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Editorials and columns

Please, stay safe on the ice

Be careful on the ice. While that thought should be first and foremost for anyone venturing out on the ice in winter, it rings even truer this year, with a lot of “bad ice” out there on many lakes and rivers this season. The best scenario would be for a uniform thickening of ice from ...

Welcome back to work, Tyler Suszek

Tyler Suszek is back to work at the Alpena Fire Department after recovering from an injury he sustained while battling the Nov. 3 fire at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on Chisholm Street. Suszek recounted his tale for a recent story by News reporter Julie Riddle. He was called in ...

Stop exploiting low-paid workers

A growing employment practice in Michigan and other states is requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements that prohibit them from obtaining employment at similar businesses, either concurrent with employment at their present job or after leaving their present job. For some ...

Our students (and teachers) are awesome

What do a puppy and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? Besser Elementary School fourth-grader Briana Stewart. On Tuesday’s City/State page, Stewart is shown in a photo holding a little puppy while Sarah Wetherhult, a family friend of Stewart’s, looks on admiringly. Wetherhult ...

Competency needed for PFAS

How do you spell inept? Answer: DEQ and EGLE. That’s DEQ, as in the state government Department of Environmental Quality, which was replaced by the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with EGLE, as in Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. By either moniker, the two departments are charged with ...

State should fund mandates

We understand lawmakers’ desire to see lead water service lines replaced around the state. The Flint water crisis — in which untreated water allowed lead to leach off of pipes and poison the drinking water of Flint’s residents — will forever be a stain on Michigan’s history. Kids ...

When did we let kids be lawyers?

There’s this profoundly odd moment as a parent where you look at your kid and see — as improbable as this may seem — an adult. Suddenly, he’s not the toddler who peevishly swatted the rump of a well-dressed society lady who unwisely stepped between him and the tubs of ice cream in a ...

Help city snow crews help you

Snow is one of those bittersweet things about living Up North. It is often indescribably beautiful and serene. It creates all kinds of opportunities for outdoor fun, from snowshoeing to snowmobiling to ice fishing to a simple snowball fight. But it also can make for dangerous or at least ...

The wonder of books at NIE fundraiser

When I think back to how I first got interested in a good book, I always remember the Hardy Boys. Frank and Joe Hardy were fictional characters, but I sure thought they were pretty “cool” as a boy in elementary school. How much better could it be than for Frank and Joe, a few years ...

The hidden value in a printed newspaper

In the grand scheme of things, it’s the content of a news story that matters, not the medium. You can be just as informed reading your work computer or on your smartphone or tablet as you are reading a printed paper. In some ways, digital journalism offers you more. It allows ...

Alpena school enrollment projections welcome news

Have enrollment numbers at Alpena Public Schools finally bottomed out? While the answer to that question probably won’t be known for several more years, school officials believe the indicators they are studying suggest that, in the next year, the district will have reached it lowest point of ...

Searching for a winter’s smile

Charlene is a Wilder, wife of Wes, daughter-in-law to Ron and Annebelle Wilder, both passed — two of the finest people I have ever known. Ron worked for Alonzo Green when Alonzo was the Alpena County maintenance supervisor. He, too, was a good man. Alonzo died young and Ron became what ...

Investigate wrongful politicizing of state grants

The recent revelations into the politicization of state economic development resources are deeply troubling. Officials in the Michigan Economic Development Corp., a quasi-public agency, used state grants as political leverage in the constitutional crisis provoked by Democratic Gov. Gretchen ...

Who is Jesus?

Isaiah 49:1-7: “And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him — for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength — he says: ‘It is too light a thing that you ...

Zero, goose egg, nada, zip

Do you know how much you still owe on your house? My guess is you probably do. How about on your car? You probably know that, too. How much do you owe the country? Have any idea? Well, there are a lot of zeros in that number. Congress, who is in charge of spending and taxes (income), just ...

Breath-test issues are concerning

It’s beyond belief that possible errors in alcohol testing devices being used in Michigan could have been faulty, and thus inaccurate in their readings. The identified potential problems with the breath-test devices that read blood-alcohol content could have a bearing on eight cases ...

The experience of leaving

You may not know this, yet, because it has been kept relatively quiet, but I announced my resignation from my job at the Chamber of Commerce. A hint of sarcasm, there. I was overwhelmed and surprised by the media coverage. The day I told people was an emotional day. Telling the staff ...

Show your community pride in DDA contest

Northeast Michigan is brimming with talent. As highlighted regularly on our Lifestyles page, our region is beautified by the work of homegrown painters, sculptors, woodworkers, musicians, and more. Art is as much a part of the fabric of our community as is hunting and fishing, boating, and ...

Lawmakers reduce corporate welfare

While there were important laws passed in the statehouse in 2019, what didn’t get passed was just as noteworthy. There was no large tax increase, despite it being the governor’s highest priority. There was less road funding in the budget, despite a consensus between legislators and the ...

Show up for MLK Jr. Day events in Alpena

We encourage all readers to participate in upcoming events marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Northeast Michigan. Public events kick off from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Alpena Community College’s CTR 106 with the presentation “Racism is NOT That Guy in the Pointy Hood,” by ...