Editorials and columns

GOP dodges blue wave, but math is for Whitmer

Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer did not have any coattails to drag more Democrats into the legislature. The blue tidal wave the Democrats predicted sort of petered out, so, instead of the D’s picking up nine seats in the House and nine in the Senate to gain control of ...

On pot, the people’s voice should matter

Now that Michigan voters have approved the recreational use of marijuana, local governments will in the coming weeks and months begin making decisions about whether or not they’ll allow businesses within their boundaries to sell the drug commercially. In so doing, we encourage local ...

Today, be a leader for civil discourse

I admit to being a fan of Gov. Rick Snyder. What I appreciate most about him is that he speaks his piece, regardless of the consequences. For him, the cause always has been greater than the party. Snyder this past year has talked a lot about the tone of politics, and he has used his ...

Turn to Page 2 for proof it’s real news

I have to chuckle every time someone uses the phrase “fake news” to describe reports from legitimate news organizations, because there’s such an easy way to tell whether or not it’s “fake.” Turn to Page 2A. In The News and in most every other newspaper in America, there ...

Alcona, hear the voters

The people have spoken. Twice. And, while Alcona County commissioners might not like it, they now have to respect what voters want. In this instance, it is an order for the county to “make do” with the money they have. Rather than approve a 1.0718 millage in August, nor the 1 mill ...

Oh, yeah, I voted 25 times last week

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Ten days after the midterm elections, it’s becoming pretty darned clear that we did, in fact, see a blue wave, of sorts, both nationally and in Michigan. It wasn’t a tsunami-sized wave, but it was close. I like to think the GOP is having a come-to-Jesus ...

Marijuana battles are not over

The advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana were successful in their effort to bring recreational marijuana to the communities of Michigan. In the spirit of good statesmanship, our committee offers congratulations to the “Vote Yes” campaign. Yet, our hearts are extremely heavy ...

NE Michigan proves that every vote counts

We hear it all the time — every vote counts. If ever you doubted that wisdom, however, Northeast Michigan elections in recent years have proven it true. This month’s race for Allis Township supervisor ended in a tie this month, resulting in the two candidates — Republican Bob ...

Don’t drive with your truck tailgate down

I have heard the old wives’ tale that, if you drive a pickup truck with the tailgate down, it’s a great way to increase fuel efficiency. A citizen recently asked about this and said her husband practices that and she stated someone recently told them that it was against the law to drive ...

Keep kids safe, be reasonable

It is an unfortunate reality in the year 2018 that we cannot assume the schools to which send our children every day are safe. The recent shooting at a country music dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif. was the 307th mass shooting of the year, according to USA Today. While most of those did ...

The lame duck that could lay a golden egg

Now that the election is over, hopefully we all can put our political differences aside and return our focus to what unites us, not what divides us. For me and my colleagues at the Michigan League for Public Policy, we’ve got our eyes squarely on the lame-duck legislative session that ...

Good luck, stay safe, hunters

November’s holidays continue Thursday with the firearms deer season opener. Like years gone by, the opening of the firearms deer season still is an important time in Northeast Michigan. Grocery store sales should be up as hunters stock up on supplies before heading to camp. Most schools ...

Hunting season initiations and a meditation

Mel Leeck’s father died when Mel was only a year old, making him the man of the farm at an early age. When he was 12, his uncle Fritz gave him a single-shot over-under .22/.410 combination rifle/shotgun and told him to go shoot a deer. Uncle Fritz provided the .410 slugs, then went back home ...

Listen to the citizens

A new group of citizens has formed to encourage the City of Alpena and Alpena Township to end their years-long dispute over water and sewer rates. The group, calling itself Citizens for Settlement, is made up of residents of both the city and the township, along with business owners who want ...

Can Whitmer really fix our roads?

This may not have been the magic moment that candidate Gretchen Whitmer knew she would become governor but it sure could have been. In a rare moment when she was off the campaign trail, she sat quietly in the dentist chair when she heard a new patient enter in the adjacent room. The man ...

Thankful for vets, pray for their safekeeping

One hundred years ago, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last American ...

How well will Whitmer dance with Up North lawmakers?

It’s been eight years since Michigan government leaders had to deal with a division of party power, but that is exactly what will occur in January when Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office. Whitmer will have to negotiate with a Republican-controlled state Senate and state House, which ...

The real perks of this job are people

No one gets into this journalism gig for the money. But the job does have its perks, and the best among them are the people you get to meet and the places you get to go. This job gives you a ringside seat to history-in-the-making and a backstage pass to all kinds of wonders. Because of ...

Salute the brave warriors

Words can’t adequately convey the appreciation we have for area veterans. However, let’s try by first saying, “Thank you.” Thankfully, we as a country learned from the mistakes of the past, and how we treated returning veterans from places like Vietnam. Still, there always is room ...

Remember, it happens in #AlpenaToo

Me, too! Watching Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s four-hour testimony against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, televised on all news outlets several weeks ago, was so gut-wrenching and, yet, so courageous. The mix of emotions that I felt was overwhelming. Many years ago, ...