Editorials and columns

Alpena right in the mix of drone future

The benefit of unmanned aircraft training in the region was on display this week at Alpena Community College.There, R4 Robotics and representatives from the Northern Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium demonstrated the value of drone testing. As R4 officials steered a roller drone up ...

We need to come together to defeat terrorists, enemies

If they had planned to do so, the man and woman who slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., last week could not have provided a more effective wake-up call regarding the threat that is Islamic terrorism.Their victims included a rainbow of races - black, white, Asian and Hispanic. They ...

Protecting ourselves from criminal scum

A man with one eye is king in the valley of the blind.Even in the worst of circumstances, a small advantage can make all of the difference. No one wishes to have the sight impairment of having only one eye but in a room of the sightless, it's a huge advantage. Even for the admirable cause of ...

White House needs to realize full extent of terrorists’ reach

Islamic terrorism is a dual threat to Americans. President Barack Obama's failure to recognize that demonstrates either a disturbing naivete or a willful attempt to mislead us.During his televised speech to the nation Sunday night, Obama referred to the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif. "So ...

A reminder from the Grinch

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he ...

House bill would help keep terrorists from entering country

Islamic terrorists' success in infiltrating most countries, including ours, means that in a way, we can no longer rely on even our best, oldest friends among other nations.A special dispensation, the Visa Waiver Program, is available to travelers coming into the United States from 38 other ...

Predictable talk from Obama following massacre

Led by President Barack Obama, liberals reacted predictably to the massacre Wednesday in California. They demanded new limits on firearms, with Obama specifying suspected terrorists on the government's no-fly list should be banned from buying guns.Obama's comment clearly reflects a change in ...

Life of a politician not that easy

Oh my the anti-politician boo-birds will have a field day with this because any time something positive is said about our public servants, they tear it to shreds based on the notion that all of them are evil.So have at it.In a reflective conversation the other day the former State School ...

NE Michigan shows its generous nature again

The generosity of the region knows no boundaries.That was evident again this week when area residents donated $30,345 through the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan as part of a national event known as Giving Tuesday. CFNEM officials helped to coordinate the event for 39 nonprofits ...

Latest meeting on water may be interesting

There might be "water, water everywhere" in Alpena County, but what city and township residents pay for that water is what concerns families these days.Sitting on the sidelines it's fascinating to watch as first City of Alpena and now Alpena Township prepare their public "dog and pony" show on ...

Finding peace in the light of untimely death

Scott Weiland died Thursday. Given that Northeast Michigan is an older community, it would not be a surprise if his passing went unnoticed by many people who live here. Nor would it be a surprise if you had no idea who he was. Weiland was the leader singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet ...

Tips to help stay healthy over the holidays

As you head into the holiday season, be sure you are accomplishing good self management. Alpena Regional Medical Center knows it is easy to let your health go to the wayside with the chaos of the holiday season. Good self-management of your health and well-being is defined as allowing some ...

The gift of reading never stops giving

The importance of reading can never be underestimated, especially for young children.A good book can expand your mind and transport you to places far away. A good book allows you to dream and imagine, challenges you to consider concepts not familiar and to see the life around you in new ...

Chinese not providing leadership on climate change

Chinese leaders came in for lavish praise from President Barack Obama during the climate change conference in Paris. "Our leadership on this issue has been absolutely vital," Obama said of our two countries.That is nonsense - and Obama knows it.China emits nearly twice as much greenhouse gas as ...

Bill Gates announces $7B for clean energy

If billionaire Bill Gates is as serious about clean, economical energy as he claims, he will direct much of the $7 billion research and development fund he announced this week toward finding better ways to burn coal and other fossil fuels. And he will pressure governments, including that of the ...

Overseas events have chilling effect on US economy

Events in Syria and Europe and how they affect our economy have me worried. Some folks think these aren't related to our economy but they couldn't be more wrong.For the most part we do very little business with Syria. Our citizens don't vacation there, nor do they seek out much of the ...

The old cannon on city hall’s lawn

If you have lost your bearings: your ability to determine north from south, east from west, left from right and no relief appears imminent from any quarter; get you to the center of town, to city hall, to the old cannon enshrined on the lawn there. It's a solution mounted on a carriage.The ...

Obama-Hollande plan isn’t complete

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to step up airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists. During a meeting at the White House, they also agreed to improve sharing of intelligence about the group. And in a press conference, they said they would like an ...

Snyder lacks support on Detroit schools

Nobody keeps track of these things, but when interviewing the governor this happens a lot. You craft a perfect question to solicit a newsworthy response and you come away with a goose egg.Gov. Rick Snyder once confided to a frustrated reporter that, "it's not my job to help you make news."Fair ...

All students should take financial literacy courses

We believe teaching students how to be financially responsible is perhaps one of the most important concepts a student can receive.If we had our way, a student would have to pass a financial literacy test before they could receive their high school diploma. That's how important we believe this ...