Letters to the Editor

It’s time to bring back some decency, civility

I am mad. I am fed up with the media. We watched the interview in the Oval Office on Wednesday. While our reporters are covering every nuance of the Oval Office, who is minding the farm? What are other elected people doing? Anything worthwhile like a budget? If someone is delivered a ...

Only auto body program being discontinued

If you read the headlines on the front page of The Alpena News of May 18, you may think that ACC’s Auto Service Program is being discontinued. In fact that article was referring to the Auto Body program which is being discontinued, at least temporarily. My program on the other hand is ...

Central dispatch ready to help when needed

My letter is in reference to the article published in the Alpena News on Thursday, May 17, 2018, entitled “Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times.” My intent is to inform the citizens of Alpena County that the Alpena County Central Dispatch has the capability to ...

AMA, APS need to think who supports them

Over the years local residents have been asked to support millage proposals for numerous items to help financially support programs in the Alpena area. Some of these items are TBTA for Dial-A-Ride, APS for buildings, buses and other items that a not state funded and AMA ESD for continuing ...

Headline on story inexcusable, disgraceful

The headline on the front page of your 11 May edition was inexcusable. There was no need for a headline that was more suited to the National Enquirer than the Alpena News. Yours is a regional newspaper that is read by families all over Northern Michigan. Your editorial judgment failed and in ...

Support economic development in region

Part of the history of my business has been to endeavor to share in community functions, financially and physically, and to encourage others to do the same. I'm pleased to be on the Board of Directors for our local economic development Board. My business, Lappan Agency, Inc., is also a ...

Colbeck is a man of principle for Michigan

Sen. Patrick Colbeck who is running for Governor came to Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena for a Meet and Greet. A firestorm broke out in Michigan in the Media regarding his comments made about the threat of Islam (Muslim Brotherhood) in our state. It made national news. The record needs to be set ...

Protect your brain, delay and prevent dementia

For families and physicians caring for the elderly, memory impairment — ranging from benign forgetfulness to clinical dementia including Alzheimer's disease — can be frustrating. Moderate dementia symptoms targeting Activities of Daily Living can be reduced for at least six months by ...

Alpena truly a warm, friendly place to visit

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Alpena and wanted to share some of my good feelings toward your town. I'm recently retired and taking a seven month retirement trip across the lower 48. Spending time in Michigan was an important part of my trip, since I grew up in Flint ...

Editorial cartoon shouldn’t have been run

I was appalled by the political cartoon in The Alpena News on Thursday, April 26. In my research I could not find where either President Trump or John Bolton have ever stated they wanted to “Kill All Muslims.” This type of editorial cartoon is embarrassing. President Trump embarrasses ...

Great job by Alpena Power during snowstorm

We appreciate you Alpena Power and all employees (especially those who had to go out into the storm), for you were right on top of things regarding the “Historic Spring Storm of 2018.” On the very early morning of Saturday, April 14, (4:20 a.m.) the howling winds and sleet pounding on ...

Supplements are a healthy addition to diet

According to the Healthcare Professionals Impact Studies, 72% of physicians, 73% of orthopedists, 57% of cardiologists, 75% of dermatologists, 79% of nurses, 95% of nurse practitioners 86% of pharmacists and 96% of dietitians report personal use of dietary supplements. Why? Perhaps they ...

Government agencies we really need

A few months ago, Great Britain Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness, probably the first in world history. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May said, citing a report indicating 14 percent of the population often or always ...

Alpena should consider senior harbor rate

I recently visited Traverse City, while I was there I had a chance to walk their harbor area. What I noticed at the boat launch area is that they have a senior citizen seasonal rate of $20. This started me thinking of the recent increase at the Alpena boat harbor, $50 seasonal $7 daily. I made ...

Plow truck drivers deserve our appreciation

I witnessed an act of kindness today that made me proud to be a member of our Alpena community and compels me to share with every citizen. At around 11:50 a.m. on the 18th, a neighbor of mine became stuck in her driveway. Even six days after the major storm we all endured, it's impact is still ...

Help in battle to eliminate Parkinson’s disease

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and this does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. Symptoms vary, but include tremors, difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, speaking, and ...

Get veterans suicide prevention bill passed

At least 20 veterans commit suicide each day. This is at least 18 percent of all suicides in the United States, keeping in mind that veterans only account for 8.5 percent of the population. When veteran’s mental health issues are not addressed, many social problems can ensue including ...

Amazed at how quickly power was restored

This letter is to commend the Alpena Power Company for their exemplary service during the past and perhaps, more importantly, during the recent inclement weather on Saturday, April 14. Our electricity went out in the early morning hours ... we went into the survival mode because we ...

We need to make Trump follow the rules

It's extremely important to understand why our democracy is a miraculous treasure. After a revolution against a king's tyranny, our Founding Fathers wanted a country where laws, not a man's personal whims, would rule our decisions. That means no man is above the law, not even a ...

TBTA’s action put a price on grandchildren

I have complained, fumed and vented enough. Did you know that there is a value on your children's lives? It's $32. That's the value that Thunder Bay Transportation/Dial-A-Ride has put on my grandchildren's lives. My grandchildren, ages 5-7-9, had been riding Dial-A-Ride from Wilson School ...