Editorials and columns

Takeaways from Snyder’s final budget

Flashback to Jan. 1981. President Ronald Reagan brought the House down, at least on the GOP side of the Congress with his infamous line, "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." Apparently Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wasn't listening or it appears more ...

Snyder’s proposed trash fee hike is overdue

A decade ago, Michigan Republicans managed to stop a plan passed by Democrats in the state House to raise landfill dumping fees. The Democrats were motivated by the endless stream of Canadian trash trucks overturning and catching fire on freeway medians in southeast Michigan. In the Port ...

Region’s elk population strong, numerous

As we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of elk being reintroduced into Michigan’s outdoors, Department of Natural Resources officials have just concluded their annual winter survey which found elk numbers at healthy numbers. Most residents would contend the reintroduction of elk has been ...

Moments make the Olympics great

Too bad there isn't a way to put the Olympics theme song into the paper so you could hear it as you read (online you can find a way to play it simultaneously). I love the Olympics, both Summer and Winter, and I suspect part of it is becomes I'm of a certain age where we didn't have as many ...

Here’s why teens are eating Tide pods

I know many adults are struggling to understand why teenagers across the country are chewing on laundry detergent pods. I believe I can bring some clarity to this question: It's because they're morons. I do not say that to be insulting. I say it because: A) I was a teenage boy once, ...

Our secret garden

Valentine's Day is next week. What's in your heart? A children's novel entitled The Secret Garden was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and published in 1911. The story centers around a young, sickly and unloved 10-year-old girl named Mary Lennox. She was born to wealthy British parents ...

Everyone benefits from Kiwanis, Boosters clubs flag project

When you have developed a project that has proven popular and received positive accolades in the community, why not duplicate the success? That is the thinking of Alpena Kiwanis and Alpena Boosters Club members, who have received approval from municipal council to create another Avenue of ...

If no national security risk, Trump should release Dems memo

A few days ago, a memorandum written by Republicans on the House of Representatives intelligence committee created waves in Washington. President Donald Trump insists it exonerates him and his campaign staff of claims they cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 ...

Police officers and children

Today’s column is going to serve more of a public service announcement than a question from a community member. As the Community Service Trooper, I have the pleasure of being in the public in a number of places such as schools, senior centers, local businesses, and public events. It is ...

Intelligence memorandum raises questions

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. The House vote was 256-164. In the Senate, the tally was 65-34. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A ...

Comprehensive rail safety study needed to help avoid more fatal accidents

Two crew members were killed early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. Sunday’s was the ...

A diverse group of dreamers

Once, a fellow ventured forth from Bolton chasing after a dream, He got as far as Hubbard Lake. On his farm there his son, Aric, found a bottle. That bottle was the product of other people’s dreams; many of those dreamers came from Ossineke. Aric Donajkowski, the bottle’s finder, now ...

Trump and Congress need to make sure infrastructure spending is on real needs

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Snyder’s plan on dumping fees warrants closer examination

Michigan has the lowest dumping fees of Great Lakes states, and thus is a huge importer of other people’s garbage. Gov. Rick Synder wants to change that by reducing the amount of trash in state landfills. The way to do that, he contends, is by raising dumping fees into landfills — a move ...

Just trying to beat the winter blahs

So it's Feb. 3, does that mean we're on the back side of winter? Either way, I'm getting cabin fever ... ∫ If you have cabin fever, The News' annual Business Expo and NIE Book Sale is the perfect reason to get out of the house. On top of getting to see what local businesses have to offer, ...

I make a motion

Sure, I told them. I’d be happy to serve as Board secretary. How hard can it be? Last week I sat through my first official meeting as secretary for the Rogers City Community Theatre Board of Directions. We were tucked away in the chilly back room of a local restaurant, the smell of pizza ...

Business Expo: 18 years and going strong

Eighteen years ago the first Alpena News Business Expo was held in what was then a brand spanking new Thunder Bay Recreation Center. Today we occupy part of that old space (the rest is occupied by budding gymnasts) and take up all of the APlex floor. The expo has morphed into a premier ...

Changes need to be made at the FBI

It should have come as no surprise that some in the FBI have seen their power as something to be protected and perpetuated through political dirty tricks. This is the agency that was ruled over for decades by the late J. Edgar Hoover, after all. The agency’s headquarters, incidentally, is ...

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Do you know ...

Time for Democrats to help work on reasonable immigration bill

Democrat leaders in Congress have made it clear they have no desire to reach a fair compromise on immigration. After weeks of accusing President Donald Trump of not offering a proposal, their reaction when he did so last week was, “No way!” Trump’s plan may not be perfect, but the ...