Editorials and columns

Miss Michigan reps our state well

Miss Michigan didn’t win the Miss America pageant last week, but she did win a bigger prize, I figure. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. You probably didn’t see the pageant. Relatively few did. The ratings said about 4 million TVs were tuned to it, down about 20 percent from the previous year, which was ...

What a mess

I started a new job recently. To earn an income while I’m working on launching a freelancing business, I signed up to clean rooms at a local motel. (It’s actually a pretty funny choice of jobs. My family and our pet dust bunnies will attest that, at home, I’m not exactly the world’s ...

Make sure you’re ready for disaster

As Hurricane Florence unleashes her fury on the East Coast, it is a good time to ask yourself, “If a natural disaster struck Northeast Michigan, would I be prepared?” None of us likes to consider a disaster occurring here. Yet, none of us are immune from that possibility. With September ...

NY Times was wrong to run unnamed op-ed

It is a rare day, indeed, that I disagree with the Gray Lady, but the venerable New York Times was wrong to run an anonymous opinion piece earlier this month. For those who missed it, the Times on Sept. 5 ran on its opinion pages an editorial penned by someone identified only as a “senior ...

We urge you to unite with the United Way

Last week, the 2018 campaign by the United Way for Northeast Michigan got underway, and the goal for the campaign is impressive — $217,000. The 2017 goal was $215,000 and, ultimately, $219,348 was raised to assist local public service agencies associated with United Way. This year’s ...

Don’t put question mark when God puts period

When my sister was killed, I was grasping to make sense of the situation. It wasn’t fair, it wasn’t logical, it wasn’t right. Although it still doesn’t make sense and is still extremely emotional and senseless, I was offered advice from someone that helped me move forward without ...

Washington: The world capital of hypocrisy on ethics

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Making a statement to protect our resources

Did you hear about Miss Michigan’s statement during the Miss America pageant this past weekend? While introducing herself, she said, “From the state with 84% of the U.S. freshwater but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.” I heard about this statement that ...

And the losers are second-guessing …

The political landscape is strewn these days with political losers who are left to battle two illnesses. First, they are trying to heal the wounds inflicted by their opponents and, secondly, they battle the self-inflicted disease of second-guessing, the symptoms of which are very clear: You ...

Why isn’t Detroit making better use of all its money? 

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Change is good, even when it costs a bit more

I’m sure that you, like me, occasionally stop and reflect upon all the changes that have occurred in our region over the years. Recently, Diane was working on a story about genealogy and, as she was sharing with me how interesting the interview had gone, she also said, “You know where ...

Journalists are biased, but not how you think

Earlier this week, a reader took to Twitter to criticize the headline on our story about the Alpena Municipal Council’s consideration of a smoking ban in public parks. The reader said the headline, “Snuffing smokers,” showed an anti-smoker bias. I had to chuckle. The story was written ...

Goose hunts unfortunate but necessary for Alpena

If you gaggle (a group of geese on land) or google “Canada geese,” you quickly discover municipalities across the U.S. are quick to cry “fowl” over problems with them. “Long Island town struggling in battle against Canada Geese...” “Canada geese have taken over a park in ...

Lessons we must learn from a presidential assassination

Leon Czolgosz is one of Alpena’s more infamous natives. While many would just as soon forget him, to do so would be a mistake. With one shot, Czolgosz helped change U.S. history. With one shot, he assassinated a president. Czolgosz shot twice that fateful day in Buffalo at the ...

Driving with headphones? It’s tricky

A reader emailed the following question: Is it legal for a driver to wear headphones or earbuds while driving? Example given was, they enjoy listening to books on tape but do not want to make the rest of the car have to listen to it with them. The hard part with this one is that there in no ...

U.S. policy must continue to battle ills of socialism

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

A consideration of Supreme Court justices

There has been talk of judges, pedigreed judges, those considered for a position as justice of the United States Supreme Court. These are folks with rarefied educations who have been doctrinally vetted post-grad. People who, when greeted with the salutation, “Hey, you, you with the ...

Trump is right to up the ante on Kim

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

Eligibility questions hurt El-Sayed camp

It’s the day after the night before and they are picking up the pieces inside the Abdul El-Sayed campaign after the Aug. 7 vote. The guy who finished second in the Democratic primary for governor is fielding all sorts of “I’m sorry we let you down” apologies from his now-former campaign ...

Connections made, why I love The News

I love a great mystery and I love history. When the two are rolled into one that also involves a newspaper at the center of the story, I feel like I just won the lottery. This week, readers were treated to two special stories on consecutive days as Alpena resident Brad Wheelock reached ...