Editorials and columns

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Posts along bi-path ??Q. Readers Shari and Curt Davis ask, "What are the new posts we see many places along the bi-path in Alpena? The posts are wood with a metal platform on top, about 5 feet high, and have the name Rotary International on then."?A. The posts are a Rotary Club community ...

The ‘real’ quick fix: Daily habits

At a darker time in her life, Rachel Savage, 32 of Alpena, battled depression, anxiety and frequent headaches. She simply never felt well and had a lot of daily aches and pains.She was juggling a lot. She is a mother of three kids in travel sports, a full-time nurse and a college student ...

God comes with us

This year's family vacation was epic. In a grand, The Kids Are Leaving The Nest Soon gesture, we decided to fly to Portland, Ore., to see some of my relatives and then spend two weeks driving home. A lot of togetherness, a lot of beauty to see ... and a lot of lessons to learn.It was wonderful ...

The sound of freedom over NE Michigan

One day this week a large C-130 Hercules flew at a low altitude over Alpena, on its way presumably to the Alpena Combat Readiness Center.There, more than a dozen military units are taking part through July 31 in Operation Northern Strike 2015.Northern Strike brings together both equipment and ...

US should help Nigeria with its request

Americans need more allies like some nations in Africa. While Nigeria and nearby countries have made it clear they want no U.S. "boots" on their ground, they also are firm in their resolve to destroy the Boko Haram terrorist group.Nigerian President Muhammadu Bahari said Tuesday that within ...

Plenty of good in our community

All too often a column, an editorial, or a letter to the editor tells us what is wrong about something. Occasionally there is something written that is in praise of an individual or organization, but those comments tend to be fewer than the "what's wrong" comments.Perhaps it's nothing more than ...

Chattanooga shooting another example of lone wolf terrorism

Islamic terrorists in the Middle East may not have an armada of drone aircraft at their disposal, but they kill by remote control just as effectively - perhaps more so - as the U.S. military.How much influence terrorist brainwashers had over the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in ...

Let’s examine the ‘No’ responses

How many times are we told "no" throughout our lifetime? As a child we grow up learning what "no" means. No, don't bop your baby brother on the head with the block. No, you can't stay out late with your friends. No, you can't rob that bank.While these "no" responses make responsible moral and ...

Make sure VA really needs funds in request

In Washington, the penalty for shoddy work and sometimes criminal actions too often is more money. And remember, behind the Beltway, they keep the books in 10- to 12-digit numbers.Some members of Congress have lost patience with the Department of Veterans Affairs. It appears to have done little ...

Obama Internet plan won’t benefit rural America

As so often is the case with federal initiatives to improve Americans' lives, one announced by President Barack Obama last week holds no promise for Americans in rural areas. It is targeted at cities - which are, after all, where the votes are in presidential elections.Obama on Wednesday ...

Time to get rid of Mackinac pipeline

I just returned from a weekend at Mackinac Island, where my family and I enjoyed the beauty and splendor of the Straits.Few places on earth can compare to a Michigan summer day there, where in whatever direction you turn you are struck with the intense natural beauty all around you.Such ...

Hats off to Fletcher, Alpena Power for property building

Steve Fletcher and the folks at Alpena Power Co. should be given permanent white hats to wear around town.Earlier this month it was announced they were donating their old headquarters at the corner of Second Avenue and Water Street to Target Alpena. After the city obtained a grant to assist ...

ARMC offers programs to help manage chronic conditions

Chronic disease accounts for seven of every 10 deaths in the United States and more than 75 percent of the total health care costs. Among people 65 years old and older, over 92 percent suffer from one or more chronic diseases. By 2020, it is estimated that 48 percent of the population will have ...

Let the fun, fishing begin

It's time again to celebrate the Michigan Brown Trout Festival in Alpena.The festival provides the perfect atmosphere and backdrop for great entertainment, fellowship, food and of course - fishing. Those who come to fish the tournaments will be treated to some of the best fishing water in ...

Greece a long way from any recovery

As I write this Greece officials and the European Union have agreed on a bailout plan subject to the Greek Parliament passing some rather sweeping modifications in taxation and social programs. In other words, this may or may not be approved.In economics, taxes are always paid by the consumer. ...

US should view Greece as a wakeup call

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister this week, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

Enforcing existing gun laws would make a difference

Gun control advocates - many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals - constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives.But time and time again, violent crime headlines are followed a few days later by revelations that killers would not have obtained ...

We can’t allow negativity to prosper

In the book "James and the Giant Peach" (a childhood favorite of mine) by Roald Dahl, James loses his parents at the young age of four. He is then sent to live with his evil aunts. One afternoon, after another morning of being terribly mistreated by his awful aunts, James runs into a little man ...

Secrecy about data breaches is unacceptable

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Individualized funding a good idea for education

Federal funding to help low-income children in public schools does not necessarily aid all of them. Under Title I, the biggest such initiative at about $14.4 billion a year, Washington doles out money to states based on complex formulas that take into account the numbers of low-income students ...