Editorials and columns

Trump throws curveball at North Korea

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to ...

The world really is a better place to live

There are several popular business/self-improvement books out there now ("Factfulness" and "Enlightenment Now") that make the case that the world is objectively a much better place than it has ever been. The authors don't base their position on flaccid, positive-thinking mumbo jumbo. If ...

Eye-catching red, white and blue salute

Alpena is starting to have that red, white and blue glow about town. As the Memorial Day weekend has arrived, so too have American flags — dozens of them along the Thunder Bay River. Thanks to the efforts of the Alpena Kiwanis Club and Alpena Booster Club, the Avenue of Flags has ...

Downtown in the age of the automobile

If I asked you what the biggest problem is in our downtown, I can imagine for most of you, a certain word would come to mind: parking. In the downtown world, parking has earned its reputation as the off-limits “p-word,” a problem that every downtown has but no solution ever fully truly ...

What does $100 million buy?

What can you buy with $100 million? For starters, there is a house with a price tag just over $100 million in Beverly Hills that has 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, is on 4.5 acres, and has a tennis court and guest house. There is also a home in South Beach, Miami, with a $100 million price tag ...

Trump’s message to Kim: We won’t be bullied

In suggesting he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may not meet on June 12, as had been scheduled, President Donald Trump is fighting fire with fire. Through what has been termed his “charm offensive,” Kim has raised hopes that a meeting with Trump could result in him agreeing to ...

Haspel has look, sound of being right for CIA

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, ...

CFC11 discovery raises questions

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Nassar fiasco not over yet for MSU

It's not over 'til it's over. The fat lady may be warming up, but she has not sung. Pick your favorite cliche and apply it to the Larry Nassar story at MSU because even though there is a humongous financial settlement with 332 survivors, this story is a long way from being over. There ...

Kudos to Stamas, Allor for efforts in naming highway

State. Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland and former State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, were good friends. Thus, when Stamas had the opportunity to honor his former colleague, he jumped at the opportunity. This week a bill he sponsored in the Senate that would designate a portion of US-23 in ...

Hillman serves as lesson on millages

There are valuable lessons to be learned from this month’s defeat of a Hillman Community Schools request for a sinking fund millage. The measure was defeated by just seven votes. Every vote matters, take nothing for granted and promote, promote and then promote some more all would be ...

MSU wrong to put Nassar payout on taxpayers, students

Here's a headline that ought to make your blood boil: "MSU's $500M payout could mean tuition hike, using taxpayer money." The reference is to the lawsuit settlement between the university and the 332 victims (to date) of serial molester and former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was ...

Pentecost

For Christians, this Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost when, 50 days after Passover, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Jesus who were huddled together in a house in Jerusalem. The account of what happened on Pentecost that we are familiar with comes from the Acts of the Apostles ...

An appropriate thank you for their sacrifices

Gratitude can take on many forms. One such display — painting the crosses at Little Flanders Field — occurred this week. Volunteers from the Michigan State Police, Home Depot and Marine Corps League #1327 joined forces in an emotional act of service that honored the community’s ...

Trump should stay the course with Kim

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his ...

Operating while intoxicated on watercraft

With the ice off all the inland lakes here in Northern Michigan, boating enthusiast and fishermen will be making their presence. With those hobbies sometimes comes the use of alcohol. I was asked to explain what the difference in the use of alcohol is between a vehicle on the roadway and a ...

Statue should stay a reminder of what happened in Poland

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

Don’t take Kim at his word

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Legend of Bronco Bill Brousseau

It quickly became evident that telling the tale of Bronco Bill Brousseau was beyond the ability of any one man, a team approach would be required. Here’s why: The Detroit Free Press printed a full page spread on Bronco, picture and all, in its Sunday, Nov. 10, 1957, edition. The Article, ...