Editorials and columns

Traveling in vehicle with bright lights

“When is it appropriate to turn on your high beam lights when other vehicles are present on the roadway?” was a citizen’s question. Another asked what the law states in relationship to turning your high beam lights on when following another vehicle. This is definitely a topic that people ...

Trump should make global coordination in battle against disease a priority

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada last week. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Don’t stop helping just because Christmas is gone

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Doing a good job voting

Now that the voting is over and things have settled somewhat I can write about voting. Had I done so earlier I may have gotten myself in trouble. Even now, I’m taking a risk. Here’s something my old friend John used to say: “Pugh” he’d say, “Engineers are very smart people. They ...

Statistics don’t mean anything when it comes to terrorists

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished in ...

An evening with Gov. Snyder

For those of you looking for a dynamic and a deep dive into the weeds of this wacky political years of 2016, stop looking. This ain't it. Instead for your holiday reading enjoyment something a little more light-hearted from the guy who had the toughest year of his political career. Nobody ...

Peace, blessings to you at Christmas

The stockings have been hung by the chimney with care ... and all across Northeast Michigan residents wait in eager anticipation. On this Christmas Eve, 2016, we share our Christmas greetings and wishes with readers. For most of us, this has been a year filled with both joys and heartaches, ...

A tasty trip down memory lane

Sometimes memories of Christmases past provide wonderful settings for the present. Gene Beal, a former Alpena resident who is retired and now living in Fennville believes so. The former employee at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena enjoys history, and recently while going through his ...

Open letter to Santa just before Christmas

Dear Santa, I know it's been a while since I last wrote a letter, but you understand that I didn't want to bother you because I didn't really need much and others needed so much more. At least this time it isn't written in crayon and you should be able to read it all. Hopefully there aren't ...

Lean on fitness during the holidays

The holidays are a time of reflection, faith, hope and celebrating all we have in our lives. But the holidays can also be stressful. There is added pressure on people's finances and time. People can feel rushed, overwhelmed or burnt out. The holidays can be wrought with sadness for those who ...

Christmas and babies

A memory from a Christmastime 11 years ago: The family was sitting together in the living room. The time for The Big Announcement had come. “So,” I said to the kids. “What would you think about having another person come to live in our house with us?” Our agreeable daughter gave ...

Longing for one more kid Christmas

Dear Santa: If I could have one thing for Christmas this year, I wouldn't ask for a car. I wouldn't ask for world peace. I wouldn't ask for a winning lottery ticket. I would ask to feel like my 10-year-old self on Christmas just one more time. I would ask for the smell of the Scotch pine ...

A story worthy of Paul Harvey’s telling

Popular radio host Paul Harvey was best known for his “The Rest of the Story” programs. We’ve got our own “Rest of the Story” segment with Presque Isle County’s Harold Newhouse. Newhouse was walking along Rogers City High School’s athletic trophy cases recently while waiting ...

Light displays make holiday festive

Alpena is a community that really gets into the Christmas decorating spirit. I know other communities have people who decorate their houses too, but I can't speak to those communities since I don't go to them at night very often. But Alpena ... Drive around at night and you will see light ...

Obama faces difficult choice with decision on Colemans

President Barack Obama may have to make a heartbreaking decision before he leaves office. It is whether to leave an American woman, her husband and her children in the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan — or risk many other lives by getting them released. More than four years ago, Caitlan ...

An end of the year cliche

I don’t like being cliche, but this is my last column for 2016 and I must have been bit by the nostalgia and holiday cheer bug. So you are getting cliche today. Day to day I often feel like I am not doing enough. Sometimes I intend to get a whole list of things done — laundry, wash the ...

Songs of the season filled with joy … and a message

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Do They Know It's Christmas” by Band Aid. The song wasn't really intended to be a Christmas song, but rather a way to capitalize on the festive atmosphere of the holiday to shine a spotlight on and show that not everyone is able to enjoy the kind of ...

It’s time to display our Christmas spirit

Area residents have a special opportunity to display our holiday spirit in the days ahead. An unfortunate fire Sunday at the Carriage House Apartments has left 26 families homeless until repairs can be made to their apartments. The work is expected to take several weeks, however, as there was ...

Family helps to make Christmas special

In Mancelona when I was a senior in high school, and then when I returned home for summer break during college, I had my bedroom in the basement. We also had a large family room downstairs and this is where we celebrated Christmas, opening our gifts, etc. When the heat was turned down, it could ...

Rick Perry to restore sensible energy policy

Coal miners and tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable electricity have few friends in Washington. One ally on which they should have been able to count, the U.S. Department of Energy, has been missing in inaction for nearly eight years. That should change early next year, ...