Editorials and columns

Flash flood at swimming hole kills 7; more people missing

TONTO NATOINAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — A flash flood barreled through a popular Arizona swimming hole where more than a hundred people were taking refuge from summer heat, killing at least seven people, leaving many more missing and forcing survivors to cling to trees in the rocky terrain, ...

Flood topples statue at iconic Fallingwater house

MILL RUN, Pa. (AP) — An overflowing stream following heavy rain toppled a large bronze statue at architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania, officials said. The flooding early Saturday from Bear Run, which flows beneath the National Historic Landmark in ...

Burns sees Vietnam War as virus, documentary as vaccination

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure. “What if the film ...

Last call for 2-way street debate

Could discussions surrounding two-way traffic through downtown Alpena be nearing an end? That seems to be the case, and discussion at the City Council Monday could very well be the last time the public has a chance to offer input at a public setting into the decision process. Thus, if you ...

The voice of calm in an unsettling political world

Sitting across me at the table I couldn’t help but notice the scratch marks and scar near his elbow and under his arm. I didn’t want to be rude, but they were noticeable enough to distract my focus when I turned his way. As our meeting continued this week he shared that those physical ...

Sanctuary proves its value once again

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary we believe has exceeded everyone’s expectations as a quality feature of our community. Evidence of that was again on display this week as 15 teachers from across the state spent time in Alpena Monday to learn more about the Great Lakes and its ...

Chain of people come to the rescue

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Campers — towing and riding

In the past few weeks, everyone has started to enjoy a northern Michigan pasttime, camping. I was approached by a reader and asked if it is legal to ride in a camper that is being towed by a vehicle. The individual was specifically asking about the legality of children riding in a ...

Rewarding a murdering extremist is wrong

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

A turtle and frog health care system

By the score they were dying from horrendous injuries. No medical care was afforded them, nor was health care coverage available in any form, from any source. It was happening when drivers took their eyes off the road, when they moved along being pulled this way or that, or when they ...

Something needs to be done to pull in Kim

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

State fire chief mum on fireworks

Someone suggested it's like the FBI director refusing to take a stance against crime as the state fire marshal, whose job it is to protect human life, has boldly declared he does not have a position on junking the state's explosive fireworks law. Ten weeks ago, after quietly accepting the ...

Opt-out option should have stayed until public better educated on recycyling

A recent vote by Alpena County commissioners regarding an opt-out fee for county recycling highlights the fact that county officials have a long way to go to educate the public on the subject. The fact that commissioners themselves split their vote 5-3 on the issue adds credence to the ...

And now for some really fake hot dog news

The food department at the New York Times recently taste-tested 10 hot dog brands to determine the best. Koegel franks and Viennas from Flint were not on the list. Now that's what I call fake news. I'm sorry to use a Trump term like that, especially a bogus one, but my buns are ...

Music, mutts and massage deliver comfort and peace at end of life

The delicate dance that is pain management requires a harmonious balance between physical, emotional and spiritual relief. It’s an orchestration that Hospice of Michigan has mastered in providing comfort care to patients at the end of life. Combining medical interventions with ...

Adventure across the falls

It is hard to believe that it has been roughly three weeks since the first day of summer made its appearance on the calendar. It seems as though the two most popular ways to spend it were either racing outside to catch some sun rays before a random downpour made an appearance, or bask in front ...

Solution for Lakeside Park a sensible plan

In the summer, hoop dreams often are realized at a place like Lakeside Park in Rogers City. And while those basketball dreams often might be accompanied by some bravado, some music and some bragging rights, foul language need not, and should not, be a part of the setting. We strongly ...

Push for deeper appreciation

On a completely spontaneous whim recently, a friend and I decided to ride bikes around Hubbard Lake. We didn’t check the weather or do much to prepare. We grabbed a few water bottles, which we had to secure to our bikes using hair elastics since they were small for the bottle holders, packed ...

ACA needs to be repealed because it’s not affordable

A measure of the dishonesty with which the so-called Affordable Care Act was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA — Obamacare, as it has come to be known. Throughout the country, insurance ...

Growing toward the light

We decided to plant a vegetable garden this year at our house. We’ve attempted this task many times before without much success. Great enthusiasm goes into starting the seeds in windowsill planters while snow is still melting outside. The enthusiasm remains strong as the plants emerge from ...