Editorials and columns

Allies will distrust American government

President Barack Obama seems to be counting his chickens even if they are unlikely to hatch. In the process, he is giving America's allies one more reason to distrust us.On Monday, the Pentagon revealed U.S. Patriot missiles are being withdrawn from Turkey. The pullout is because the Syrian ...

Doubting Hillary Clinton can hold on, hold out

Rumors last week that former Vice President Al Gore was considering another run for the White House said something about Hillary Clinton's candidacy - and it was not good.Gore, 67, narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. A substantial number of admirers have hoped since ...

Remembering the glory days in the West End

Mike's Hardware recently closed. I always was treated well there while shopping for important and, otherwise unfindable, things that were crucial to me.It seemed to me and many others that Mike's stocked everything. I almost never was in there that I didn't see something which I had never seen ...

Obama’s keeping his promises, right?

Give President Barack Obama credit - if you want to call it that - for one thing: He is keeping his campaign promises, even when that requires lying to the American people.He vowed to shut down coal-fired power plants and is carrying through with that. One means of dampening criticism was to ...

Lights, camera, action — area always needs to be ready

Five weeks ago The Weather Channel visited Alpena. Our office, along with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary helped coordinate the logistics of the visit. Some knew in advance that they would be in town, some did not. Two weeks ago, popular Michigan based outdoor gear and apparel company ...

Deal would have US protecting Iran

Iranian leaders may want to reconsider their "Death to America" philosophy. In some ways this country may be one of their best friends - at least under President Barack Obama.After all, we are volunteering to help defend the nuclear weapons program Iran claims it doesn't have against those who ...

Good luck to Relay for Life participants

If you were to ask around, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't been touched by cancer. Young, old, rich, poor - we all know someone who has either battled cancer, or had a loved one who has.While we are closer to finding a cure than just a generation ago, the search continues. ...

Maybe real-life politics can follow TV

Season six of the television drama "The West Wing" had a great deal of its story lines about the candidates in the next election as opposed to what was happening in the White House. As the season progressed there were three Democratic candidates and one Republican who become the focus of those ...

Answers on growth spurts, puberty and obesity

As the parent of a pre-teen or teenager, you might notice that your child's weight fluctuates frequently. You might wonder if this is normal or worry that something is wrong. In most cases, weight fluctuation is completely normal during childhood and can be attributed to growth spurts or ...

East China recall threat perverts democracy

Of all the wrong reasons to threaten a public official with recall, the one formulated by anonymous opponents of East China School District potential building realignment has to be the most childishly ludicrous.In Cottrellville Township, perhaps not the most perfect example of local governance, ...

Future of e-cigarettes tax remains in a state of limbo

It is such a seemingly simple assignment. Pass a law that would save teenager's lives. Forty-six states already have done it but in Michigan? Well not so much.You would think lawmakers would scramble to ban e-cigarettes for minors since the substitute cigarette is now more popular with teens ...

Terrorist will be held accountable, just not by US

An Islamic State terrorist who helped create the horror of American Kayla Mueller's last months probably will be held accountable for her crimes, even though U.S. officials have announced they will not charge her in this country.They could have done so. Umm Sayyaf, the wife of an Islamic State ...

Former resident a national champ

Last Sunday former Alpena resident Sally Jacquemin became the third woman in the 39-year North American Yngling Championship series to win. Unfortunately for the Alpena Yacht Club, she now sails under the banner of the Minnetonka Yacht Club as she lives and works in Minneapolis.In her early ...

There are signs administration involved in trying to get Clinton elected

If it was not obvious previously that President Barack Obama's administration has been attempting to protect Democrat candidate for president Hillary Clinton, it became very clear last week.On Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave the State Department deadlines - before most primary ...

Growth or fixed mindset

I often think of things in terms of the community so when a friend sent me a text with a link to an interesting video about mindsets, it was only natural for me to immediately begin applying what I saw in the video to the dynamics of a community. Carol Dweck was the presenter in the video.Dweck ...

Another bait and switch by Obama

During the past couple of years, Americans worried about how they will pay their electric bills in the future have had one consolation: natural gas. Though it is substantially more expensive than coal for power generation, at least there is plenty of it and the technology to use it is refined ...

School can be expense for families

Now that August is here many families are gearing back up for the start of school at the end of the month.While naturally there is a need for things like new shirts, blouses, pants and skirts, these days schools are requiring that students head back to school with supplies as well. According to ...

Coal states changing the way they vote

This week President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to impose new rules and regulations on power plant carbon emissions - an order many speculate will ruin the U.S. coal industry. The new rules sparked quick and angry reaction as Republican leadership in the House ...

Questions, Anyone?

Water trail marker in wildlife sanctuary?Q. Reader Joe Sobczak asks, "What is the white buoy at the far end of Island Park in the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary?"A. The buoy is part of a canoe/kayak trail developed originally by the city-appointed Wildlife Sanctuary Board. Erin Riopelle, owner of ...

Honoring a lost loved one

Grief and sadness hung over Peggy's family during the first Thanksgiving after her mother passed away. Her mother's presence around the table was missed as family members barely touched their food and sat quietly - until Peggy shared a story her mother often told. That's when looks of sorrow ...