Editorials and columns

Kudos to APS for giving kids new ways to learn

A recent story in The News showcased Alpena Public Schools’ new project-based learning program at Alpena High. The freshman courses allow students to learn science, history and English lessons in a more collaborative and hands-on way. It gives them more access to technology, as all ...

Tourism wouldn’t succeed without you

We have entered the shoulder season of tourism called fall. We all call it Fall, but for businesses that depend on revenue from tourist spending, fall is the final stretch to help meet financial goals prior to the low-season of winter. How important is tourism to our economy? An analysis ...

We must go after North Korea for cyber hostilities

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

Clock is ticking: Register to vote today for Nov. 6

Tuesday is only one day away, and that is the last day Michiganders can register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Much will be decided with those ballots. Nationwide, voters will decide which party controls Congress, which could break up Republicans’ current control of all three ...

To be a farmer is to be always optimistic

Oct. 12 may be National Farmer’s Day, but I can’t quite bring myself to say, “Happy Farmers Day.” I don’t know too many “happy farmers.” I know a lot of suffering farmers, farmers suffering from low prices and costs that exceed their income. I know a lot of persevering farmers, ...

We can escape ‘decline of democracy’

“In the first part of this century we’re seeing the death and decline of democracy.” Sobering. Chilling. Disheartening. All those words come to mind regarding the above quote from former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last week. What made the quote even more depressing for me ...

Why we ‘bury’ national news inside

A while back, the day after two of President Donald Trump’s advisers were convicted of crimes stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation, a reader called to ask why we had “buried” the news on a deep-inside page of the paper. To be sure, it was important news. Paul Manafort, who had ...

We applaud the plan for Line 5

We applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for hammering out a deal this week with Enbridge Energy officials that will eventually close down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The agreement will result in pipeline safety improvements along Line 5 in Michigan, both on land and underwater, construction of a ...

Legal marijuana would cost us

In one month, Michiganders will go to the polls and vote on proposal 18-1, which would allow individuals over the age of 21 to possess 140 joints and use and sell marijuana candies, cookies, and other highly potent edibles and concentrates. This would be a major mistake that will impact our ...

Enough with ‘gaslighting,’ ‘crush’

Come Heller high water … ∫ Reporters lately are in love with the term “gaslighting.” And yet, how many people know what it means? Not many, I’ll bet. I didn’t. I knew it meant something not good because it’s usually used in reference to the president. But I wasn’t sure what ...

Future-planning is scary, necessary

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Jack Kornfield I know I thought I had time. It’s an illusion I held onto until someone very dear to me suffered a severe brain injury following a series of strokes at the age of 34. Life as he knew it—and life as all of us who love him ...

Learn how to prevent fires

October is Fire Prevention Month in Michigan and it’s a good time to take stock of the safety features around your home. State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer said “Michiganders are urged to look for places fire could start in their homes and fix any potential fire hazards; listen for the ...

When pickup tailgates have to be up

When citizens are traveling with items in the box of their trucks, there are laws that tell you how some items must be transported. This week’s question is about load requirements in a pickup truck. The reader wonders if there are specific tailgate position requirements and load securing ...

Sooner Mueller can end his probe, the better for all

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Unless claims proven, confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. After keeping their information secret since July, Democrats came forward with an allegation by a California ...

Legislators thwart the will of the people

Even though it is part of my job to write objectively about public policy developments, sometimes it is difficult. When lawmakers use disingenuous means to block the people of Michigan from having a say on popular initiatives, as they did earlier this year on a minimum wage proposal, I get ...

Forest fire season is now year-round

Richard Manning is an authentic Manning Hill Manning. These are people not easily dissuaded from a task. If they get pointed in a direction, they will tell you clearly what they see, and if something has to be torn down or built up, they can do that. Of such attributes, insightful writers and ...

Trump was right on Iran’s nuclear plans

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

Get a flu shot for your loved ones

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Pros and cons voting for your favorite

By this point in the campaign the vast majority of folks would recognize Gretchen Whitmer or Bill Schuette if they walked in the room. But if the typical voters who support them walked in the room you would not recognize them because no one has taken a snap shot of who they are ... until ...