Editorials and columns

Tangible and intangible realities for APS

Alpena Public School officials are headed on a track that probably will result in a millage request before voters next year. I applaud officials for being very deliberate in their fact-finding efforts thus far. They were indeed smart to incorporate study groups and the public in that ...

13 years later, I’m still thankful for this job

I was 20 years old and working the front desk at a Comfort Inn when I begged my way into a job at the Battle Creek Enquirer. I’d been writing the top editor at the paper since I was 15 or so, telling him how good I was and how he should hire me. I still have the letter he’d written back to ...

Give for Giving Tuesday

Not normally a huge fan of social media, even we have to admit that, with Giving Tuesday, social media has made it a much-anticipated event. Thanks to a social media campaign designed around the popularity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday has become, in our estimation, one of ...

Heller on a not-thankful Friday

Thanksgiving was great, and I have much to be thankful for. Yadda, yadda, yadda. But that was yesterday. Today, perhaps owing to the estimated 6,458,132 calories I consumed Thursday, I’m a little, shall we say, cranky. So today I shall flip the script and deliver unto you in true ...

Core training for faith

For a few years, I watched my mother’s identity slowly fade as her memories and capacities switched off, one after another. It was like the lights of a house shutting down for the night. Martin Luther once said marriage was like a “school of sanctification.” That being said, perhaps ...

A holiday blessing we often overlook

Something that happened last Friday in Wheeling, W.Va., is a reminder of one blessing we often overlook, take for granted, or even insist does not exist. That day, 18 people stood before U.S. District Judge Frederick Stamp at the federal courthouse and took the oath of citizenship to the ...

On Friday, remember your parade etiquette

Not a day goes by where I don’t shake my head and think (and sometimes say), “What is wrong with people?” I’m shaking my head this week as we prepare for the Bolenz Jewelry Christmas parade. I wrote a column similar to this in 2015, but I guess it is time to revisit this topic. ...

Thankful for Northeast Michigan

Northeast Michigan has much to be thankful for. Our unemployment rate, as of August, was 4.6 percent, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. That’s the lowest it’s been since October 2000 —18 years! Our poverty rate was 12.7 percent in 2017, according to the most recent data ...

Get ready for winter

Snow has already flown, but it’s never too late to make sure your home is ready for the frigid air our beautiful Up North winters bring us. Lowe’s offers the following checklist: ∫ Make sure your pipes are insulated or otherwise protected from freezing and bursting ∫ ...

Don’t just say it ­—show it

This week ushers in a surge of thankfulness as we prepare to gather around a big turkey with friends and family and spend a few moments thinking about things we are thankful for. Saying, “I’m grateful for …” and showing how you are grateful are two different things, and only the ...

How much money does it take to make things right?

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene ...

GOP dodges blue wave, but math is for Whitmer

Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer did not have any coattails to drag more Democrats into the legislature. The blue tidal wave the Democrats predicted sort of petered out, so, instead of the D’s picking up nine seats in the House and nine in the Senate to gain control of ...

On pot, the people’s voice should matter

Now that Michigan voters have approved the recreational use of marijuana, local governments will in the coming weeks and months begin making decisions about whether or not they’ll allow businesses within their boundaries to sell the drug commercially. In so doing, we encourage local ...

Today, be a leader for civil discourse

I admit to being a fan of Gov. Rick Snyder. What I appreciate most about him is that he speaks his piece, regardless of the consequences. For him, the cause always has been greater than the party. Snyder this past year has talked a lot about the tone of politics, and he has used his ...

Turn to Page 2 for proof it’s real news

I have to chuckle every time someone uses the phrase “fake news” to describe reports from legitimate news organizations, because there’s such an easy way to tell whether or not it’s “fake.” Turn to Page 2A. In The News and in most every other newspaper in America, there ...

Alcona, hear the voters

The people have spoken. Twice. And, while Alcona County commissioners might not like it, they now have to respect what voters want. In this instance, it is an order for the county to “make do” with the money they have. Rather than approve a 1.0718 millage in August, nor the 1 mill ...

Oh, yeah, I voted 25 times last week

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Ten days after the midterm elections, it’s becoming pretty darned clear that we did, in fact, see a blue wave, of sorts, both nationally and in Michigan. It wasn’t a tsunami-sized wave, but it was close. I like to think the GOP is having a come-to-Jesus ...

Marijuana battles are not over

The advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana were successful in their effort to bring recreational marijuana to the communities of Michigan. In the spirit of good statesmanship, our committee offers congratulations to the “Vote Yes” campaign. Yet, our hearts are extremely heavy ...

NE Michigan proves that every vote counts

We hear it all the time — every vote counts. If ever you doubted that wisdom, however, Northeast Michigan elections in recent years have proven it true. This month’s race for Allis Township supervisor ended in a tie this month, resulting in the two candidates — Republican Bob ...

Don’t drive with your truck tailgate down

I have heard the old wives’ tale that, if you drive a pickup truck with the tailgate down, it’s a great way to increase fuel efficiency. A citizen recently asked about this and said her husband practices that and she stated someone recently told them that it was against the law to drive ...