Opinion

Culture needs to change at FBI

Editorials and columns

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

Those names we call ourselves

Editorials and columns

So, what’s in a name, that something that a thing gets called or that we call ourselves? Ask Coke, it’s the real thing. Originally a patent medicine now a national brand of soda with a line of apparel. Coke says: “Taste the Feeling” — which makes the point — a name is what we make ...

Politics shouldn’t always be bottom line

Editorials and columns

Politics, especially the vicious, power-driven variety practiced in Washington, sometimes tends to blur ethical lines. There is nothing like feeling political foes are out to get you to put you on the defensive. That may have occurred at the White House. Rather than stay on the defensive ...

Independent investigation questioned

Editorials and columns

The good news for GOP candidate for governor Bill Schuette. His bumpy past two weeks comes at a time when very few voters are paying attention. The bad news is his primary opponents and if he wins the nomination, his Democratic opponent will remind the voters that these were self-inflicted ...

Strong economic signs all around us

Editorials and columns

This week Jim Klarich, economic development director at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, updated business owners who support his efforts by telling them a lot is happening behind the scenes. While in economic development patience is essential before things go public, Klarich said via a ...

Disappointed by no flag at chamber dinner

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena Chamber of Commerce dinner has missed the mark. Last weeks Chamber dinner and theme "no place like home" forgot why Alpena is Home to us. There was no American Flag in the room, no Pledge of Allegiance citied. The Chamber didn't feel that was important, no thanks to any Veterans or ...

Lakes protection should be in budget

Editorials and columns

The buzz this week has all been about President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget for next year. From social services to education, Essential Air Service to infrastructure, as details started leaking out the buzz started. And as it did it grew louder, and louder and louder. Now the ...

Dinner should have flag, honor safety personnel

Letters to the Editor

We attended the annual Alpena Chamber of Commerce Dinner on Feb. 10 for the first time. While duly impressed with the event, we were equally disappointed by the fact that there was no American Flag on display. With a them of "Around the World, But No Place Like Home"; what is home without ...

Spousal abuse not a major issue for Trump

Editorials and columns

Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" Even if you didn't know whose ...

When we say I do

Editorials and columns

It might take place in a restaurant or at a dining room table. It might happen on a carpet of rose peddles or the summer sands of some quiet beach. It might happen as a quiet violin serenades or as a flash mob belts out your favorite song. For my wife and me it took place ... wait for it ...

Erickson sets an example for all of us

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Pastor Jim Erickson who last week was named Alpena’s “Outstanding Citizen of the Year.” The award was presented to him at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. Erickson is a fitting recipient whose work exemplifies what the award should be all ...

A kindness challenge for you

Editorials and columns

Health challenges seem to be popping up all over. Eight weeks of clean eating. A four-week exercise challenge. Twenty pushups a day for 20 days. Someone I know has a New Year Resolution to be kinder and more gracious than he already is. We could all be a little kinder right? I thought ...

Takeaways from Snyder’s final budget

Editorials and columns

Flashback to Jan. 1981. President Ronald Reagan brought the House down, at least on the GOP side of the Congress with his infamous line, "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." Apparently Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wasn't listening or it appears more ...

Snyder’s proposed trash fee hike is overdue

Editorials and columns

A decade ago, Michigan Republicans managed to stop a plan passed by Democrats in the state House to raise landfill dumping fees. The Democrats were motivated by the endless stream of Canadian trash trucks overturning and catching fire on freeway medians in southeast Michigan. In the Port ...

Region’s elk population strong, numerous

Editorials and columns

As we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of elk being reintroduced into Michigan’s outdoors, Department of Natural Resources officials have just concluded their annual winter survey which found elk numbers at healthy numbers. Most residents would contend the reintroduction of elk has been ...

Pay attention to the facts to save deer herd

Letters to the Editor

Shockingly, Dr. Mason, DNR wildlife director, wrote in the Michigan Outdoor News (1/5/18) the following: (1) “APRs are incompatible with scientific based Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)”; (2) “there's no evidence that APRs improve hunter retention or recruitment.” (3) “there is no ...

Moments make the Olympics great

Editorials and columns

Too bad there isn't a way to put the Olympics theme song into the paper so you could hear it as you read (online you can find a way to play it simultaneously). I love the Olympics, both Summer and Winter, and I suspect part of it is becomes I'm of a certain age where we didn't have as many ...

Fairgrounds would be good spot for market

Letters to the Editor

The paper stated at the meeting of the city council they were considering moving the farmers market downtown to Mich-e-ke-wis Park. I was thinking it would be a good idea to move it to the fairgrounds. There would be enough parking and enough room for the vendors. Besides, this is our ...