Editorials and columns

US can’t be caught not knowing allies plans, alliances

How is it possible that leaders of 34 nations, including allegedly close allies of the United States, could form a military alliance without Washington knowing about it?U.S. intelligence officials have some explaining to do. Members of Congress should demand answers - and they had better be ...

The story behind Snyder’s injury

One thing you learn in this business is that it may take some time, but eventually the true story behind a news event comes out.Think Bill Clinton's dalliances with a young woman; former President Richard Nixon eating his own words, "I am not a crook" and now comes the revealing account of what ...

A chance to double your donation

Northeast Michigan is a giving community, and that giving nature is never more brightly displayed than during the holiday season. Organizations big and small benefit from the generosity of area residents this time of year, helping to make Christmas a little brighter for those who need it ...

ARMC offering free programs to manage your health

The health of our community matters and the community benefits when everyone has the opportunity to live a long, healthy and productive life. A snapshot of Northeast Michigan displays a higher than average aging population, many people living in poverty and a health status that reflects higher ...

The real news of Christmas

The story is told from a day in December 1903 when, after many futile attempts, the Wright brothers were finally successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Absolutely ecstatic, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet in the ...

Heavy price being paid for Berdhahl’s rescue

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be tried by a general court-martial on charges he deserted his unit in Afghanistan and engaged in misbehavior before the enemy, the Army revealed this week. For Bergdahl, the trial will settle the question of whether he should be punished for what he did.But on a more ...

Let common sense rule the day

By DR. DONALD NEWPORTCurrently, there appears to be considerable discussion going on within various political circles about the concept of creating a University for Northeast Michigan, a concept that has come up at least four times during the past 40 years.But, before we spend too much time on ...

War against Islamic State needs more than air strikes

Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq are being attacked more vigorously than ever before, as President Barack Obama emphasized Monday. But decisive action against them still appears to be missing."We are hitting ISIL?(Islamic State terrorists) harder than ever," Obama proclaimed. He cited ...

It’s up in the air for GOP presidential candidate

Both Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson are threatening to leave the Republican Party if it does not nominate them for president. Presumably, they mean they would run for president as "third-party" candidates.Hillary Clinton, who almost undoubtedly will be the Democrat nominee for president, must ...

The names have changed, but the story is the same

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." Someone has said that to you at one time or another, and it's true - be it economics or anything else.The best current example harkens back to before WWII. In the late 1930s there was a recession in the middle of the depression. A major ...

Time to crack down on Secret Service mishaps

It should not surprise Americans that they have heard little recently about shortcomings at the Secret Service. Sweeping misbehavior by government officials under the rug has become a pattern during President Barack Obama's administration.Still, one wonders why Obama has not demonstrated more ...

Wrap up a gift of sentimentality

Recently I was part of a group discussion lead by Al Grund concerning sentimentality. We observed that Doris Day singing "Sentimental Journey" is an outstanding example of its form:"Going to take a sentimental Journey, Going to set my heart at ease.Going to take a sentimental journey to renew ...

It appears agenda trumps common sense when it comes to energy

Are liberals in Congress focused on battling climate change - or giving big tax breaks to wind and solar energy companies??There is a difference.Reports about negotiations on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill noted this week it would include tax breaks for producers of renewable energy. But ...

The case of senior drivers in Michigan

There are 1.4 million drivers over the age of 65 on state roadways, which is up 29 percent over the last 10 years.And when it comes to crashes and highway deaths, 9 percent of the accidents and 15 percent of the fatalities involve those over 65. These drivers have special problems with failing ...

The perfect Christmas gift

Can you imagine receiving a new vehicle this time of year?That reality occurred this week for Lorilee, Michael, Charlize and Gabriel McGee - thanks to the Workers on Wheels program through Goodwill Northern Michigan. The family was selected to receive a new vehicle at the Alpena Goodwill ...

The right couple to pay it forward

Pay it forward.The concept is a wonderful one any time of the year but is made extra special at Christmas.Apparently someone else in the community agrees, and is doing exactly that this holiday season. Let me explain.El and Audrey Heath are one of the sweetest couples I know. If I were wanting ...

Change for the better begins with us

Sad, angry, disgusted, disappointed ... the list goes on with words that carry negative connotations. This time of year that is supposed to evoke happy feelings and good cheer, yet the events around world - happening with increased regularity - have me anything but in the holiday spirit.Well, ...

Questions, Anyone?

Classes on PolandQ. A reader asks about the classes on Poland offered through the Community Education program at Alpena Community College. He wonders what is taught, who takes the classes and why.?A. This semester there is a class on basic Polish language and a class on Polish cultural studies, ...

Spiritual care at the end-of-life

When we are young and healthy, we can feel invincible. There's plenty of time - and opportunity - to solve life's problems and make one's mark.But when faced with death, perspective can change quickly - and so can priorities. This is when we begin to evaluate the meaning of life and contemplate ...

Treasure in a box

A precious memory from the days when my now-biggish kids were little ...Tired from a long morning of momming and ready for my afternoon break, I took the kids upstairs for their naps, then returned to the kitchen to put away some dishes.Minutes later I felt the gentlest tug at my shirt. My ...