Editorials and columns

Twp residents deserve better

Alpena Township residents should be angry, frustrated and dismayed. We doubt any of them would have expected such ineptitude from the officials they elected to run the township. Continued reports this week from the township of financial failures from past years leaves residents wondering ...

Singer a reminder to pursue dreams

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” All of us would do well to remember those words of William Shakespeare, for they are just as pertinent today as they were all those many centuries ago. One never knows where the next president, astronaut, sports hero or yes, even ...

Take time to reflect on true meaning of Memorial Day

The first official holiday of the summer arrives Monday, making for a nice long weekend for many of us. While some will see this only as a time to spend time at the lake, get out on a boat or do a little grilling, all of us should take time this weekend and reflect on the true meaning of the ...

Serious cuts needed but from spending originating in Washington

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Not everything is about politics

It is no secret that I tend to lean politically conservative. Mostly because of my belief in small government and fiscal conservatism. I don’t typically spend my days thinking about political labels, like conservative, Republican, Democrat, liberal, independent, or Libertarian, and that lack ...

Mueller should expand scope of his investigation

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Manning punishment doesn’t fit the crime

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was ...

Trailblazer Fieger might be back

The first time Geoffrey Fieger ran for governor in 1998, he ran as an outsider, a.k.a. non-career politician. This was long before the notion of electing somebody without hands-on government experience became fashionable with an electorate that eventually became disenchanted with those ...

Is this the nicest place in America?

So is Alpena, or any other community in Northeast Michigan, the nicest place in America? Reader's Digest is hold a "Nicest Place in America" contest and there are three weeks left to send in your nominations if you think your community in Northeast Michigan is the nicest place in America. ...

Super sleuthing solves grave marker mystery

Everyone loves a good mystery, especially one with a satisfying ending. Recently two infant gravestones from the 1800s were unearthed while doing landscaping at a home on State Avenue. While the date of birth and death were listed on the stones, as well as sweet sentiments, neither marker ...

A great day to be a proud American

Today is one of our favorite days for publishing local news. On this day, the eve of Armed Forces Day, we have been publishing for several years now a special salute to the men and women from across the region who are currently serving their country in the armed services. We enjoy the ...

Getting the mail from your vehicle

I received an email from a citizen this week about getting mail while remaining in your vehicle. The citizen lives on a rural road and travels various other rural roads to get to work. In their travels they witness a number of people drive across the center line onto the left shoulder of the ...

Trump should say no to Blankenship

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine ...

Congress should weigh the threat of computer hackers with other threats

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Moving through time in Bolton

Why Bolton? Why should I ask, why Bolton? They seem to be getting along just fine out there without me poking around asking questions. I believe my friend Dr. Charles Girard is to blame. He was a grade and high school classmate who could thread an 8mm movie projector. Clever fellow, ...

NKorea shows it isn’t open to peace talks

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim ...

Dems might want to rethink calls for investigation

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we ...

Splash park will be welcome addition

Next summer is going to be “one to remember” in Alpena. If all goes as projected, the Alpena Rotary Club — in cooperation with the city — will unveil Rotary Splash Park at Starlite Beach. The project will encompass 2,000 square feet, have 14 different water features and will ...

Comey-Trump takes center stage

Come Heller high water … ∫ Another week, another ridiculous amount of Trump nonsense to write about. I should be happy, right? He's fantastic column fodder. But now the consistency of his "I'm not Nixon, I just act like him, on steroids" buffoonery is just depressing. This is not a man ...