Editorials and columns

We applaud the plan for Line 5

We applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for hammering out a deal this week with Enbridge Energy officials that will eventually close down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The agreement will result in pipeline safety improvements along Line 5 in Michigan, both on land and underwater, construction of a ...

Legal marijuana would cost us

In one month, Michiganders will go to the polls and vote on proposal 18-1, which would allow individuals over the age of 21 to possess 140 joints and use and sell marijuana candies, cookies, and other highly potent edibles and concentrates. This would be a major mistake that will impact our ...

Enough with ‘gaslighting,’ ‘crush’

Come Heller high water … ∫ Reporters lately are in love with the term “gaslighting.” And yet, how many people know what it means? Not many, I’ll bet. I didn’t. I knew it meant something not good because it’s usually used in reference to the president. But I wasn’t sure what ...

Future-planning is scary, necessary

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Jack Kornfield I know I thought I had time. It’s an illusion I held onto until someone very dear to me suffered a severe brain injury following a series of strokes at the age of 34. Life as he knew it—and life as all of us who love him ...

Learn how to prevent fires

October is Fire Prevention Month in Michigan and it’s a good time to take stock of the safety features around your home. State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer said “Michiganders are urged to look for places fire could start in their homes and fix any potential fire hazards; listen for the ...

When pickup tailgates have to be up

When citizens are traveling with items in the box of their trucks, there are laws that tell you how some items must be transported. This week’s question is about load requirements in a pickup truck. The reader wonders if there are specific tailgate position requirements and load securing ...

Sooner Mueller can end his probe, the better for all

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Unless claims proven, confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. After keeping their information secret since July, Democrats came forward with an allegation by a California ...

Legislators thwart the will of the people

Even though it is part of my job to write objectively about public policy developments, sometimes it is difficult. When lawmakers use disingenuous means to block the people of Michigan from having a say on popular initiatives, as they did earlier this year on a minimum wage proposal, I get ...

Forest fire season is now year-round

Richard Manning is an authentic Manning Hill Manning. These are people not easily dissuaded from a task. If they get pointed in a direction, they will tell you clearly what they see, and if something has to be torn down or built up, they can do that. Of such attributes, insightful writers and ...

Trump was right on Iran’s nuclear plans

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

Get a flu shot for your loved ones

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Pros and cons voting for your favorite

By this point in the campaign the vast majority of folks would recognize Gretchen Whitmer or Bill Schuette if they walked in the room. But if the typical voters who support them walked in the room you would not recognize them because no one has taken a snap shot of who they are ... until ...

Why was Nathan Skibbe on Page 1A?

Last year in Michigan, police arrested 32,468 people for drunk driving-related offenses, the Michigan State Police says in its 2017 annual drunk driving audit. That included a combined 250 people in Alpena, Presque Isle, Montmorency and Alcona counties. There were not 32,000 front-page ...

Alpena is a port worth calling

Imagine Alpena growing by 420 people next week. That will indeed happen on Monday, when the German cruise ship MS Hamburg stops in Alpena for the majority of the day. The cruise ship is the largest on the Great Lakes and should make for an impressive site moored in the Thunder Bay River. ...

Vote ‘yes’ this November 6 for Proposal 3

Promote the Vote, a ballot initiative supported by The League of Women Voters, along with other sponsors, collected over 430,000 signatures to have this proposal put on the November ballot. Only 315,654 valid signatures were required. Proposal 3 will create a voting system that works for all ...

‘Boys will be boys’ a bad excuse

Come Heller high water ... ∫ During a CNN interview, former Florida Republican congressional candidate Gina Sosa suggested all high school boys have done what Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of doing. “We’re talking about a 17-year-old boy in high school with ...

As the Russian said, ‘Men have forgotten God’

In 1993, Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, of Gulag Archipelago fame, said, “If I were called upon to summarize briefly the principal trait of the entire 20th Century, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.” ...

The foundations of a great downtown

Imagine a downtown. A downtown filled with historic buildings unlike anywhere else, which mark its past and current status as an economic hub for the region, from a luxurious 1920s skyscraper filled with Italian marble, African mahogany, and a ballroom on top, to historic movie houses, ...

Participate in school facility brainstorming

Do you want to stay on the sidelines or play in the game? That is our sports analogy this morning regarding meetings that Alpena Public Schools officials are holding around the county. Officials, as they plan for the future, are seeking input as to what the public sees as feasible for ...