Letters to the Editor

Enbridge playing word games with Line 5

According to the March 14, 2017, edition of The Alpena News, Enbridge Inc. has identified 18 "holidays" on its Line 5 pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Whew. For a while there I was afraid that the absence of "protective covering" in 18 places on Line 5 might be something ...

Some thoughts on future of Alpena water/sewer

As a lifelong resident of Alpena County, I have followed the dispute between the city and Alpena Township over water rates. I'll reserve my opinion on the matter for another time. Things to consider are the fact that the city water/sewer infrastructure is about 100 years old, and the very ...

Welcome news about city-wide garage sale

It is so nice to hear that Alpena has organized a citywide garage sale this year. Many communities downstate have been doing this for sometime. This event is a fun way to get the community together and support its members. This is planned for the weekend of June 30, 2017-July 1, 2017. For ...

Remember there are multiple education options

May I respectfully remind Mr. Robert Kennedy and others that parents of non-public school students pay public school taxes. Why should they not be allowed to access resources for the welfare of their children? Parents are the primary educators of their offspring and in our democracy have ...

What happens to those affected by cuts?

To Mr. Trump, When you cut the domestic programs to boost the military budget, are all those people who will lose their jobs going to build airplanes? Doris Lance Alpena

Write governor, AG to keep Michigan clean

"Pure Michigan" Are these merely words or is there real muscle and integrity behind the brand? Certainly, in the next few months, the Line 5 Pipeline debate will determine just what kind of a state we really are. We, as a citizenry must demand that our State leaders uphold their fiduciary ...

Migrated legally, want others to do the same

I was an immigrant to the U.S.A., for the privilege of migrating to this country I had to meet certain criteria. I needed a report from the RCMP stating my criminal history was clean. I needed a report from an acceptable physician stating I was in good health. I had to have an occupation that ...

Thoughts to improve our health care crisis

I am not claiming I have all the answers to the healthcare crisis, but based on some personal experience with some of proposals, as well as borrowing some ideas from my friend Charles Peralo of beinglibertarian.com, I have come to some conclusions. They would not even require that much change ...

Bergman answer during call-in concerning

I am writing to express my concern about a response our Congressman, Jack Bergman gave during his phone-in town hall meeting on Tuesday evening. A questioner asked Bergman about his position on the President's proposed budget cuts to the EPA, NOAA and Great Lakes programs. Bergman responded ...

An idea to save school district some money

We all want to help our kids and our grandkids when it comes down to their education, school, teachers, etc. That makes total sense to me, but as I was coming home this evening, I happen to drive by two elementary schools and the high school. I drove by these schools late, after 8 p.m. and ...

Upset with way traffic change came about

Mayor Waligora, As a taxpaying citizen, I am concerned that a decision was made to convert the downtown portion of Second Avenue into a two-way street without consulting the people most affected by it. Three members of the EDC of the DDA who made the recommendation to the Council to effect ...

Keep friend, family in your thoughts, prayers

Sometimes in one's journey through life, we encounter a rare talent that grips our soul so firmly that it is impossible to shake free. That has been the case with my involvement with a very good friend of mine, Mr. Wade Corpus. I feel very fortunate to know Wade, to have played many musical ...

Officials need to do better with tax money

Good letter Zach Boyle. This state is in dire need of tax reform. I just returned from Florida, a state where there is no income tax. Their sales tax is 7 percent and a two liter bottle of Skyy vodka is $20. The same bottle in Michigan will cost you $26.99. More than 35% more. A gallon of gas ...

Republicans plan doesn’t seem like a plan

Regarding the Republican "replacement plan.” Apparently it is so “great” they locked the draft away in a secret location. No, the real scandal here is the fact that Republicans repealed the ACA numerous times, indeed, they won elections running against it, yet now when the rubber meets ...

Tired of the same old message from presidents

Last night (Feb. 28, 2017) I watched the perfect example of insanity. Our president addressed our Congress and us. Same O, Same O, will it make a difference? His party applauded everything he said; the other party sat with arms crossed, pouting. I have watched this scenario for years, the only ...

Consumers statement on oak wilt distressing

The recent statement issued by Consumers Power regarding Oak Wilt in Alcona County is distressing on a personal and policy level. Our expectation is that Consumers Power will take ownership of the damage done to our property and will also commit to following oak trimming guidelines in the ...

Column on Tony’s was memorable look back

Doug Pugh's recent article “Something for what was Tony's” certainly resonated with a lot of us Baby Boomers. Tony's Famous Hamburger Cafe was a major part of Alpena landscape. Back in the 1950s, eating at a restaurant was a very rare event. Let's face it, money was scarce. Only once, ...

God is prominent part of our country, history

The USA is blessed with a constitution that its founders formed on the basis of there being a God. The evidence of a God is overwhelming in the natural world when we look at the development of the butterfly or the human body. In our hearts, we know there is a God. God is revered in our ...

Local gov’t needs to do more about Line 5

Dear City of Alpena, Township, and County Governments, the Line 5 resolutions you signed last year, calling for a restriction in the amount of oil transport through the pipeline lying below the Straits of Mackinac, is anemic in response to the severity of environmental contamination that would ...

Who is telling us to keep an eye on who?

I read the letter about our new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, submitted by the failed Democratic candidate for Peter Pettalia's term limited seat with great amusement that bordered on tearful laughter. Robert Kennedy was caught red handed in the first grade school act of stealing ...