Editorials and columns

Hear the message or not, it is up to you

Why is it that some people can hear the same message repeatedly but still not act on it or believe it? Even if it comes from a successful, humble, kind person? The Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Roger Wood, retired CEO of the Dana Corporation (a $7 billion company with over 23,000 ...

King’s legacy not forgotten

Monday, area students reminded us what a rich and wonderful legacy Dr. Martin Luther King left behind. Four winners of an essay contest remembering King’s legacy - two from Thunder Bay Junior High and two from Alpena High School - shared their writings with an audience at Alpena Community ...

Wrong place or wrong idea?

Questions come to mind when I’m asked to share thoughts on the proposed RV Park at Mich-e-ke-wis. Considering that my husband leases a building within proximity to this proposed RV park, it would provide a captive audience for summer equipment rental. But in my opinion, it would not be the ...

Immigration compromises that could make sense

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

The robot theory behind Trump’s win

A political pundit was hired by a midwest TV outlet to come in on election night and pontificate on the Trump vs. Hillary election. The guy wasn't in the newsroom two minutes when folks came up asking the obvious question: Who is going to win in Michigan? Recall the prevailing winds on ...

Foundations helping our communities prosper

Foundations can make a huge difference for those they choose to make awards to. Over the years a number of area governments, public service agencies and special projects have benefited from their gifts. This week Alpena Public Schools was the latest recipient of a foundation’s generosity, ...

Mich-e-ke-wis not right for RV park

It’s back! Talk of a recreational vehicle park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park has surfaced again, with City of Alpena officials planning to hold a special council meeting on the subject Jan. 25 at the APlex. Talk of a RV park along Thunder Bay is like greasy food — it keeps coming up in ...

Satisfaction

My parents were not big fans of the Rolling Stones. When Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote the song that would become their first No. 1 hit in the United States, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," people were appalled at its graphic frankness. The car radio would be turned off by my dad. Yet ...

Alpena’s incubator proves successful

Business incubators provide a valuable service in communities. By sharing common services like phone lines, secretaries, copy machines, utilities, etc., small start-ups can share space under one roof until they become self sufficient and are able to branch out into bigger and better ...

Another reason to repeal Obamacare

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, ...

Regulations on fishing shanties on ice

This week’s question came in before the new year prior to the extreme cold weather we have had the last few weeks. The question was, “When is it legal to place an ice shanty on the ice for the year? When does the shanty have to be removed from the ice, and if it is not removed, then what ...

Iran foreign minister warning highlights issues with Middle East unrest

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister ...

A useful decision-making tool

Well, here goes, an attempt to effectively resolve diverse concerns by finding an overarching decision making tool. One of those concerns involves a small-lobed personally problematic object of limited function. Another is a wearying parade of polarizing propositions. I’ll start with ...

Kim is the bad guy, not Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat ...

Staying vigilant with Kim should be a high priority

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

What will drive the off-year elections?

A favorite game in this town is to ponder what impact, if any, ballot proposals have on elections. Do voters flock to the polls because of this issue or that being on the ballot and then hang around to vote for this candidate or that, or are ballot issues a non-factor? Democrats will make a ...

Keep communication open to help kids stay clear of Blue Whale

On the surface it sounds harmless enough. After all, what child isn’t going to be enamored with a blue whale? But parents beware — the Blue Whale Challenge is anything but “kid friendly.” Instead, it is dangerous and destructive and in many cases, can lead to suicide. It is an ...

Future of gas prices looks a bit higher

Area motorists like me can’t help but have taken notice of gas prices around the region. With the thought of gas prices hovering around $2.67 a gallon today, I wondered what we all might expect to be paying the rest of the year. When it comes to gas prices, I always turn to ...

How will people remember you after you are gone?

How do you want to be remembered? How will you actually be remembered? The two aren't the same. Even though we'd like to be remembered the way we want to think we will be remembered, chances are it won't be that way. Our perception of ourselves is probably higher than what those who know ...

Time for the Masters to slow down

There was a 40-vehicle pile-up on US-31 near Muskegon last weekend. Police blamed the usual suspects: speed and stupidity. "You've got to take it slow," a local police chief said. "When people get on the highway and the speed limit is 70 miles an hour people think they can drive ...