Editorials and columns

Thank veterans for their service and sacrifices

Thank a veteran today. On this Veterans Day holiday, it is very appropriate to stop and remember the many reasons we have to honor those who are serving, or who have served, in our country’s armed services. This morning, stop and thank a veteran for your being able to have gone to the ...

A problem that isn’t going away soon

Late this summer my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Pacific Northwest. The region is steeped in natural beauty. We explored rain forests and high alpine mountains, walked ocean beaches and hiked trails back to many waterfalls. We also spent time in some of the region’s larger ...

The future of driving not for me

I like to drive. I'm not talking about the running errands kind of driving, but rather getting out on the road and aimlessly going wherever the mood takes me. A couple of years ago I wandered for 3,500 miles over five days and, aside from crossing Illinois with road construction every 15 miles ...

Hoping for a successful, safe hunting season

Next week a sea of orange will take to the woods of Northeast Michigan in pursuit of elusive whitetail bucks. St. Antler’s Day arrives Nov. 15 — the beginning of firearm deer season. As always, we urge hunters to be safe outdoors. We hope hunters will be successful, but in our world ...

Gun laws are meaningless without enforcement

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Memory game while traveling

I’m traveling and have very limited time to get this column finished. That’s why I’ve asked the rest of the travelers who are on this trip to assist with this topic. We dug deep into our memories to come up with the following tricks we have learned over time to help us remember a variety ...

Puerto Rico needs to clean up its financial mess

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Real tax reform shouldn’t have compromise

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

The blame game on auto insurance

So whose fault is it that Michigan motorists don't have no-fault insurance rate relief? There's enough blame to go around to fill a column as you are about to read. For decades the warring factions in the no fault debate have fought to a draw, but this time it would be different. Or ...

Though short on contests, Tuesday’s election is important

If history is any indicator, there will be a very small turnout at the polls Tuesday. If that is the case it would be a shame, as in our estimation it is at the local level where residents have the most power with their vote. And, it is at that same local level where politicians wield ...

We need millage to have a good jail

Alpena County voters will be asked to support a millage for a new jail Tuesday when they head to the polls. The county is asking for 1 mill over 20 years, which is projected to generate an estimated $19.6 million over that timeframe. Of that amount, $10.85 million would be used for jail ...

Protecting your little corner of the interwebs

One of the best things I've ever done is ban alleged news stories put out by less than reputable sources from the lively and sometimes heated political discussions that often break out under a column I've written and posted to my Facebook page. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to do ...

It’s never too late to thank a veteran

All his life, Lewis Woodruff was proud of his service as a United States Army Air Forces crew chief. Between 1944 and 1946, he worked on the B-17 and B-28 bombers used during WWII, sacrificing and dedicating his life to his country. After his discharge from the Army Air Forces, Lewis built a ...

Chapter and verses

In the Catholic Lectionary for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, which is this Sunday, Nov. 5, the Gospel reading is Matthew 23:1-12. Within those verses Jesus states, “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.” (Matt 23:9) Catholics are sometimes criticized for ...

Volunteer groups an important role in battle against hunger

Imagine not knowing where your next meal is going to come from. Most of us can't, or don't want to try. For those who have to deal with this, especially children, the thought is one they can't shake. No one should have to worry about not having enough food, but as we all know that isn't ...

There is no good news in Iran announcement about missile range

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons ...

The law when it comes to littering

A citizen sent me the following question: “I was driving on M-32 near Hillman when a passenger in the car in front of me tossed a bag from a fast-food restaurant out the window. This enraged me, so I tried memorizing the license plate number at least long enough to contact law enforcement. ...

If charges prove true Manafort, Gates should be punished

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...

The power, beauty and knowledge of a poem

Do you miss the satisfaction of hands-on experiences performed in a natural setting? Would you rather forgo digital events whose webs are not so easily wiped away? In your affluence are you acquiring new when you know the serviceable old will yet do? Are you thinking a return to a ...

Puerto Rico recovery contract award should be investigated

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...