Editorials and columns

A fitting tribute to Pettalia

Honoring former State Rep. Peter Pettalia with a portion of US-23 named after him seems like a great idea. The section of highway that would be named in his honor would run between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway. “Naming part of that route through Pete’s home county is a fitting tribute ...

A relief effort to make everyone proud

Good news is healthy for the soul. When that news is about the company you work for, it makes it even more enjoyable. This week my spirits were lifted after I learned about a special fundraising project recently conducted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to aid hurricane relief efforts in Puerto ...

Everything old makes me hip again

My adult kids like to tell me I'm old and not very hip. But as usual they're wrong, and I have evidence in the form of the book "The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter," published earlier this year by David Sax. I could kiss this man. His book is all about how old stuff is ...

Make sure you have a fire safety plan for your home

As we near the end of fire prevention week it is a good time to stop and reflect on our living space, and how we are prepared to deal with any emergency there. “Pre-planning is critical and it’s what everyone will draw upon to jump into action and escape as quickly as possible in the ...

Power abused by men in Hollywood

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

Improving emotional intelligence

According to PsychologyToday.com, emotional intelligence is: “...the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and ...

Pompeo’s CIA reform plan one to get behind

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be ...

Saying ‘No’: Lessons in materialism

I’ve been taking a break. It was inspired by unnecessary events taking place in the fall of 2016. I searched high and low for weeks, on the hunt for a specific color of red. I didn’t find them anywhere around town so I also searched online. After many nights of scrolling through the ...

Gov’t needs to be more like banks when it comes to student loans

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

AG race starting to get interesting

The candidates for state attorney general are coming out of the woodwork with more inside. Pat Miles is running. Dana Nessel is running and so are Tom Leonard and Tonya Schuitmaker and you're going who in the heck are they? You're right They are virtually unknown except in their ...

Sheriff’s office takes unique approach to jail millage

We like how Alpena County Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski is working to get a jail millage passed. The sheriff and Undersheriff Terry King have been making the chicken dinner circuit meeting with various groups. At the newspaper’s Senior Expo a few weeks ago the two gave a presentation, then ...

The real problems the NFL faces

The NFL is reportedly having trouble getting enough butts in the seats. Some photos of the stands look like shots of the National Mall during Trump's inauguration — a lot of empty real estate. The national anthem protest is one obvious reason why, which is puzzling to me. If I had ...

I’ve been busy

Language is quite fascinating. There are so many different ways to say hello and to carry on a conversation that makes each greeting very interesting. Eventually, it may lead to what we all like to consider as a form of small talk. What is small talk really? What defines the difference ...

The busy life of being a beekeeper

If you think running a business is hard, try running one where the workers are fiercely independent and come and go as they like. The main forewoman treats herself like royalty and sexism is rampant. Once the male workers under her finish their work, they’re expendable and done away ...

A contrasting look at the world today

They say a photograph is worth a thousand words. If that is true, then two photographs on Thursday’s front page of The News spoke volumes. The photographs offered readers a stark contrast between what is good, and what is wrong in the world today. Pictured prominently on the top half ...

The need for new jail is great

The Alpena County Jail. Probably not a place you give much thought to from day to day, and for sure a place you hope you never have to go. But imagine if you had to go there every day. Imagine if you were employed there. It’s probably not the best sounding place to work for obvious ...

Cooperation by third world countries part of successful equation

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Duties of motorist as it relates to traffic stops

A citizen wrote in expressing the following concern, “In the past few months on different occasions, I have noticed troopers parking in live traffic during traffic stops. Although I understand the concept behind this and can appreciate them using their vehicles for protection from other cars ...

No easy answers to stopping shootings

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...

Wait until investigation is done to draw conclusions

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Today’s newspaper tells the story: More than 50 people ...