Editorials and columns

The rewards that await

Teaching religion class for seventh- and eighth-graders at Immanuel Lutheran School, I have learned what every teacher knows. At the close of a school year, some kids check out early. Students live in two realities as the school year draws to an end. They need to take care of business to ...

City shows an earned confidence in Greg Sundin

Alpena City Manager Greg Sundin received a positive job performance review from municipal council this week, something all city residents can feel good about.Council was asked to evaluate Sundin on various aspects of his job, with members assigning a numerical score of between 1 and 5 for each ...

Time to change US oil export policy

Oil and natural gas are being used as geopolitical weapons like never before in history. Russia's Vladimir Putin has become perhaps the world's most skillful, effective practitioner. His strategy, already far advanced, is to bend Europe to his will by threatening to cut off the oil and gas ...

NSA has authority to invade Americans privacy

Intelligence agencies want unfettered authority to invade our privacy. It is in the very nature of spying organizations such as the National Security Agency.But we Americans rightly resent intrusions into our private lives.For years, the NSA has had - and used - sweeping authority to collect ...

Despite history, region could sustain economic growth

I got into a discussion the other day with some "change agents" (people all of the same persuasion). These local residents are all engaged in trying to bring more jobs and prosperity to our area.All of them are just ordinary folks looking to attract opportunities to the area on an on-going ...

Community is better with recycling

I want to give you a few statistics about recycling. From recycleacrossamerica.org, consider the following: Five recycled plastic bottles provides enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet or enough fiber fill for one ski jacket. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every ...

It’s unfortunate IRS director has to be subpoenaed

Hopefully, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of transparency has nothing to hide. We use the qualifier because, well, this is the federal government.But if the IRS is squeaky clean, why did it refuse to send that functionary to testify before members of the House of ...

Criminals love that citizens must give IRS information

Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. The haul for this year (the IRS has not released 2014 numbers yet) will be substantial, too - because IRS officials did not ...

The art of getting lost along the way

We're unofficially into the summer season. Memorial Day weekend sets the stage for the summer tourist season and with the early Memorial Day and the late Labor Day we actually will have a longer tourist season - if form holds true on when people open cottages, etc.With the advent of summer and ...

There’s a need to assess Iraq situation

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's assessment of why the Islamic State terrorist army took Ramadi - "the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight" -probably destroyed his popularity in Baghdad. And Carter may well have had to endure a chewing out from the White House because he upset the Iraqi ...

Drivers need to be aware of change to Third Avenue

Changes are coming for motorists beginning next week as Third Avenue between Chisholm and River streets will become a two-way street. The city will be closing that section of roadway Tuesday and reconfiguring the markings for a reopening of the street on Wednesday, weather permitting.Third ...

Liberals will make Obamacare pricier

Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare.But you had to know what comes next: The mistake was in not making it expensive enough for tens of millions of people.As critics of Obamacare pointed out, it was far from a panacea for ...

Depreciation’s effect on budgets

Concerning economic budgets, there are two types of depreciation of buildings and equipment.The first type is "functional depreciation," which is when your roof starts to leak, your car won't start or the lawnmower has cut its last lawn. Simply put, stuff wears out and everything has a useful ...

No more money for Colorado VA until answers are given

Why are top leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs not firing bureaucrats by the dozens? That may be the question some veterans were asking during Memorial Day weekend, as one more VA scandal made headlines.Just before leaving Washington for the holiday, leaders in Congress got the VA ...

World scams ruin charitable Americans

Americans are very compassionate, charitable people. When someone needs help or a cause such as battling disease is mentioned, we reach for our wallets.Between 2008-12, more than $187 million was donated to the Cancer Fund of America and its affiliates. Of that, less than 3 percent went to help ...

A day to remember those who gave

Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that is the envy of most other people in the world.Those who guarantee all that to us, the men and women of our armed forces, willingly sacrifice liberties, security, ...

Despite increase gas prices still lower than recent years for Memorial weekend

Area gasoline prices shot up over 10 cents a gallon this week, a sure sign that the first holiday of the summer has arrived.In what has become a disappointing, yet common occurrence most summers, prior to the Memorial Day weekend gas prices always seem to increase across the region.Naturally ...

Some cold water with good jobs report

The good news out of Lansing this week was that for the first time since September 2000, Michigan's unemployment rate fell to the same rate as the national average - 5.4 percent."Reaching the national average after being dead last has been a priority as we've worked to reinvent Michigan," Gov. ...

It’s Memorial Day weekend, summer is get closer

This is Memorial Day weekend, does that mean that summer is almost here? Well, I'm already in a summer kind of mind ...* Before all the barbecues and parties, or anything else you might be doing this weekend, take a minute to remember what the weekend really commemorates. This is when we ...

ARMC offers tips to protect your eyes

May is Healthy Vision Month and the National Eye Institute is encouraging Americans to think about their eye health and take time to educate themselves on what to do to keep their eyes healthy."We tend to take our eye health for granted until we notice problem," Dr. James Keller, board ...