Editorials and columns

Time president took Islamic extremism seriously

One reason Americans should be upset our president refuses to acknowledge the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism is that may result in dangerous complacency.Finally, President Barack Obama has conceded the Islamic State terrorist group must be destroyed, not "contained." But he refuses to discuss ...

An idea to share Alpena

We receive a multitude of ideas in our office on almost a daily basis. We vet each one for plausibility and feasibility. Often, great ideas come in that either don't fit our mission, don't pertain to an end outcome that would be desirable, or cost more than our budget would allow.But every so ...

Terrorist threat comes from many groups

For years, concern about terrorism focused on al-Qaida. Now most westerners view the Islamic State as the primary threat.But on Wednesday, at least 34 people were killed and 80 were wounded by a suicide bomber in Nigeria. He was sent by Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist army that has ...

President needs to work with other nations in battle against IS

Leaders of both France and Russia want a military alliance against Islamic State terrorists. But thus far, it appears air strikes against IS targets in Syria by those two nations and U.S. warplanes have not been coordinated.France sent in attacking aircraft after terrorists massacred 129 people ...

A look at Calley-as-governor chances

Everybody sing-a-long: 'Tis the season for spec-u-la-tion, fa, la, la, la, la; la, la, la,la.So let's.How do you like the name Gov. Brian Calley?If you are running for governor, and he most surely is, even though he won't tell you that just yet, running as an incumbent supposedly gives you a ...

A well-deserved award for Matt Muszynski

Matt Muszynski is a gentle giant among his peers.His passion for life and youth is endless, his enthusiasm contagious and his energy level is off the charts. Thus, it should be no surprise to anyone who knows him that Muszynski recently was named the "National Director of the Year " for the ...

Linking advertisers with community

Wow!How else would you describe today's newspaper? It is loaded with so many advertisements related to holiday shopping that I think had Santa been delivering the newspaper this morning, the reindeer might have suffered a hernia.While our own crew of wonderful elves, known as newspaper ...

Keep holiday stress in check with these tips

Next week kicks off the official holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving and leading up to the Christmas holiday. Between holiday cards and crafts, shopping, parties, baking, cleaning, traveling, and entertaining, it's no wonder everyone feels a little overwhelmed and blue during the ...

Church calendar

Every family is shaped by the holidays it keeps together. Societies are defined to a degree by their common celebrations. In the same way, the church has a calendar that revolves around Jesus Christ. Observance of it helps to shape and nourish faith.The annual cycle of the church year certainly ...

Snyder makes right call on Syrian refugees

Gov. Rick Snyder was correct this week to suspend efforts of bringing Syrian refugees to Michigan.While the decision certainly is a controversial one, it is the correct one. Until the U.S. can take a pause from all the emotion from the Paris bombings and re-examine its immigration policy to ...

ISIS is stronger, more powerful than ever

Islamic terrorists think big and realistically. Their goal is to bring the world to its knees in front of them. Their success in both conventional military conquests and slaughtering innocents seemingly wherever and whenever they choose is proof of their prowess.Meanwhile, U.S. policy continues ...

Oil reserves create political winners, losers

In physics there is a rule which says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.In interpersonal relationships this is not so obvious. Sometimes you perceive a reaction from another person which you never expected. Usually, you have some idea of how the other person is ...

When Clinton has gotten rid of coal, the economy will suffer

Hillary Clinton must be hoping voters will miss the point of her radical environmental agenda. Perhaps a little misdirection will help in that regard, she may have reasoned.Clinton has made it clear she will not just proceed with President Barack Obama's anti-coal agenda. She plans to intensify ...

Keeping the camp tractor running

A few quick things about the camp tractor; first, it looks like a tractor: the exhaust pipe points up through the engine cowling. This design allows it to be covered by a # 300, # 303, or # 2 size can when not in use preventing rain, chipmunks, small birds, or mice from gaining access. All ...

Keep better tabs on money to Iraqi forces

Several weeks ago, members of Congress were wise to ask about progress in a half-billion-dollar project to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State terrorists. They learned the initiative was a dismal, expensive failure. Fewer than half a dozen of the trainees were in the field in Syria, a ...

Finger-pointing after road bill passes

Christmas came early this year for Gov. Nerd as he signed into law what Republicans are calling a road fix capping off a four year wait for same.Noticeably absent from the bill signing ceremony in front of a bunch of road building equipment were the Democrats.Maybe the invites got lost in the ...

DDA needs to prove parking meters are the right move

We've been very consistent in our concern, over the years, that paid parking for in downtown Alpena is a regressive form of long-term planning and a problematic obstacle to attracting people here.Simply put, for a community priding itself on creating a "good vibe" for visitors, it sends a very ...

Make it a safe and successful hunt

It's time again to paint the woods a bright hunter's orange.I appreciate when the firearms deer opener occurs on a weekend, as Northeast Michigan businesses definitely see a boost from extra visitors. A weekend opener makes it easier for hunters to travel Up North and not miss as much work - ...

Coping with grief at the holidays

Pat Chambers was a wife, mother of five and grandmother of 12. She loved to garden and enjoyed the beauty of nature. But when Chambers was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, little pieces of her slipped away each day, until she died just over a year ago.Her daughter, Janene Engelhard knows firsthand ...

The sounds of Christmas … and of need

Area residents began hearing the ringing of beautiful holiday bells beginning today at various shopping locations as the Salvation Army began its annual Red Kettle campaign.This year kettles will be positioned at 10 strategic locations in hopes residents will be generous in their giving so ...