Editorials and columns

Time to make all officials more accountable

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is very conscientious about telling Americans, both businesses and individuals, they have to clean up their air emissions, water discharges, etc. But when it comes to cleaning up its own top management, "not so much" is being charitable.One might have ...

Let people do their thing

I'm reading The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. Described as an American classic and a book that defined a generation, I thought it would be interesting.I like to read about history and about things that, in a sense, put me out of my element. This book surely fits that bill. I've had ...

BLM needs to do its job with well oversight

It is being suggested the government should place new restrictions on the natural gas industry, to prevent public safety and pollution problems. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of wells is a concern.But why should a major gas well pollution problem - the government - be trusted to handle new ...

No reason to believe real reform happened at IRS

Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of non-profit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. That was Lois Lerner, who was not fired but instead retired.But the agency has taken "significant actions" to prevent such political use of the tax ...

A reminder of our connection to the Great Lakes

Life on the Lakes, and the tragedies that occur there, always seem to be close to the hearts of those who call Northeast Michigan their home. Whether it be the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena or the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in Rogers City, reminders always are there of ...

Sometimes you just have to chill

There's more than enough worry to last a person a lifetime.Health, employment, and the world's political chaos are enough topics to make one's head spin out of control. ISIS, IRS and IRA's can drive you crazy with fear and trepidation.One could never sleep trying to analyze and formulate ...

Open the door to new world of better hearing

Your sense of hearing is a vital link to your world - a source of pleasure, information and communication. Hearing loss should not get in the way of enjoying life. Studies have linked hearing loss to many problems, including stress, depression, isolation, reduced earning power, and even health ...

Voice of God

"Mama Tried," sang the legendary voice of country music Merle Haggard back in 1968. My rebel spirit identified with those lyrics. At the time I desperately sought to fit into a Pacific Northwest high school so polar opposite of what I had left behind in central Iowa earlier that summer. The ...

Home to some of the best students in the state

Our students are among the brightest and best in Michigan.In fact, they are among the brightest and best in all the country.There are any one of a number of reasons we could justify that statement this morning, but let us point to two that appeared on the pages of The Alpena News this week.The ...

Yucca Mountain work should resume

Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as President Barack Obama tries to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants.During the past four decades, the plants have produced nearly 72,000 metric tons of used ...

Congratulations lineman team

I'm pleased with the Alpena Community College Lineman Team. It just competed at the College Lineman's Rodeo and took first place against 30 other teams.I told an awful lot of folks while we were raising money for ACC's new electrical training center that we had a first class program under the ...

And now on a lighter note

For the past several weeks my mom, sisters, sister-in-law and I have been engaged in group text conversations that include a lot of ridiculous jokes. Ridiculous jokes are my favorite.I recently made the comment that if I was a joke (that statement isn't meant to be a joke), I'd want to be the ...

Gyrocopter landing shows terrorists our vulnerability

When Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds a couple of weeks ago, he did more than make a statement on the need for political campaign finance reform.He also delivered a message to terrorists - our nation's capital remains vulnerable to attack.Air ...

Questions, Anyone?

Alpena storm sewersQ. A reader says that Chicago has a big project designed to stop untreated storm sewer water from draining into Lake Michigan. He asks, "Is it legal for Alpena's storm sewers to drain directly, without treatment, into the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron? "A. Yes, it is ...

Congress needs to push Obama to follow the law of the land

Not long after President Barack Obama announced his plan to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, a federal judge in Texas ruled he could not implement it.That was no problem for Obama. Instead of making it official, the administration has simply failed to enforce ...

Hospice volunteers come in all shapes and sizes

In so many things in life, one size doesn't fit all. The same holds true for a hospice volunteer. The need for volunteers in hospice is great, and the types of work are virtually limitless."Each year, we rely on nearly 1,000 volunteers to support our hospice and palliative care programs across ...

Beauty of wrong

I was convinced our field trip was going to go poorly.Turns out I was wrong.Our first stop was the Bruski and Stevens Twin Sinks in lovely Leer. I was sure that the kids would groan, "But it's just a hole in the ground!" Turns out I was wrong. They were delighted with the depth and breadth of ...

Lady Michigan preparing for another successful season

For the last four years, the Lady Michigan has been taking residents and tourists alike on the waters of Lake Huron to view shipwrecks through its glass bottom. The fifth season soon will be upon us, as the boat was put in the water on Thursday.When Lady Michigan first launched in Alpena it was ...

Obama wrong for his actions with Armenian slaughter’s anniversary

For seven years, now, President Barack Obama has annually broken a promise. In 2008, while able to say whatever he thought would garner the most votes, Obama pledged to recognize the 1915 slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks as a genocide. As Armenians gathered to mark the 100th ...