Opinion

Well-deserved honor for Krawczak

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Alpena News columnist Jackie Krawczak, who recently received an “Outstanding Young Michigander” award from the state Jaycees. Krawczak, who serves as president/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, is a worthy recipient of the honor. During her tenure at the ...

Get veterans suicide prevention bill passed

Letters to the Editor

At least 20 veterans commit suicide each day. This is at least 18 percent of all suicides in the United States, keeping in mind that veterans only account for 8.5 percent of the population. When veteran’s mental health issues are not addressed, many social problems can ensue including ...

April snowstorm not to be forgotten

Editorials and columns

It takes a special person to call Up North home. This past weekend was one reason — albeit a major one — of why that is true. It isn’t everyone who can mentally deal with a constant National Weather Service winter storm warning that began at 8 p.m. Thursday and continued through 8 p.m. ...

Amazed at how quickly power was restored

Letters to the Editor

This letter is to commend the Alpena Power Company for their exemplary service during the past and perhaps, more importantly, during the recent inclement weather on Saturday, April 14. Our electricity went out in the early morning hours ... we went into the survival mode because we ...

If we have 52 states what happens to our flag?

Editorials and columns

In September 2014, Scotland held a referendum for independence from the United Kingdom that ultimately was defeated by almost 400,000 votes. Leading up to the vote, there was some trepidation that if it had succeeded then other regions in Europe would hold similar votes. Then Brexit ...

We need to make Trump follow the rules

Letters to the Editor

It's extremely important to understand why our democracy is a miraculous treasure. After a revolution against a king's tyranny, our Founding Fathers wanted a country where laws, not a man's personal whims, would rule our decisions. That means no man is above the law, not even a ...

Nothing to like about April snow

Editorials and columns

The weather in Michigan this April has made just about everybody crazy. After five long months of winter glop already, a sixth seems like some kind of sick punishment. Everyone is tired of it. Except for the incessantly positive people, of course. I ran into one of these ridiculous ...

TBTA’s action put a price on grandchildren

Letters to the Editor

I have complained, fumed and vented enough. Did you know that there is a value on your children's lives? It's $32. That's the value that Thunder Bay Transportation/Dial-A-Ride has put on my grandchildren's lives. My grandchildren, ages 5-7-9, had been riding Dial-A-Ride from Wilson School ...

Tending the flock

Editorials and columns

In the Roman Catholic liturgical and lectionary calendar, the fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, and in the Gospel for this Sunday — April 22, 2018 — we hear Jesus describe himself as the good shepherd who willingly lays down his life for his sheep (John ...

Good luck to area teams at world championship

Editorials and columns

While it may seem like “old hat” to many of us, it is anything but for several Alpena High School students who return to the FIRST Robotics World Championship. Alpena Team 5505, V2 Robotics, walked away from the state championship last weekend with more than enough points to quality it ...

Real thing always better than supplements

Letters to the Editor

Common healthcare treatments recently unraveled as several universities disproved conventional wisdom surrounding cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Intrigued by research proving persons who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer and get less cancer, University of Colorado sought to ...

Workshop about Lake Huron fishery Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

The Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association is working with the Michigan Sea Grant and Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee to bring a Lake Huron Fisheries Workshop to Rogers City on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center located at 131 Superior Street. ...

Rules when workers are present

Editorials and columns

With spring weather upon us, it means the road construction season is right around the corner. At a presentation, I was asked, “What does ‘workers present’ mean in construction zones? Is it the immediate area workers are in, or is the speed zone in effect the rest of the work zone ...

Syria, Russia not being honest about chemical weapons

Editorials and columns

Syrian officials insist they did not use chemical weapons against civilians on April 7. Russian and Iranian leaders back them up. One Russian official accused the United States, England and France of having an ulterior motive for their missile attack on Syria last week. It was an attempt to ...

Media misses chance for tough questions

Editorials and columns

During this election year one of the most critical assignments for political reporters is to grill candidates who are running for this office or that. After all if they don't ask issue questions, how will a hapless voter have enough information to pick the most qualified office ...

How to make an entrance

Editorials and columns

Have you been spending time thinking of things you used to do — things you’d like to do again but can’t or won’t? I have. Tom Brindley’s recent column about small town movies and small town dreams together with our community’s discussion of projected changes to the old Maltz, ...

Selection of editorial cartoon was poor taste

Letters to the Editor

Whosever decision it was to publish the editorial cartoon in the commentary section on April 4, 2018, should have taken a moment to think about the message they were aiming to get across. The young people in our community, and nationwide, are looking to adults to be partners in solving the ...