Editorials and columns

More propaganda aimed at Israel likely to begin

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Memories of bus rides during my years in school

Standing at the end of my country driveway, Gerri the bus driver talked to me through the window. She was trying to coax me off my bicycle and onto the big yellow bus. I remember the way the breeze felt on my face. I can still hear the rustling of the wildflowers in the field; alfalfa, clover, ...

No getting around it, Congress will raise debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Afghanistan needs to up its efforts to help US

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action against ...

We need more love in the world and less hate

Your editorial in today’s paper (8-19-17) expresses my feelings exactly. Who could have imagined that those of us who grew up in the 60s would see our grandchildren living with the same civil unrest, rampant drug and substance abuse, and such hatred and bigotry as we see in our country ...

Medical marijuana will wind up being big election story

Lots of folks in town believe the big story will be the race for governor but the real sleeper issue that is slowly unfolding has nothing to do with that. It has to do with medical pot. With literally millions of dollars to be made, watch this one because everybody and his uncle wants to ...

Downtown two-way traffic thrown a curveball by councilwoman

Sometimes life throws you a curveball. Alpena officials got thrown one this week regarding two-way traffic in downtown. And, from the looks of things, it appears two-way traffic for downtown could officially be a dead issue within a couple of weeks. At Monday’s council meeting ...

Better odds than those for Powerball

The ship sailed without me this week regarding using Powerball lottery winnings to fund my retirement plans. I sat this week dreaming about what retirement would look like should I run out and purchase a Powerball ticket. More time for fishing — check. More time for travel — check. ...

Our trust in God

Last month I shared one contribution of the Reformation to the Church ... the "theology of the cross." As we move ever closer to the 500th anniversary of its focal event in Wittenberg, Germany, this Oct. 31, it's helpful to be reminded of the Reformation's impact on the Christian Church. It is ...

City makes right call with goose hunts

Yes, there has been more of that dreaded goose grease in Alpena this year. Alpena Building Inspector Don Gilmet confirmed that fact to council this week as members voted 3-2 to hold a pair of controlled goose hunts within the city next month. The number of hunters also will increase for the ...

Trump sets realistic Afghanistan strategy

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald ...

Historical/authentic license plate laws

A reader said they have recently seen a few historic, restored vehicles with historical or authentic license plates that were painted to match the vehicle paint. The reader wanted to know if this was legal and what the requirements are to legally use a historic or an authentic license plate. ...

McCain, tanker collision another sign military is always in harm’s way

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the weekend collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look ...

Traveling along old roads

We shouldn’t, but we take some roads for granted. Those stretches of lane combinations running to and from the places to which such roads take us. But a road can be a way: your way, my way, another’s way. It can guide a forward looking vision or be a way determined by a memory. Some ...

It can’t be same old approach to North Korea this time

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications last week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Issues get missed by non-politicians

In politics what you don't know could hurt you but if you spin it right, it can actually help. One of the most embarrassing moments for an elected official is to admit he or she does not know something. For some reason the public super imposes on them a standard that nobody can meet, i.e. ...

No telling how a jail millage will be received

Are Alpena County commissioners making the right decision by holding a special election in November to vote on millage needed for a new jail? We hope so, and assume they are confident in their actions. We believe the question is a fair one, however, after the county’s finance committee this ...

Unimaginable has become very real

I always thought I grew up in a crazy time of our country’s history. I was sent home in first grade early from school as my teacher cried in front of the class, telling us “something terrible” had happened to the president. It was the first of a trio of assassinations that would rob ...

Trump and the alt-right fringe

Donald Trump's mouth-foaming press conference is turning out to be a very good thing for this country. Say what? Yes, a good thing. For decades now, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Confederate wannabes have existed on the far flung fringes of society, occasionally popping up at rally ...

Moths and windowpanes

Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. Psalm 60:5 It was a day for exploring. The little watchtower on the hill invited us in, the locked latch on the door willingly giving way to our tugging fingers. Inside it was cool and dim. The floor was ...