Editorials and columns

Change needed to ensure NCAA remains truly amateurs only

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

Taking issue with avoiding state issues

TV debate moderator: Mr. Pensler. As a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, what is your position on allowing guns in schools? Sandy Pensler: I am not taking any positions on state issues. Moderator: Mr. Pensler, what is your stance on raising taxes to fund mass transit? Mr. Pensler: ...

Tell commissioners your thoughts on airport schedule

Let’s hear from the public what they want in air service at Alpena County Regional Airport. That was the decision of Alpena County commissioners this week — one we think was a good idea. The commissioners asked for, and were granted, an extra week to make their recommendation to the ...

Oh, the weather in northern Michigan

Everyone loves to talk about the weather. Thus, if I were to ask you to remember back to this point two weeks ago, you would sigh and think “Oh my yes, that snow was terrible!” A week ago sports fields still were covered in snow. In fact, as of earlier this week a major portion of ...

Naked and afraid, but still successful

Have you ever seen the show “Naked and Afraid?” The first time I heard of it I laughed about how ridiculous it sounded. They will create a show about anything. Then I saw it once. And then several more times. It’s an interesting show. I have no desire to be on the show (the thought of ...

Consultant efffect, Nestle neglect

Come Heller high water… ∫ I can always smell the aroma of consultants when it comes to media. What they've ruined most recently are sports highlight shows, which now, as if by law, have to include loud, thumping music during highlights, loud, obnoxious ex-jocks hee-hawing about the ...

ACC students win championship

Alpena Community College’s utility tech students are at it again, bringing home first place from the College Powerline Rodeo held earlier this month in Nebraska. ACC has an impressive history in this competition, winning first place in 2010 and 2015 as well. The success of the students ...

It’s a place you have to visit to begin to understand

If you visit Google and begin typing “rural America” in the search bar, Google will offer you some suggestions on what you may be looking for: “Rural America dying,” “Decline of Rural America,” “Rural America is the new inner city.” These are popular topics and phrases that ...

Wells Fargo agrees to record fine of $1B

Big government’s standard answer for any problem is to insist it needs more power, usually in the form of additional burdensome regulations. Time and time again, however, the public sees clearly that the problem is ineffective enforcement of existing rules. The ongoing scandal involving ...

You might be a working parent if…

Little did I know how much my life would change when I had children. I thought I was busy before I had kids but now it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish tasks and I am never “caught up”. And, my personal free time is stuck in a tar pit somewhere next to the ...

Who is playing games? Kim or Trump?

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

Prison food service back on gov’s plate

Gov. Rick Snyder never wanted to go there in the first place but instead of digging in to oppose it he relented to his "legislative partners" and signed legislation to privatize the food service in the state prison system. And then the fun began. Too bad nobody was around to remind this ...

Don’t accept Kim at face value

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, ...

Well-deserved honor for Krawczak

Congratulations to Alpena News columnist Jackie Krawczak, who recently received an “Outstanding Young Michigander” award from the state Jaycees. Krawczak, who serves as president/CEO of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, is a worthy recipient of the honor. During her tenure at the ...

April snowstorm not to be forgotten

It takes a special person to call Up North home. This past weekend was one reason — albeit a major one — of why that is true. It isn’t everyone who can mentally deal with a constant National Weather Service winter storm warning that began at 8 p.m. Thursday and continued through 8 p.m. ...

If we have 52 states what happens to our flag?

In September 2014, Scotland held a referendum for independence from the United Kingdom that ultimately was defeated by almost 400,000 votes. Leading up to the vote, there was some trepidation that if it had succeeded then other regions in Europe would hold similar votes. Then Brexit ...

Nothing to like about April snow

The weather in Michigan this April has made just about everybody crazy. After five long months of winter glop already, a sixth seems like some kind of sick punishment. Everyone is tired of it. Except for the incessantly positive people, of course. I ran into one of these ridiculous ...

Tending the flock

In the Roman Catholic liturgical and lectionary calendar, the fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, and in the Gospel for this Sunday — April 22, 2018 — we hear Jesus describe himself as the good shepherd who willingly lays down his life for his sheep (John ...

Good luck to area teams at world championship

While it may seem like “old hat” to many of us, it is anything but for several Alpena High School students who return to the FIRST Robotics World Championship. Alpena Team 5505, V2 Robotics, walked away from the state championship last weekend with more than enough points to quality it ...

Rules when workers are present

With spring weather upon us, it means the road construction season is right around the corner. At a presentation, I was asked, “What does ‘workers present’ mean in construction zones? Is it the immediate area workers are in, or is the speed zone in effect the rest of the work zone ...