Letters to the Editor

Refreshing to watch TV with no swearing

I had laid down and just wanted to watch something easy Saturday night. I share my house with two gentlemen and they have the "Gold" package on cable. Seems like even though there were all those choices, there was nothing I wanted to see. Then, "For a Few Dollars More" caught my eye. I had ...

Enjoying the flags down Washington Ave.

As I approached the river on Washington, the beautiful display of flags waving in the wind brought tears to my eyes ... this is not only beyond beautiful, it is a wonderful way to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. We are proud to call Alpena our hometown. Even ...

Learning new life lessons about moms

My wife recently spent some time in the hospital and then a lengthy stay in re-hab (she is home and doing fine). Running a house, laundry, shopping, a new puppy, daily visitations with her, paying bills, cleaning house, etc. etc. gave me a new outlook on single mom's. A tip of my hat to you. ...

Finding the answer is as simple as Google

Regarding Steve Murch’s September 9 op-ed, “The words of our Founding Fathers,” and leaving aside the substance and grammar of the piece, there is the nearly incandescent error at the front. To wit, what Mr. Murch asserts is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence is, in fact, ...

Understanding gerrymandering, your vote

There are many people who want nothing to do with politics and are distressed by dysfunctional government. Possibly it is because it is very hard to find ways to change the system or to feel like our voice and vote matter. Something called gerrymandering does take our voice away. In ...

Upset by photo of unsanitary food handling

Ewww. The front page picture in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, Alpena News of the volunteers pulling pork for the Locavore Dinner left me grossed out. No gloves, aprons or hair coverings and one looking like she's either wiping her nose or mouth with her bare hand. That's one dinner I'm glad I didn't ...

Have an election for recycling fee

I personally oppose the county imposing a $20 fee on residents for recycling without the people voting on it. I pay to have my garbage picked up, why would I want to pay more to take my garbage to a recycling center? Since the county is already paying for a special election for the purpose ...

Township decision fails young community

This letter is in regards to the special use permit that was denied to Stenz Wrestling Club, LLC by the Township Planning Commission. I think that this is absolutely horrible on Alpena Township’s behalf. Here is young couple in the community wanting to open a small business and were not ...

Received excellent care while in the hospital

On July 7, I had a total reverse shoulder replacement at our hospital in Alpena. I was only there overnight, but I had very good care. If I needed anything and turned my light on, the nurses were right there. I never had to turn my light on twice. I was even handed a warm washcloth to wash my ...

Honored to be part of supportive community

To all in the Greater Alpena Community: It has been our Privilege, Jean and I, to have become a part of Northeast Michigan and the Greater Alpena Community. When we rode into town in 1983 in a 68 Volkswagen the kids had to push as I popped the clutch to start it; we had no idea of the ...

Didn’t see the graphic descriptions in article

In response to Joan Chappa's Aug. 19 letter, I am the last person to defend the writing in the penny saver that is The Alpena News, but I've read the Hein criminal sexual conduct article four times and, for the life of me, I cannot see the "graphic descriptions" she finds so "appall[ing]." In ...

DREAMers an important part of country

As Congress considers the DREAM Act 2017, legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the nearly 1.8 million DREAMers (young hard-working immigrants who came to the U.S. as children) it's important to reaffirm that the diversity of our nation is what’s made our country strong, ...

Take part, support Aliferis Memorial Race

We are the Honorary Chairs of the 16th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race to be held Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, starting from behind the hospital. The race events are a celebration of the dedication to health and wellness of the late Dr. Peter Aliferis, M.D. It raises money to benefit the Peter ...

We are going down a path toward destruction

I look with shocked caution at the stories about the destruction of statues of Southern Civil War Heroes. Has our country truly come to this? Those Americans are allowing a whole chapter of history to be destroyed. Do they not understand that by erasing these figures that they are also ...

Too many being removed from pain meds

Even though the CDC is trying to save lives with the epidemic of drug overdoses and the few doctors whom might be over subscribing. There has been a zealous reaction by Doctors to taking patients off narcotic therapy that maintains the patients ability to manage pain and have some decent ...

Online learning develops passion for writing

My name is Sam Loveless and I am excited to be going back to school as a rising 11th grader at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA). If it wasn’t for an online school choice, I may have never developed my writing passion. My love for writing started in the ninth grade because of my ...

No place for violence, bigotry in America

People for Social Justice decry the display of violence, bigotry and hate that was evident this weekend in Charlottesville. President Trump's reluctance to speak out against the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and their ilk can only be called despicable. His crass political calculation to ...

Wasn’t told he had to attend board meeting

This is in response to the article in the Alpena News about the Montmorency County commissioners selecting the VA service officer. My name is Bruce Brown Jr. and according to the article I was the one that was hired, but since I wasn't at the meeting the position was given to the other person. ...

Garden club’s efforts make Alpena beautiful

I would like to compliment the Alpena Garden Club for the beautiful work that they do. It really takes time and effort to make not only the city of Alpena beautiful, but their own gardens. My husband Phil and I stay at our cottage on Long Lake for the summer. My sister-in-law Kay Harris-Young ...

The community’s support helps garden club

I want to express my gratitude to our community and to the folks in the surrounding area who attended the Alpena Garden Club's first summer garden walk. We had a constant flow of visitors at all of our eight sites and were heartened by the positive comments from everyone. The gardeners who ...