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Letters to the Editor

Buchanan was off by about 10 billion people

Regarding Pat Buchanan’s editorial published in The Alpena News on Jan. 7, 2020: CONSERVATIVES (PAT BUCHANAN) ARE MISTAKEN BY ABOUT 10 BILLION PEOPLE. “Human extinction” has been put off a few more years. World Population Forecast (2020-2050 Year (July ...

Grateful to ALL Red Kettle participants

A recent Viewpoint in The Alpena News gave a thank-you to all red kettle givers. I believe everybody who participates in any way with the Red Kettle Campaign should be thanked for their efforts. Not just those who donated into the kettles, but also those who tirelessly spent their hours in ...

Time to remove Trump for impeachable crimes

The House has voted to impeach Donald Trump — and now the Senate must convict and remove this lawless president from office. Congress can’t ignore the crime at the heart of the inquiry: Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 election by digging up dirt on a ...

The constitutional language of impeachment

The Constitution of the United States is relatively clear to anyone who will take the time to read it. Be advised that the continuous and oft-quoted statements made by various media, pundits, and political party spokespeople clearly differ from the written words found in actual constitutional ...

Alpena News can’t win with the Republicans

Trump lovers, quit crying to The Alpena News about not getting enough print for your man and the GOP! Actually, you should be sending Editor Bill Speer and Managing Editor Justin Hinkley a nice box of imported fine chocolates or a bottle of fine wine, because The Alpena News has been the best ...

Our ‘fear of the other’ leads to demonization

Don’t attack journalists. “It has to stop” … period. Yet it is the mantra of this present administration to say the “media is the enemy.” Fair-minded people recognize that if we had only one newspaper and/or one TV news broadcast we would be under a rule we don’t want to be ...

Bias not only what’s written, but what is not

The Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 edition of The Alpena News was somewhat unusual in that it included two comic sections — the usual color section and Managing Editor Justin A. Hinkley’s commentary, “I ran the numbers, and we’re not biased”. Mr. Hinkley reported that a reader had brought ...

Protect tax dollars, road money for Northeast Michigan

Everyone in northern Michigan should read Tim Skubick’s editorial in Tuesday’s paper regarding the road funding. It addresses the comments made by state Sen. Pete Lucido in a recent interview with Skubick. I watched that interview and Sen. Lucido spent most of his time shouting and ...

Bergman owes explanation for no vote on drug cost bill

U.S. House Resolution 3, the “Elijah Cummings” Lower Drug Costs Now Act, passed the House by a 230-192 vote. The Bill now goes to the Senate. Patently nonpartisan, HR 3 proposes to limit prices on prescription drugs, place an excise tax on drug corporation profits, limit increases in ...

Don’t attack journalists, but they’re biased

Yes, “it has to stop.” Attacks on journalist are wrong — period. However, that being said, I can fully understand why President Donald Trump calls the media the enemy of the people. For over two years, we were misled by the mainstream media to believe Trump colluded with Russia to steal ...

Alpena should have only one elementary

Alpena needs one elementary school and all schools need to start at the same time. Our district has one high school, one junior high, and numerous elementary schools. All the elementary school kids eventually go to one junior high and one high school in one area. Look at all the roofs that ...

Costs of ignoring God’s words are eternal

Michael Spicer calls me a moral crusader. He laments that conservatives are greedy and destroying the earth and that the pot crowd isn’t targeting Alpena children with their poison. He postulates that practicing homosexuals will get into heaven, the Bible doesn’t deal with abortion, ...

It’s OK to celebrate Christmas in parade

I would like to offer a few observations regarding Ms. Elaine Thompson’s letter of Dec. 28, which lamented the playing of Christmas carols by the high school band, and Mr. Clyde Shuman’s letter of the same date, which rebuked The News for featuring content referencing a Christian holiday. ...

Protect elections, and report accurately

Your recent article, “Elections must be protected,” caused quite a stir. The article was missing the dates of the audit and incorrectly stated that some township clerks were out of compliance with training and accreditation. One of those clerks is from my township, and she was not only ...

Is the cannabis industry targeting children?

In response to Mr. Spicer’s letter of Dec. 21, 2019 asserting that the cannabis industry is not targeting children and alludes to the safety of cannabis, I wish to enlighten him. First of all, to qualify myself, I worked in the medical field for 40 years and I have witnessed the tragedies ...

Schools: Remember church, state separation

What is the marching band of a government school, Alpena High School, doing at the Thanksgiving parade? I mean, arriving with a “burst of trumpets and crash of cymbals,” marching “a path through the crowd” (nice writing, Nov. 30, 2019) playing the Christmas carol, “Joy to the ...

So grateful to our emergency medical teams

Just wanted to say how grateful we are for our emergency medical technicians. I have never had to call them, but I did get to witness the hard work and compassion they have as they were called to our neighborhood to help. When they could do no more, the caring and compassion they showed was ...

Is our House of Representatives out of control?

Is this impeachment a joke? If we allowed our households, our businesses, our lives to get to this point, we would act! Is our House of Representatives out of control? We have three branches of government. Do we have a fourth? Our founding fathers planned it well. We are a Democracy! We are ...

Dear News: Journalism should be secular

As we approach the end of another winter holiday season — and Happy Kwanzaa, everyone — we are saddened, if not surprised, to learn that The Alpena News has decided to go all in as the house organ for the local Christian denominations. To wit, the Dec. 24 editorial, leading with five verses ...

Don’t forget those who make the world work

This glorious giving season, don’t forget those that service your household day in and out. The mail person that delivers faithfully in all kinds of weather. The newspaper person does the same, usually in the dark, in all kinds of weather. The trash people that remove all of our waste and ...