Editorials and columns

Mindful development, sustainable growth

About 15 years ago I attended an economic development workshop with a city planner from the downstate metro area who spoke of opportunities to improve Alpena. He showed a map of Alpena color-coded for business/industry, residential, and public space. He asked us what was bothersome about the ...

Trump’s accusations go from ‘fake news’ to witch hunt

WASHINGTON — Conspiracies. Secret societies. Witch hunts. During the past year, we’ve heard reference to all of the above to explain away any suggestion of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Allegedly, there’s a secret society within ...

Trump should stand his ground on America first

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do ...

Challenging year for lame duck gov?

There is probably not a living governor who cherishes the title "Lame Duck." That means he or she is in their final term and is perceived to have less power than when they came into office. That often hampers their ability to push their agenda during their final year in office as lawmakers, ...

Humane society needs to re-establish public’s trust

The Huron Humane Society’s image is in need of some polishing. This past year has been filled with challenges for many who are affiliated with the organization. It is not our intention to choose sides in who is right and who is wrong in these disagreements. What we do know, however, is ...

Good community government at work

I love it when community government works the way it should. A perfect example of that was Thursday in Alpena when city officials held a public hearing on its master plan regarding a possible recreational vehicle park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park. The hearing was well promoted and the audience ...

If Trump really testifies under oath

Come Heller high water … ∫ Trump says he'll testify under oath with Robert Mueller. Show of hands: If he does, will he tell the truth? ∫ Anybody? Hello? ∫ Well, when you lie for a living (2,000 documented whoppers since he took office), I guess it'd be surprising if anyone ...

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Roman Catholic liturgical year, this Sunday — Jan. 28, 2018 — is the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. And the gospel we read from in this second year of the Lectionary 3-year cycle, is primarily from the Gospel of Mark. On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear (Mark 1:21-28) that ...

A lot has changed with lake levels in the last 5 years

Five years ago Squaw Bay was mostly bone dry, some rocks in Thunder Bay were barely below the waterline and lake shoreline extended well out for what seemed like miles before hitting water. In five short years all that has changed. Today Squaw Bay is full of water, Thunder Bay is deep and ...

Lighting requirements on vehicles

This week’s question has a couple parts. First, “Are “smoked” or tinted headlight and taillight covers legal?” The second part, “What is the requirement for headlights in regards to sunrise or sunset and bad weather?” Looking at the Michigan Vehicle Code, MCL 257.699 ...

Don’t be fooled by Schumer’s theatrics

Perhaps some liberal voters will be fooled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “coup” on Monday. Thoughtful Americans will not. After a weekend “government shutdown” provoked by Schumer, D-N.Y., and fellow Democrat hardliners, the Senate voted Monday to approve a spending ...

Texas shooting a reminder of potential dangers

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Township or city, you decide

It’s been cold. A good time to stay inside and hide from so much that needs to be hidden from. Time to slip off the shoes, ease into the recliner, adopt a winter relaxation mode allowing only the innocence of the local news. Thus reclined, imagine my surprise at this local news headline: ...

Build infrastructure to guide kayakers

Traverse City’s move to build kayak access points along the Boardman River promises smoother sailing for a thriving recreation thoroughfare. City commissioners this week supported a plan to designate an official river trail to connect the south end of Boardman Lake with the river mouth in ...

Entertainers changes in attitude is all about protecting themselves

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Not a good week for the governor

There's an old saying in town that it's the governor's job to propose stuff to do and it's the legislature's assignment to dispose of same. But it looks like the legislature is proposing and disposing while the hapless lame duck governor watches from the sidelines. To wit: This past week, ...

Task force shows bi-partisanship alive and working

In these days where one politician seems to only want to “show up” another, bi-partisanship at times seems extinct at the federal level. Thankfully that is not always the case, as one area where legislators on both sides of the aisle seem to join forces and work together is preservation ...

Film festival set to entertain again

It’s time to roll out the red carpet in Alpena. While it might not garner the prestige of the Cannes Film Festival in France or the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the Thunder Bay International Film Festival has quite a following all its own and is attracting visitors from all over. As ...

Don’t understand ‘The Bachelor’

"The Bachelor" is on again, which is wonderful. No, I don't "like" the show. I'm a guy. If I liked the show I'd have to turn in my man card. But I do really, really, really like messing with the lovely yet formidable Marcia, a lifelong feminist who, oddly enough, positively loves the ...

Everybody wins with partnership

There’s nothing like learning at an early age the value of partnerships. That’s a life lesson the students of Tina DenBleyker’s third grade class at Lincoln Elementary are learning as they team up with the Alpena Rotary Club to help clean up the club’s Rotary Mill Island. Last ...