Editorials and columns

Give thanks, but also take time to enjoy what the seasons offer

Today is a time for reflection, for giving thanks and for remembering the many blessings that we have experienced this past year. Some of us are filled with more thanksgiving than others, but all of us should, if we stop and ponder it for a while, have something to be thankful for today. ...

Here’s to all who do it right

When classes graduate from Institute of Organizational Management, they choose a song that plays as they walk into graduation. The song my class chose was Halestorm’s, “Here’s to Us.” We could have picked a traditional graduation song like Bruno Mars’ “Today My Life Begins,” or ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for Congress’ sexual predators

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different ...

New tax measures will be good more majority of Americans

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the ...

Thankful for those who perform thankless jobs

On Friday night the unthinkable happened. Almost all of Alpena lost their municipal water supply. At about 11 p.m., I received a text from a co-worker asking if we had any change in water pressure as their faucets were only letting out a trickle. I was reading so I got up to check. Our water ...

Communication still key in preventing teen suicides

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Gov’t retiree health care getting cut?

Here we go again. While most folks look forward to the holiday season with great warmth and anticipation, certain public employee unions do not because it seems every time this time of the year rolls around, House Republicans are fixing to chill the warmth and kill the anticipation. Years ...

Gas prices higher than we’ve seen lately

Will the price of gasoline impact your Thanksgiving travel this week? A variety of circumstances have left gas prices the highest they have been in three years for the Thanksgiving week. Friday, the lowest gas we could find in the immediate Alpena area was $2.65 a gallon. The state average ...

A debate-free Thanksgiving to enjoy

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. When Thursday rolls around it will be one of those rare opportunities when both my sons and their families will join my wife and I under one roof. I expect the day will be spent with lots of laughter from the three granddaughters, lots ...

Things I’m not thankful for at all

Before we all humbly give thanks next week, I'd like to get a few things off my chest. Here are a few things I'm not thankful for: ∫ Whose genius idea is behind the open/close buttons on elevators? Am I the only one who isn't mentally quick enough to pick the right one when someone says, ...

Re-examing stewardship

Few topics bring such grunts and groans around the church like that of stewardship. No one, of course, likes their possessions and their wallets attacked. For too long there has been in the church a strong correlation between stewardship and the raising of money for the operation of a local ...

Farewell to Alpena

It is early Sunday morning as I am typing this. I can see pickups driving down the road with big hauls of wood. Looking over the lake, I see the smoke from chimneys dancing angrily in the wind. I drive around the corner near the gas station on Hubbard Lake to spot the Stone Bar Grill and the ...

Money requests fared well with state voters

The approval of millage in Alpena County for a new jail by voters this month was a trend seen duplicated across much of Michigan this year. According to information compiled by the Michigan Information and Research Service and reported by the Small Business Association of Michigan, there ...

If you believe, then … (fill in the blank)

If you believe those linked to the 2010 deal in which a Russian company gained control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium supplies donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation out of the goodness of their hearts, we have some swamp land in Florida that may interest you. And if you believe ...

The importance of child car seats

This week I received the following question: “I have a 7-month-old and I believe they have outgrown the infant carrier car seat. I have a convertible car seat and was wondering how I am supposed to use that seat properly? Do I switch the child to forward facing as the pictures show?” ...

Big hearts and warm students

People’s hearts seem bigger this time of year. For evidence of that, look no further than Rogers City, where firefighters gathered Monday and raised funds to purchase cold weather clothing for local school children. At the end of the night, $3,172 was raised at Scill’s Grill as part ...

The Constitution protects those who kneel as well as those who stand

As an old Army veteran, my military experience prompts me to add my opinion to the continuing controversy over respect due our National Anthem. As a member of an infantry regiment during the 1950s, I proudly stood tall with my fellow soldiers during the playing of our Star Spangled Banner. ...

Hunting season atmospheres

There are different approaches to the deer hunting season problem. One is exemplified by the hunter who, lifting a wetted finger to the wind, moves stealthly through brambles; scouting insightfully, accurately deciphers discerned sign; reserving unto himself those revelations — plays cards. ...

Enforcing current gun laws a step in right direction

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church last week might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick ...

Prison system boss dodges questions

There are no tough questions only tough answers. Just ask Heidi Washington. A veteran of almost two decades inside the bowels of the state prison system, Ms.Washington now runs the joint and in a rare opportunity for the media to ask her some questions, she was not exactly forthcoming on ...