Editorials and columns

Splash park will be welcome addition

Next summer is going to be “one to remember” in Alpena. If all goes as projected, the Alpena Rotary Club — in cooperation with the city — will unveil Rotary Splash Park at Starlite Beach. The project will encompass 2,000 square feet, have 14 different water features and will ...

Comey-Trump takes center stage

Come Heller high water … ∫ Another week, another ridiculous amount of Trump nonsense to write about. I should be happy, right? He's fantastic column fodder. But now the consistency of his "I'm not Nixon, I just act like him, on steroids" buffoonery is just depressing. This is not a man ...

Is your portfolio ‘healthy’?

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of “fitness” to other areas of your life – such as your ...

Alpena’s a great final destination

In the April 24, 2017, issue of Time Magazine, there is a story on page 20 about retirement. The short article talks about careers that tend to see professionals retire early (paramedics, logisticians, and metalworkers), the careers in which the professionals work the longest (tax preparers, ...

Another case of bureaucracy hindering, not helping

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of ...

Thursday’s vote on ACA a step in the right direction

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Regarding the FOIA, Congress exempted itself from compliance

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

The value of protecting the sky above us

There are entire generations of children growing up in the world today that have never seen a starry sky in real life. They’ve seen it in movies and in pictures but have never experienced the direct link between sky and eye. For those of us living in Northeast Michigan this concept seems ...

Clinton still deflecting blame for election loss

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

It’s time for resolution to water rate dispute

Enough already. How long must Alpena City and Township residents wait to see resolution of the ongoing conflict over water rates? This issue has dragged on for way too long already, and recent action only threatens to delay a resolution even further. On April 27 city officials ended ...

For superintendents, it’s about kids

It was right after Dan O’Connor became Alcona Community Schools’ superintendent in March when Managing Editor Steve Murch and I were discussing his new duties. It was around this same time that the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona had selected Scott Reynolds to replace Brian Wilmot when he ...

What’s up with all the life sharing?

I don't get Facebook. Yes, I understand the dynamic and its usage and all that; we used it here at The News and it is a useful tool for us. I don't get it as a share-everything-about-your-life tool. Again, I know you can limit what you post, who sees what, etc. And yes, I also know that ...

Tired eyes for exam time

Where did the term, “Oh Mylanta,” come from and why is it suitable for the situation several college students and I are currently in? You may have guessed from the title that it is exam season. All of the last minute assignments have been piling in along with tests, quizzes, and even ...

Political arena could use civility like National Day of Prayer

Thursday a group of area residents gathered together at Alpena City Hall to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Wouldn’t it be nice if that gathering, repeated thousands of times across the United States, would be the spark to start a healing process in our fragmented political ...

Police cars left running

At least once a week I get the question, “Why do you leave your patrol cars running?” Then the citizen usually continues on giving examples of, “We often see patrol cars running without an officer in them at restaurants, gas stations, and many other places.” Then they make statements ...

Slow the rush to repeal, replace Obamacare

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is ...

Obama cashes in on what he once criticized

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Threats to US are more numerous, hard to track

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

Picking the right, winning blossom

Miss Flora Lightbody, my elementary school music teacher, was an enthusiastic, delightful lady who even now occupies a special place in my memory. I’m not the only one who remembers her fondly. Like all good teachers she left a lasting impression on many. But Miss Lightbody wasn’t. The ...

VA whistleblowers need to be rewarded, not punished

It is a measure of how bad things are at the Department of Veterans Affairs that President Donald Trump is ordering creation of a special office to protect whistleblowers and find out why VA Secretary David Shulkin cannot just fire employees who are incompetent and/or dishonest. Trump ...