Letters to the Editor

People in the news not that far removed

I grew up in Presque Isle. Since I moved to New York several years ago, I’ve met neighbors as friendly and openhearted as anyone in the Midwest, and they have the same community values. In fact, the only difference between my neighbors here and those I grew up with is that those here are ...

Why isn’t American’s death on Time cover?

Justin Lee. You heard/read about him in the news, right? No? Please allow me to tell you about one day in his young life. We begin at the end. On a warm, bucolic day in southeast Michigan, Justin Lee, 14, had returned home from Walled Lake Western High School. Earlier in the year, Lee ...

Alpena comes to the aid of visiting couple

My husband and I recently visited Alpena as part of his birthday celebration. The festivities did not turn out as we had planned. While waiting for our meal at a local restaurant, my husband experienced a medical episode that resulted in an ambulance trip to the local hospital. Thankfully, he ...

Someone needs to ask what Jesus would do

WWJD Do you know what those four capital letters stand for? Christians do. Those letters were placed on wrist bands as a reminder when you were faced with a dilemma. WWJD What would Jesus do with the children at the border? The cruel, immoral, damaging Trump policy promoted by a smug, better ...

Standing with Trump on law and order policies

I stand with President Trump in his law and order policies. Especially when it comes to immigration. When someone comes onto your property uninvited you call the police to get them off your property or shoot them dead right? Do you keep your doors open and gates to your driveway? When someone ...

Walls might not be perfect, but they work well

In his letter published on 6/23, a Mr. J. P. Swallow provided a historical lesson concerning the ineffectiveness of border walls and fences. Mr. Swallow cited how "Hitler's Nazis massed their forces (against the Maginot Line), breeched the wall (and) conquered France.” Apparently. Mr. ...

Trump’s immigration plan is a witch hunt

Trump called immigrants rapists, murders and "bad hombres" while campaigning. He claims they come here to commit heinous crimes and to take your job. Never mind that facts show these rants to be false. In border towns, crime has dropped and the flow of immigrants has lessened steadily ...

A lesson we can learn from World War II

When neighbor Nations have extreme differences it is a bad idea to build “a wall of separation.” Was this criticism directed at President Trump's border? Not so. It was levied against France in 1932 well before the President's birth. France had constructed, along its common border with ...

Our inhumanity toward children is atrocious

I must start out with I don't have the answer to this problem. For a moment try to remember the first time you sent your child or grandchild off on the school bus, the first time you saw them off to summer camp, the first time you admitted them into a hospital, and left them for a day or ...

Outcry about illegal immigrant children wrong

When an immigrant from Central America crosses our southern border illegally, he/she is breaking the law. Even if he/she brings children with them, they are lawbreakers. Yet left-wing liberals and the media are whining and complaining that when they are arrested. They are being separated from ...

Women’s health would suffer with gag rule

It is outrageous that extremists in the Trump administration are proposing to institute a domestic "gag rule" — silencing doctors and other health care workers at certain clinics from even talking about abortion. This plan would apply to staff at clinics funded by Title X — a federal ...

Unions important part of making US great

Michigan is a right to work state. This is the start of a plot to undo all Unions in America. The main object of a Union is a contract that outlines the terms of employment. This is about as American as it can be. We have a contract when we borrow money, but a car, get insurance, buy a home, ...

Fibromyalgia is real and can be managed

Fibromyalgia, despite being a mental health disorder, is misunderstood due to historical medical error guessing it an autoimmune disease — which it is not. Unfortunately, when a medical diagnosis is ascribed to medicine specialty, in this case Rheumatology, that specialty is stuck with it. ...

Give teachers deserved respect and thanks

In the news from around the country there have been ample examples of educators and support staff going to the extreme of striking in order to gain the attention of people in power about the poor working conditions they find themselves in. These are not problems in far away states and school ...

Pastor Williams will be missed by community

On April 20 our community lost a cherished pastor and friend when Jack Williams went to be with his Lord and Savior. This letter is a tribute and statement of honor to him for who he was is and always will be to so many who are still grieving. There are no words to express our sadness that ...

Too many questions about Alcona decision

On May 19, the Alpena News ran an article that the Alcona School Board had granted Consumers Power an easement along the south side of the school property. I felt I should make people aware of some of the specifics of this decision that I find concerning. 1) This is an 80 foot easement which ...

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 ...