Opinion

You can drive in a sling, but use caution

Editorials and columns

While at an event a few weeks ago I was asked if it is legal for a driver to drive if their arm is in a sling because of an injury. Driving with a cast, sling, or other apparatus is not addressed in the Michigan Vehicle Code. Since the Vehicle Code does not prohibit it, it is legal to ...

Dems are throwing tantrums on Trump nominees

Editorials and columns

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate has resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was appropriate. But ...

Let’s not cheat two generations, here

Editorials and columns

For those of us who have kids, the struggles of being a new parent are unforgettable. Kids don’t come with a handbook or instruction booklet, and we often feel like we are learning as we go along. It doesn’t matter how old you were when you became a parent, raising children in today’s ...

Reform cash bail system

Editorials and columns

It’s estimated about 41 percent of the county jail population in Michigan is composed of pretrial detainees who can’t afford a modest cash bail. This costs the Michigan taxpayers about $150 million a year. Pending legislation would make personal recognizance bonds the default form of ...

Flying high, turning around a turn-down

Editorials and columns

Have you become weary of routine dreams: Catching that trophy trout, walleye, or salmon; mounting record-breaking antlers on various walls; acquiring plastic plaques for minor this-and-thats, and leg lamps as major awards? Would you like to fly higher? Despite these successes, have you ...

Fix the space program soon

Editorials and columns

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards this week, when ...

Using catchphrases in governor’s race

Editorials and columns

Politicians love to craft words or slogans that help them advance their agenda especially during an election year. Former Gov. Jim Blanchard latched onto “Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.” His opponent John Engler was infamous for whipping out a lousy nickel to demonstrate how much money you got a ...

Don’t buy the spin; time to shut down Line 5

Letters to the Editor

I read recently that Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge came to an agreement on Line 5, and that U.S. Rep. Bergman and state Sen. Jim Stamas worked hard on the deal, as well. The agreement was to build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to replace the Line 5 pipeline. The project should take ...

Even Weinstein is innocent until proven guilty

Editorials and columns

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet this week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

We need to believe in and follow our God

Letters to the Editor

In a recent editorial in The Alpena News about the decline of democracy, it was stated that former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy closed a presentation he made to high school students at a Constitution Day celebration in California by urging them to follow and believe in the U.S. ...

We the people, not special interest groups

Letters to the Editor

Vote YES on Proposal 2 on November 6 for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Why we need this. Politicians and lobbyists draw voting maps behind closed doors that directly benefit themselves, instead of putting the interests of voters or communities of Michigan first. Our State ...

Take time to remember the Metz fire

Editorials and columns

As Hurricane Michael roared across the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday and into Georgia, it was again a reminder to us who call Northeast Michigan home that, for the most part, we are spared such drastic weather calamities. Yes, we face that occasional blizzard or wind storm, but, for the ...

Mr. President, please don’t insult the swamps

Letters to the Editor

These last two weeks for the nation in nominating a new U.S. Supreme Court justice have been the most tragic, disgraceful, disgusting and embarrassing since George Washington! Our credibility and respect around the world could not go any lower. One woman on the Hannity radio show said she “is ...

Laying down your life for your work

Editorials and columns

All this week, I have watched — disheartened — as headlines piled up about Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi correspondent who worked for the Washington Post and who disappeared in Turkey. He’s believed dead, killed at the hands of the Saudi kingdom he frequently criticized in his work. ...

Debbie Stabenow doesn’t serve NE Michigan

Letters to the Editor

Why is it the only time you see Sen. Debbie Stabenow is when it’s time for her reelection? And, really, what has she really done for Michigan other than to ride the coattails of other elected officials, that includes her time spent as a state representative. Think about this come November. ...

Boo to pricier gas for holiday season

Editorials and columns

Motorists hoping to travel over hill and dale to Grandma’s house this year had better have a few extra dollars in their wallet in the months ahead to pay for gasoline. According to analysts well-versed in petroleum trends, the fourth quarter of 2018 could be a rough one for consumers. ...

Voters Not Politicians does not empower us

Editorials and columns

The extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party did a great job naming Proposal 2 Voters Not Politicians to make people believe that it would empower them, but, in fact, it will remove the power to establish district boundaries from the voters and give it to the Secretary of State. The SOS ...

Turning the other cheek doesn’t work

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Michelle Obama was known for saying, “When they go low, we go high.” I’ve always loved the sentiment, but I wonder if it needs tweaking in today’s political climate. In my opinion, Democrats have always been too polite, too unwilling to call a lie a lie, ...

Allor’s voting record belies her postcard claims

Letters to the Editor

If you are a politician and believe in your votes, why not tell the truth about them? On a shiny postcard sent by our current state rep., Sue Allor, she claims to be fighting for teachers and children, and investing in our schools. In reality, Allor has attacked our public schools, teachers ...

Vote pro-life, vote Bill Schuette, John James

Letters to the Editor

As we approach the midterm elections, I am compelled to state my opinion on the abortion issue. We have Debbie Stabenow, our U.S. senator, and Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for governor, and both are pro- abortion, up to and including partial-birth abortion. I don’t know how any sane person ...