Editorials and columns

Clinton’s claims may have backfired on her

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

The role of state board of ed

The state board of education is the Rodney Dangerfield of state government; it can't get no (sic) respect. In fact the lack of respect is so bad, there's a move afoot to send it to the political graveyard without a proper burial. The framers of the 1963 Michigan Constitution decided that ...

Webster, Fox shining examples of quality local law enforcement officers

Our region is blessed to have caring law enforcement officers working here. Two of the best of this bunch are Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers William Webster in Alpena County and Paul Fox in Presque Isle County. The two officers recently were honored for their ...

Getting some of the Angry Andy

Come Heller high water … It's been more than three weeks since the Las Vegas slaughter. So is now the right time to have that talk we were all promised about gun control? Congress ... hello? Mr. President ... knock-knock, are you there? Just as I thought. Once again we fell for the old ...

Damaged mural should be replaced

Shock. Sadness. Tears. It was an emotional day for many Tuesday as people learned that the 3D fish mural at the Chisholm Street pocket park had been ripped apart, taking much of the brick wall of The Local Basket Case with it. Alpena Building Official Don Gilmet said several things ...

Investigators have plenty of questions they need to ask in Weistein case

For years, former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly harassed women sexually, assaulting many of them. Now, his company has fired him and, on both coasts, officials are looking into whether he can be prosecuted. You will have to pardon the many women who say Weinstein assaulted them ...

The plan for area artwork

I hold in high regard the people who see a need, and jump in to address it rather than waiting for, or expecting someone else to take care of it. Even more impressive are the people who go about that kind of work quietly and don’t do it for attention or the recognition. Seemingly ...

UN barely better than thugs it appoints

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and ...

October 31 in a small town

Halloween is in my top 10 list of things I love about living in a small town. Growing up in the country, trick-or-treating was a social occasion. Trick-or-treating by foot across the countryside meant you could visit maybe four houses before dark. So, we trick-or-treated by car. My parents ...

People like Wright are IS recruitment targets

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

The bonus that stirred up Lansing

The phone rang last week from a deeply embedded long-time source in the state bureaucracy. "Did you know the state Civil Rights Commission has given a $24,700 bonus to the executive director?" Of course, the reporter did not. "They did it during a closed-door meeting and I thought you ...

Print still has a place, role in our lives

No, I didn’t walk two miles uphill with no shoes on to school. But, “back in the day” when I was growing up the closest thing to today’s Internet probably was the U.S. Mail. As a youngster obviously I was not caring at all about the bills the postal carrier might bring with him to the ...

Sci-fi gives a grim look for future

I just watched "Blade Runner 2049" and loved it. But I have a question: Why are almost all movies about the future relentlessly grim (movie critics prefer the word "dystopian" because movie critics like you to think they're smart by using big words when little words will do, but to save you ...

Believe in God’s grace

In his book, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace, James Montgomery Boice wrote, "When the Reformers like Martin Luther spoke about 'grace alone' (sola gratia), they were saying that sinners have no claim upon God whatsoever. None at all. Instead, God owes them nothing but punishment for ...

Journaling still a trend?

Thinking back to elementary/early middle school, I can count on one hand of journals I had filled with my chicken scratch of handwriting from the first page, to the last. In the process of helping my mother move, I found these long lost old friends. I couldn’t believe how much things had ...

Alpena to play role in Mars mission

In September of 2000 Johnathan Rand had published the fourth installment in his best selling Michigan Chillers series - Aliens Attack Alpena. It was a story of two local children - Mark and Meghan - who stumble across an alien spaceship that crashed in the woods after a meteor streaked across ...

Let’s use common sense

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year's feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity ...

Law on school bus flashing lights

With the start of another school year, this topic comes up again: School buses and vehicles running the flashing lights on stops where kids are getting on the buses. It has been brought to our attention at the Michigan State Police Alpena Post that people still do not have a clear ...

Al-Shabab must be brought to justice

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such ...

Truth found in the smells from a live auction

“All animals auctioned by 100 pound weight except goats or as announced.” (Notice at Northern Michigan Livestock Auction) This notice reminds me of the one posted by The Hat Creek Cattle Company in the novel, Lonesome Dove: “For sale — Cattle and Horses. For rent — Horses and ...