Editorials and columns

A challenge worth accepting

I recently finished up an eight week challenge called the Whole Life Challenge. It was recommended to me by someone I have a whole lot of respect for and at a good time in my life for a new experience. For those two reasons, I decided to give it a whirl. The purpose of the program is to ...

Make sure young guns owners know all the safety precautions

In our region of the country, it is not uncommon for teenagers or even younger children to hope that one thing they find under the Christmas tree is a new rifle, shotgun or BB gun, perhaps the first they have ever owned. Most parents understand such a Christmas present has to be combined with ...

A tragedy in the making

Property owners often chafe at building codes requiring them to maintain structures in safe, healthy manners. That can be costly, so a certain amount of judgment should be exercised in enforcement. But what can happen when scofflaws get away with ignoring the rules entirely has been ...

Stein raising money for future political gain?

Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein apparently believes all’s fair in politics. Her blatant attempt to pave her way to office in the future ought to be remembered by voters. It is the very old-style politics so many voters are rejecting. Stein, who garnered fewer than 1.5 million ...

The Christmas tree harvest

“Well. I supposed we should go get a tree for the house,” said Grandpa. I had been sitting on the couch reading a Reader’s Digest magazine and had just gotten to the joke page. I was the only one in the room so there was nowhere to hide. Grandma had gone to town for groceries. I knew he ...

There is no shame for the anti-gun folks

An evil person bent on doing harm will do so, whether he must use a vehicle, a knife or any of the myriad other weapons available besides a firearm. In fact, Somalia native Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a legal permanent U.S. resident, needed only his car and a butcher knife to send 11 people to ...

Lawmakers fight over teachers pensions

There are a number of holiday traditions in this town. First you can rest assured that various lobbying outfits will sponsor lavish parties for weary lawmakers. There will be complaints about the state Christmas tree; the one this year needs a huge steroid shot. And Democrats sight another ...

NE Michigan a generous community

Across Northeast Michigan generosity has no boundaries. That was proven again this year during Giving Tuesday, when over $41,000 was raised for 62 area nonprofits. The money raised came from 494 individual gifts. This is the second year the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan ...

Final thoughts on returning to greatness

For today’s conclusion of readers’ comments as to what will make America great again, we start with an interesting perspective of an Alpena native now living “across the pond” in Great Britain — Matthew Pugh. Pugh writes “As a father of three young children, I can safely say that ...

Long live chaos, let chaos rule football today

So how do YOU spell chaos? I spell it College Football Playoff. I don't hide it, I love college football; it's my favorite sports hands down. After that it's a toss-up between the NFL and Major League Baseball. But it isn't a race for No. 1, it's college football by a ...

Time for a year-end investment review

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial ...

Don’t fall prey to bear propaganda

It's time for an open and frank national conversation about bear propaganda. Having grown up in New York City, I had not been made aware of the problem until fairly late in life. This was remedied by my lovely wife, who grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, where bears are not an abstraction. In ...

Give thanks for your health or go change it

During a time of year that we give thanks and show gratitude for our loved ones, our heritage and our many blessings, we should also give thanks for our health. If that makes you nervous, if you are not thankful for your current state of health, change it. It is possible and there is no perfect ...

The new church year

It’s a new year! And you thought it was just Christmas getting rushed these days. Actually, the Christian Church has a calendar of its own. It goes back many centuries, though it is not commanded in the Scriptures. It begins with the time of Advent for nearly four weeks prior to Christmas ...

Project Blue Light a meaningful event

It is great to live in a community where something like Project Blue Light still holds incredible meaning for everyone. Once again Thursday law enforcement and firefighters gathered  with community residents to remember those public servants who lost their lives in the line of duty. It ...

Motor vehicle vs. livestock accident

A citizen recently asked if a person is operating a motor vehicle on the roadway and strikes a farm animal such as a horse, cow, sheep, pig, etc, who is responsible? An animal of this nature, referring to a person’s privately-owned farm animal, that has gotten out of a pen or fenced in area ...

We are the best defense against lone wolf terrorism

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...

This election was not like 2000

It was one thing for supporters of presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore to dispute Florida election results in 2000. Then, there were serious questions (remember “hanging chads”) and the entire national election at stake. But now, liberals insisting Democrat Hillary Clinton ...

John, Alice, Bert and Rose

John was with Ron. They were seated at the Big Boy Restaurant drinking coffee. Ron was talking. John was smiling. I stopped by their table to remark on what I had observed: John smiling, Ron doing the talking. Ron said I was mistaken, John wasn’t smiling, he was laughing. Which got me to ...