Opinion

Questions about police jurisdiction

Editorials and columns

I received an email with the following questions: “I live in the township of Alpena but work within the city limits. My question is whether or not the State Police have any jurisdiction within the city limits. “Whenever I see troopers responding to an accident or conducting a traffic ...

Happy DARE Day

Editorials and columns

Today is DARE Day in Alpena, a celebration of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs that aim to teach our kids the best ways to live lives that are free from drugs, violence and other dangers. According to the DARE website, the program was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and now ...

To use data for good, we need good data

Editorials and columns

Something big is about to happen. It has been hotly anticipated, long-awaited, and is sure to please fans and followers when it comes out later this month. No, I’m not talking about the 2019 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book (although I probably should be!). “Avengers: Endgame” will ...

Dear drivers: That text can wait for a bit

Editorials and columns

Not a single text message, Instagram post, Facebook Live video, or anything else you might find on your smartphone is worth your life or the life of anyone else. So put the phone down while you’re behind the wheel. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Michigan State ...

Peeling back layers of time

Editorials and columns

It appears the proposition our lives are laid down in layers can be reasonably advanced. It’s not so dissimilar to the accretion of dust, silt, and the remains of plants and organisms in layers of sediment. When uncovered, they reveal their contents and serve to define the age in which those ...

A well-deserved award and a welcome surprise

Editorials and columns

Julie Riddle recently brought us the news of Dick Nowak, honored by the Presque Isle Township Board of Trustees with the annual Les Nichols Award for Nowak’s efforts to re-establish the township’s fire department. We echo the sentiments of township Clerk Cynthia Paavola, who said the ...

Hillman band program a worthy endeavor

Editorials and columns

In a recent story, Julie Goldberg told us how Hillman Elementary School turned $20,000 in donations into plastic band instruments for students to try before they head into the more formal band program in middle school. Grants from Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op and the Community ...

Don’t hold the state budget hostage for roads

Editorials and columns

I have followed Michigan’s road woes closely and have written a number of pieces this year about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed increase in the state’s gas tax. And, just as all of us would have expected, there has been a lot of talk thus far from all sides of the issue, but little ...

Celebrate our local health care system

Letters to the Editor

Since I began my medical career 50 years ago, I have been puzzled and fascinated by the process of healing. How do people find their way through a forest of pain, separation, and loss of ability, to regain confidence, good humor, and hope for the future, even when confronting only limited or ...

Reporters do get to have fun, sometimes

Editorials and columns

Battle Creek, my home town, hosts an annual air show and hot-air balloon festival called Field of Flight. It’s a bigger event even than the yearly Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table (Battle Creek is home to the Kellogg Co. and Post Co.). Every dawn and dusk for five ...

Trump just wants to look like a hero

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts for 2019 included a 90 percent cut for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Trump had proposed drastic cuts for this program in his 2017 and 2018 budgets, but the program was saved by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Trump and Bergman know these cuts ...

Use common sense on fire risks

Editorials and columns

With mild weather predicted to return to the region early next week, more people will again be heading outdoors and doing spring yard work. That being the case, Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials urge residents to be cautious when lighting any fires outside in the weeks ...

Harrisville a good community, good people

Letters to the Editor

The good people of Harrisville (and they are very good) do not need to recall anyone, as they do a fine job here in this community. We also should have respect for the right to not have a meddlesome person like Mike Westfall bloviating all over the Alpena paper. Do you realize anyone that ...

Sustaining people, planet, profit

Editorials and columns

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. reports that, for every $1 spent on Pure Michigan marketing, $10.79 returns to the state in tax revenues. One out of every 16.5 workers in Michigan is supported by tourism. Overnight leisure travel generates the most significant tourism impact. Food and ...

Yes, I am in favor of legalizing marijuana

Letters to the Editor

I am in favor of the legalization of cannabis. I personally know several people who have benefited from the use of cannabis in different forms for a variety of health issues, pain from bone cancer, migraine headaches, pain and swelling in the knees and pain from MS, also chronic back pain ...

What are we doing to protect elections?

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water… ∫ Best moment of the week: Seeing the first-ever image of an actual black hole 55 million lightyears away. How amazing was that? That’s the kind of thing that restores my faith in humanity. We can be really, really smart and cool when we want to be. ∫ One ...

We need more of Alpena’s finest around here

Letters to the Editor

This evening, I was on my way back from shopping in Alpena, heading back to Long Lake, when my Jeep started acting up again and then just died. Got out to look at the engine to see what was up (had no clue, just know it as my green money pit). When I looked up again, here was this person, an ...

Thanks, News, for commemorating Easter

Letters to the Editor

“By His wounds we were healed.” — 1 Peter 2:24 No gushy words. I just want to thank The Alpena News. Our world and nation is in the midst of — nay, in the throws of — a faith crisis. For a public and very widely read newspaper to commemerate what our Lord Jesus did for us on that ...

Glad to see early interest in bond proposal

Editorials and columns

A significant number of votes regarding the Alpena Public Schools bond request already have been cast, according to local election officials. As proponents and opponents try to ascertain whether that is good or bad news, one thing is evident: There is interest among voters to participate in ...