Editorials and columns

Republicans should use nuclear option if necessary to confirm Gorsuch

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Following the rules of flags

We have a problem — two problems actually. I hesitate to raise either but facts are facts and if I don’t bring these matters to your attention they could slip by. My concerns are based on a “Ted Talk.” Unfortunately the problems discussed, as they relate to us, are the product of ...

Tackle task of changing health care incrementally

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Great insight not greatly appreciated

The problem with some people is they don't appreciate great insight when they hear it. For instance, I was watching "The Walking Dead" with the lovely yet formidable Marcia when I said "Why are the living people afraid of the zombie people when the zombie people are so dumb and slow? I ...

HUNT serves important role in our community

When the commander of the local Huron Undercover Narcotics Team warns the public of a growing drug problem that borders on an epidemic, we think it would be the wise resident who would take that person at his word. Such was the message delivered by Commander Stuart Sharp recently to public ...

Aid should come with expectation of proper spending

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Why do you volunteer?

Why do you volunteer? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Mostly because my schedule has gotten over-booked and I am finding the need to scale back on some of my commitments. There are a few things I want to get to that I simply have not had time for and it is leading me to ...

Eliminating source would help eliminate lone wolves

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that ...

Congress shouldn’t give up on repealing Obamacare

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

How important is it to community?

When I was in my early 20s I learned that the City had received funding via a “Cool Cities” grant. I was excited because if anyone knows what made Alpena cool, it would be a 20-something-year-old right? I remember talking to my career mentor about it at the time. The money was going to ...

Unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole story

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

The use of HGH not all it’s cracked up to be

Some men turn to human growth hormone or testosterone hoping to feel more youthful. HGH normally drops after sexual maturity while testosterone normally declines slowly throughout adulthood. While those with specific medical conditions benefit from hormones, for others the anti-aging ...

Governor has another, less-publicized, water problem

This is one of those stories that when you are finished reading it, you might say to yourself, this can't possibly be true. Oh, but it is. The state's ever-vigilant environmental lobby has more to do than gripe about Pipeline 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. There is another water ...

APS makes right call with change to school start date

We agree with members of Alpena Public Schools Board of Education to have students start school next year before Labor Day. Classes will begin Aug. 28, the Monday before Labor Day. We never have been a fan of waiting until after the holiday to begin classes, but until recently it was ...

Recent news indicates slowing economy

The Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin is one of that state’s important tourism regions. As you turn on the main road of the peninsula and drive through Sturgeon Bay — the first community you pass on the peninsula — you can’t help but notice the vacant big box not far off the highway ...

Of Twitter, Chuck Barris and Sears

Come Heller high water … ∫ Happy birthday to Twitter, which turned 11 this week. It seems like only yesterday when people kept their meaningless thoughts to themselves, doesn't it? ∫ I will say this for Twitter, though. It's still fun to see grown adults semi-cringe when they have ...

Transparency legislation needs to be passed

Last week the Michigan House approved a package of bills aimed to make the offices of state lawmakers and the governor more transparent to the public. The legislation now has moved to the Senate, where it is expected to be greeted less enthusiastically. Thus, we ask Senate Majority Leader ...

Accountability, transparency should be required

Not only should government transparency be expected in a democratic system, it should be required by law. Unfortunately, Michigan is one of only a handful of states in which the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Likewise, ...

Gorsuch right kind of judge for Supreme Court

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...