

Write governor, AG to keep Michigan clean

Letters to the Editor

"Pure Michigan" Are these merely words or is there real muscle and integrity behind the brand? Certainly, in the next few months, the Line 5 Pipeline debate will determine just what kind of a state we really are. We, as a citizenry must demand that our State leaders uphold their fiduciary ...

Migrated legally, want others to do the same

Letters to the Editor

I was an immigrant to the U.S.A., for the privilege of migrating to this country I had to meet certain criteria. I needed a report from the RCMP stating my criminal history was clean. I needed a report from an acceptable physician stating I was in good health. I had to have an occupation that ...

Thoughts to improve our health care crisis

Letters to the Editor

I am not claiming I have all the answers to the healthcare crisis, but based on some personal experience with some of proposals, as well as borrowing some ideas from my friend Charles Peralo of beinglibertarian.com, I have come to some conclusions. They would not even require that much change ...

Accountability, transparency should be required

Editorials and columns

Not only should government transparency be expected in a democratic system, it should be required by law. Unfortunately, Michigan is one of only a handful of states in which the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Likewise, ...

Gorsuch right kind of judge for Supreme Court

Editorials and columns

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Senators need to focus Gorsuch during hearings

Editorials and columns

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Missing how the game was played

Editorials and columns

I miss a lot: I miss the way things used to be and the people who made those times the way they were. I could go on about things I miss — but so could you. There’s been a whole heap of changes hasn’t there? But though I miss the old places and old times more and more, I miss many of ...

A picture that spoke volumes

Editorials and columns

One picture is worth a thousand words and President Donald Trump proved that the other day. It's no secret that the new president and the current Michigan governor are not the best of buds. Last December, Gov. Rick Snyder stated the obvious, "I have no relationship" with Mr. Trump. Up to ...

Bergman answer during call-in concerning

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to express my concern about a response our Congressman, Jack Bergman gave during his phone-in town hall meeting on Tuesday evening. A questioner asked Bergman about his position on the President's proposed budget cuts to the EPA, NOAA and Great Lakes programs. Bergman responded ...

Proposed budget is just that, proposed

Editorials and columns

IF all of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts were to take effect unchanged, the result would be devastating to Northeast Michigan. BUT that will not be the case, as now begins the lobbying and negotiating efforts to determine what stays, what goes and what changes. And while ...