Editorials and columns

The economics of an outhouse

Comedian Jeff Foxwothy always is talking about rednecks and sometimes I think he's referring to me. I spotted something in last Friday's Alpena News classified section that confirmed my suspicions.This column is mostly about economics and, as a consequence, I study pricing trends. This ...

Officials need to rethink approach to early prison release

Labeling criminals as threats to society merely because they have been convicted of low-level drug offenses is absurd, claim advocates of the approach. But releasing them from prison based solely on the same criterion is ridiculous - and possibly dangerous - too.About 6,000 inmates will be ...

A flourish of positive results

If you were in Northeast Michigan this past weekend and you weren't working and were bored; then there is no hope for your perspective on life. This weekend marked a pivotal shift in how we view activities and enjoyment of our communities along the Lake Huron coastline during the fall ...

Clinton, Sanders need to be asked who will pay

When Democrat candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appear in their first nationally televised debate Tuesday night, don't look for fireworks of the type engaged in by the large field of Republicans. Both Sanders and Clinton have said they will refrain from ...

Don’t get fooled by Taliban again

We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, "Death to America." For decades we trusted North Korea to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.For more than a year before the Sept. 11, ...

We should have voice in hospital sale

Should you have a say in the future of the region's medical center?The Alpena County commissioners believe so, as do we. While lawyers research the complex intricacies of any possible sale of the county facility, some of the commissioners this week discussed their opinions on the facility's ...

Battle against blight starts with zoning

The building obviously had been a major retailer at one time - perhaps a Walmart, Kmart or nice sized grocery store. Today it is nothing more than a big box, graffiti on one of its outside walls and weeds growing up through all the cracks in the parking lot.That was the first impression my ...

ARMC promotes early detection, prevention of breast cancer

When breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100 percent This powerful statistic is the product of enhanced awareness and action.Congress is passing laws, research is providing outcomes and ARMC is enhancing policies, procedures and ...

NE Michigan is the place to be this weekend

This region will be rockin' this weekend.Up and down US-23 from Mackinaw City to Standish the communities along the Heritage Route will be celebrating not only their unique attributes but also their common thread of "a highway runs through it."This weekend is a focus of life Up North on the ...

Do deportation numbers show Dems’ concern?

Not since 2006 has the federal government deported more illegal aliens. But then, not since then have Democrat hopes for the presidency been so low.With the presidential election campaign in full swing, it was revealed the government deported just 231,000 illegal immigrants during the past 12 ...

Doing what he says

Annoyance registered by U.S. officials at Russian military activity in Syria reminds us of one of many famous lines from the movie "Casablanca."At one point in the film, a corrupt police captain who knows very well he is in an illegal casino remarks, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling ...

World’s problems pale to my quarterly water bill

The news has been a little bit nuts this week. It's hard for me to pick out just exactly which story is the best but I'll give it a shot.The best understatement this week was from a U.S. General who said the air strike on an Afghan hospital was a mistake. Do you think?Second place goes to the ...

Abuse of power and getting away with it

This is the United States of America, where the government is not supposed to attempt to intimidate members of the press, use the Internal Revenue Service to harass opponents of the White House, retaliate against public employees who try to protect sick veterans or go out of its way to ...

Being a part of Generation X, Y or Z

Are you part of the Greatest Generation? Are you a member of the Baby Boomers, or maybe Generation X? Maybe you are in the same generation as I am, the Millennials (Generation Y). And then there is Generation Z, or the Digital Generation. Is that you?My recent exploration of the generations ...

Balance needed in PI Quarry resolution

Is there any easy solution to the issue of expanded mining at Lafarge's Presque Isle Quarry?We empathize with residents, Lafarge employees and those who enjoy the Presque Isle area. At stake with the request to expand mining operations is the water levels of Grand Lake, Lake Esau and Lotus ...

DPI changes brings end to ties to past

I'm always amazed at how small the world really is. When I moved to Alpena in 1988 and was saying my goodbyes, I learned that coal mined from a strip pit in East Ohio ended up at the then Abitibi Price plant in Alpena. Abitibi was, in fact, one of that coal company's largest customers at the ...

Questions, Anyone?

Grass IslandQ. Readers in a book discussion ask, "What is the history of Grass Island in our Thunder Bay?"?A. The only history found of Grass Island is in Clarence "Tuffy"and Bonnie Cross' "History of Commercial Fishing on Thunder Bay, 1835 to 2014, from Black River to Rockport." Included are ...

Hopefully trial brings closure

A sad chapter in Presque Isle County's history came to a close Wednesday with the finding of Richard Strzelecki guilty of killing brothers Eugene and Henry Hincka.The brothers were partners with Strzelecki in a produce business in Posen. A county grand jury found Strzelecki guilty but mentally ...

How long will it take Michigan to fix the prisons?

It has taken lawmakers decades to fix the roads, you have to wonder how long it will take them to fix the prisons?Increasingly there is chatter in this town that something must be done about the bloated price tag on running our prisons which far exceeds most other state services.Those who back ...

Get the middle class strong again

I want to live in a country where anyone can find a prosperous job, live happily and not trespass on another's personal dreams.This may not be what you want.I want to pursue my dreams with total freedom so long as I don't infringe on your freedoms. I don't know what is best for you but I'll ...