Editorials and columns

We salute robotics teams and coaches this weekend

Starting today, Alpena again rolls out the welcome mat to visiting robotics teams from across the state. Like last weekend, the Alpena High School is host again to a district competition of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics teams. The competition is ...

What I’d do if I won the lottery …

As I am writing this, the Michigan Powerball Lottery jackpot is estimated to be at $750 million for the Wednesday night drawing. By the time you read this, you will know whether you won or not. I suspect that, if you are reading this, you probably did not win, because your mind would likely ...

Thanks, Optimist Club, for spring break fun

We at The News are thankful to live in a community that is so giving to its residents. From nonprofits helping put food on residents’ tables to donors helping to make gifts such as the splash pad at Starlite Beach possible, we are joyful every time we get to write a congratulatory note to ...

Make Mueller report public

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national ...

You are not a hiccup wizard

When I used to teach customer service workshops many years ago, I shared some general customer service statistics: If someone has an unfortunate experience at a business, they will, on average, tell 10 or more people all about every last terrible detail. If someone has a positive experience at ...

Helping adults go back to school

While our economy has started to rebound in many areas, Michigan still faces a big problem — we don’t currently have the qualified workers to fill jobs in the industries that are growing the most in this state. And, while a higher education degree or credential is the key to connecting the ...

Systemic approach to health needed

Residents in Presque Isle, Montmorency and Alcona counties are becoming less healthy when compared to their peers across the state, according to a study detailed in Monday’s edition of The News by reporter Crystal Nelson. Alcona County saw its ranking slide to 76 this year, from 43 last ...

What four old pals can teach Gov. Whitmer, the Legislature

There was nearly 100 years in political experience sitting around the Off the Record table in Studio C the other day as four former state Senate leaders demonstrated how the system is supposed to work. They laughed, they did a little pontificating, they were a living witness to their ...

Stop the Bleed a sadly important lesson

Last week, Julie Riddle reported on a new program, called Stop the Bleed, that is training Alpena County employees to respond to active shooters and other emergencies by treating injured persons in a way that effectively prevents blood loss. The program, offered through the MidMichigan ...

Intrigued, hopeful about Alpena spaceport

Life is full of firsts, regardless of one’s age. A first of mine in recent years was watching a rocket launch a satellite into space from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Standing in the sand at Cocoa Beach, I watched the bright flare from the rocket as it lit up the night sky. The sound of the ...

‘Man bites dog,’ or: What makes it news?

One of my favorite books is “Detroit: An American Autopsy,” by former Detroit News reporter Charlie LeDuff. At one point in the book, LeDuff describes a dead man found frozen in a block of ice at the bottom of a flooded elevator shaft in one of the city’s many gutted, vacant ...

Conservative approach to abatements works well

There is no in-between. When it comes to tax abatements, you either “love them” or “hate them.” Like it or not, however, tax abatements are one of the most important tools an economic developer has. In the economic development world, they often are the “icing to the cake” in ...

An uncomfortable study of dog behavior

One of the things the lovely-yet-formidable Marcia loves most about me is how I’m always generously sharing fascinating news articles with her, regardless of what she’s doing at the time. For instance, the other day, I said, “Listen to this: These researchers at Michigan State ...

Celebrating hospice care near Doctor’s Day

When hospice made its way to American shores from the United Kingdom in the late 1970s, the fledgling movement emphasized compassionate bedside nursing care with minimal medical intervention, generally delivered by a doctor retired from another form of medicine. Fast-forward nearly 50 years, ...

The heavens declare the glory of God

“We really should go to bed,” I said to my husband drowsily. Yes, it was warm and cozy by the fireplace, but the hour was late and we needed to get up early the next morning. As I roused myself to head upstairs, the brightness of the night caught my eye and drew me to the window. ...

Smiling at the state of the city

Hats off to Alpena City Manager Greg Sundin for another excellent “State of the City” report. The 18-page report can be found on the city’s website and we would encourage residents to review it. There is a lot of talk about transparency in government these days, but Sundin, during ...

Excuse me. So sorry. Excuse me.

Until this week, I’d never witnessed this on a plane. I’d read numerous stories and essays about passengers trying to shame seatmates for their weight, but I was not prepared for what that sounds like or how it looks. We were a full plane, except for a single open seat in first class. I ...

Southern Poverty Law Center designates itself a hate group

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated itself an organization hostile to women and people of color. It fired its co-founder Morris Dees for unexplained reasons and removed his bio from its website at the same time it pledged to train its management in “racial equity, inclusion and ...

Liberal fascists ambush Chelsea Clinton at vigil for New Zealand

I recently joined the board of the Leadership Institute, which sponsors Campus Reform, an important website for college news. Campus Reform is a “watchdog to the nation’s higher education system,” exposing bias and abuse on college campuses. American universities have too often ...

Cited for driving violation in private lot?

Today’s topic came to me by email. “I am encountering so many people, young and old alike, using the Walmart parking lot for cut across,” a resident wrote. “They do not use the lanes created for driving up and down, they cut across parking spots, then look at you like you’re in the ...