Editorials and columns

MSP director creates a controversy

What in the world was she thinking? Or was she thinking? Folks in this town are scratching their heads wondering why the state police director waded into a controversy that she did not have to wade into. But there was Col. Kristie Kibby Etue on her personal Facebook page blasting NFL ...

Cheers to a great first 50 years, TBT

Happy anniversary Thunder Bay Theatre! Northeast Michigan is a mecca for the arts, and perhaps nothing exemplifies that assertion better than Thunder Bay Theatre. Today it is an anchor to a vibrant local arts community that annually brings in some of the best up and coming talent from across ...

The NFL’s player protest dilemma

I wish I had the fortitude to just say “no” to football Sunday. But I’m weak and enjoy football way too much to make a statement Sunday by turning away from the National Football League. Instead I’ll spend several hours watching the sport, screaming at the TV and questioning ...

Great lessons for young students

On Friday morning I was one of the community volunteers who helped employees from the Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union with the credit union's teen financial reality fair for Thunder Bay Junior High eighth-graders. This was the third time I was able to help out and it's a great event the credit ...

Twitter Double-up not a good thing

Come Heller high water … ∫ Twitter is doubling the number of characters for tweets from 140 to 280. So if you thought President Trump's tweets couldn't get any more nuts, guess again. ∫ I think it's a mistake. Most people can't be interesting with 140 characters. What makes anyone ...

He whispers, ‘trust me’

There's something about the slow, silky flow of the Au Sable River in the fall that soothes my soul. I love to watch as, one by one, leaves are set free, gracefully floating on the breeze until the stream quietly cushions their landing, ferrying them to places unknown. As I survey the ...

An important day for Youth and Rec Committee

Today is an important day for many Alpena County entities that work with area youth and recreation. This afternoon members of the Alpena County Youth and Recreation committee will meet and finalize funding for projects that will begin in 2018. It is the last round of funding for the ...

Pelosi right with recommendation about aid to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

It is rare, but sometimes House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is right. She is this week, in calling for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the recommendation Monday, ...

Credibility in communication

While browsing one of my old (2006) communication textbooks, I stumbled across the chapter on credibility in communication. The chapter started by stating that an audience is not likely to listen to, or retain information from someone who has not earned the right to talk about that subject. ...

Aid for Puerto Rico an opportunity to do more than help hurricane recovery

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Unplug, recharge to achieve balance

A week without social media. A week without Netflix (TV). A week without phone calls. A week without checking work emails. Sometimes you need a break to rebalance the scales of your life. We recommend that when people visit Alpena on vacation, they do the same. Unplug. Disconnect to reconnect. ...

Government conflict of interest policies are the right move

Northern Michigan is made up of many small, close-knit communities. It’s one of the many reasons people choose to live here. It’s not uncommon, for example, for your child’s teacher to be married to your doctor; or your co-worker to be close friends with your neighbor. The examples ...

Fred Upton and a GOP Senate bid

Hello, central casting. Send over a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate who can win a general election race. You bet. We've got somebody right here. Look for a phone call from West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton. Hello, central casting. Send us a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate primary ...

Carmeuse, Rogers City have solid relationship

Good neighbors are to be cherished. Thus, when you hear a “good neighbor” story like the one told in Rogers City this week, you can’t help but smile. Council there approved a tax exemption for the Calcite plant owned by Carmeuse Lime and Stone. In some communities such action ...

The similarities between sanctuaries

The unknown always seems to conjure up fear. Thus it probably isn’t surprising that as officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider designation of part of Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wis., as the country’s second freshwater national marine sanctuary, ...

No one pays for Equifax breach

The most frustrating thing about the Equifax data breach — other than your life savings potentially disappearing overnight, now or 25 years from now — is that no one will truly ever pay for it. The CEO certainly won't pay for it, even though half of America had its private information ...

Life changing

Have you ever reached a point when you hated life? The Preacher writes in Ecclesiastes 2:17, "So I hated life!" The truth is, I think we have all been there. Being sick and tired of life is something that happens to all of us at one time or another. It's hard to function properly when we ...

Why is the blame on us?

The word ‘entitled’ is a well known word that is often used in the same sentence when describing a millennial. It is a word that even I have grown accustomed to hearing and often makes me automatically ignore the rest of the context. The reason being is because it is heard in another video ...

Seminar a good investment to ensure your safety

Thankfully Northeast Michigan residents don’t have to contend with the threat of hurricanes. By no means does that mean we are exempt from potential disasters, however. Ice storms, tornadoes and wildfires are just some of the potential natural disasters that could face all of us. And, ...