Editorials and columns

There needs to be a law for what happened with Equifax

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has ...

Background check system needs to be improved

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Helping a nation rebuild after tragedy

Years ago, while in New Orleans for work I took a tour of historic homes. The region is steeped in history and the tour guide was a wealth of knowledge, not just about the homes, but also about the lives of those who lived in them. She had acquired her unique knowledge while working as a ...

Burying the story about test scores

You don't need a degree in journalism to realize you tell the readers the most important part of the story in the first paragraph. That is based on the notion that most readers will bail out for the sports section after reading the so-called lead if they read it at all. And while nobody at the ...

It’s time for the potato festival and fun

The Posen Potato Festival has been a mainstay in the Presque Isle County community for more than six decades. While the festival is a celebration of the potato, it is so much more than that. It is a point of pride for the community and celebration of life and family. Traditionally the ...

The words of our Founding Fathers

When I was in high school, we had to learn the preamble to both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for our American government class. The preamble for the Constitution was easier to learn, because quite simply it was shorter. I remember everyone in class stressing about ...

U-M could pick better groundhog plan

The University of Michigan is catching heat for stuffing dry ice down groundhog holes to kill the little buggers, which are apparently chunneling the heck of out north campus. The university is worried their passageways will "undermine the foundations of structures, porches and pavement," ...

Always with love

In the Lectionary of the Roman Catholic Church, the readings for this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, (the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time), especially the 1st Reading (Ezekial 33:7-9) and the Gospel (Matthew 18:15-20), talk about correcting others. For some people, this is the kind of Scripture they ...

Time to move on from traffic change debate

Perhaps we can now put the one-way traffic vs. two-way traffic in downtown Alpena to rest ... at least for a little while. Alpena Municipal Council reversed a previous decision during Tuesday's meeting and voted to keep traffic on Second Avenue as one-way. The vote was 3-2 with council ...

OWI other than in motor vehicle

This week’s question was one that I had to laugh about. “Can you get a drunk driving while operating something other than a car, specifically while riding a bicycle?” Under MCL 257.625(1) in regards to Operating While Intoxicated states, “A person, whether licensed or not, shall ...

Cleveland, Wilson need more than new furniture

We empathize with parents who feel their children, students at Port Huron’s Cleveland Elementary School, are being used as guinea pigs in a series of education experiments. But we disagree with their opposition to ending the current experiment and beginning a new one. The current experiment ...

Haley right on the mark in assessment of Kim’s actions

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Smarter heads should prevail with aid for hurricane relief

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occuring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...

Time and tone on a violin

My father learned to play the violin when he was very young. By the time he was in high school he was proficient. When a junior, he was asked to play at an assembly before the entire student body. After his performance the superintendent of schools came up to him and told my father he would ...

Images of Houston show the best of the human spirit

For all the attention we sometimes pay to television and internet videos, still images continue to have more power to symbolize important events in our lives. The photograph of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima and another of firefighters in a remarkably similar scene on the rubble of the ...

Recalling first female lt. gov. candidate

Does Anybody Remember.... She was the first female candidate in Michigan to run for lieutenant governor and she ran one more time after that. She lost both times. Her formal first name is Olivia, but everybody in the game knows her as Libby Maynard who, at age 81, resides on the family ...

Supportive of previous letter writer’s thoughts

Kudos to Bill Johnson with his recent letter. I'm glad some people know where we are headed. This recent craze of anti-Confederate statues should be a loud decibel alarm of what's to come. The world saw thugs tear down a Confederate statue then kicked and spit on it as if it was Stalin or ...

Thoughts on Harvey, Lions, more

Come Heller high water … Yeah, it was bad taste for Melania Trump to wear stiletto heels, a designer outfit and a FLOTUS cap to Houston, but as the Daily Show's Trevor Noah pointed out at least she was there to help people, so give her a break. That said, would the right have given ...

The power of memories

The sound of cars rushing by our front door told me summer is coming to a close. Deep sighs, long groans, somber faces. This was the scene Monday morning as students were driven to Alpena High School, across from our home. OK, personal confession: In that moment, I was projecting my own back ...