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Letters to the Editor

City council falls short of mission statement

I am amazed at the hypocrisy of the City Council at their last meeting in regards to the appeal filed by Currier LLC. Did they even discuss and agree amongst themselves the criteria for the application process? It sure was apparent that this didn’t happen as they could not agree on the ...

Enough is enough denial of election results

Enough is enough. The peaceful and speedy transition of leadership between the winner and loser of an election marks one of the tenets of our democracy and establishes the difference between our country and places like Russia, North Korea, Cuba, China, etc. Unfortunately, our current ...

Trump’s baseless fraud claims are dangerous

For those of you who like to do google searches, try “Trump,” “2016 election”, and “voter fraud.” You will find quotes and interviews of Donald Trump, claiming voter fraud in the 2016 election he expected to LOSE. He couldn’t stomach looking like a loser, so he needed to sell ...

Media: 2020 election ‘ain’t over till it’s over’

The famous line by Yogi Berra of “it ain’t over till it’s over” is wonderfully suited for our recent election. There have been zero electoral votes awarded, therefore no winner can be declared nor can there be until that event. The media that is/has been on a relentless mission to ...

Half-hearted COVID-19 effort doomed to fail

Why is it both the high school and junior high school remain open for special programs? Are we really trying to stop the spread of COVID-19? Not to mention our elementary schools remain open. Our community needs to go all-in with closures our remain fully open. A half-hearted effort ...

Clarifying comments headlined in The News

I would like to clarify my comments as headlined in The Alpena News. I think that as presented in the paper and without clarification my comment to “suck it up” could easily be taken as uncaring and callous. This was and is not my intent to shame or belittle anyone as we all respond to ...

Elections have needed checks and balances

I have heard a lot about voting fraud both before and after the Nov. 3, 2020 election. Here is what I know is fact: 1. I volunteered to be a poll worker 2. I attended the election board learning sessions 3. I signed a document stating my party affiliation 4. I took the pledge to ...

Positives from Alpena Public Schools don’t go unnoticed

I feel like, lately, Alpena Public School families are quick to always point out the negatives publicly during these trying times of elementary schools transitioning to online learning but are oftentimes not so quick to share all of the positives. My two stepsons attend Wilson Elementary ...

Can’t clerks remove dead from voter rolls?

I have asked this question of several folks now. They all say it seems so easy. In Michigan, the following are two of the many jobs of a county clerk: register of vital statistics. Records and indexes are maintained on all county births, deaths and marriages. The clerk’s office accepts ...

Trump, GOP: Allow Americans to move on

The Republican Party had a good election. They picked up seats in the House of Representatives, maintained their majority in the Senate (pending the results of the Georgia run-offs), did well in races for governors and state legislatures, and had record voter turnout. Donald Trump, on the ...

Sympathy for those who perished from virus

I would like to take a few minutes to express my sympathy for everyone who has perished from the coronavirus. I did not use thoughts and prayers because too often those words rang hollow. So again my heartfelt sympathy for those who have died because of the virus and those whose lives ...

Expressing appreciation for our Alpena News

Every business has appreciative customers and disgruntled customers. Newspapers included. Lately, you have printed several letters from readers who are disgruntled. They have complained that The News is a poor quality publication. They have complained about the stories The News contains that ...

Wanting a better newspaper is not wrong

The motive idea in life is that everything can be better. It’s why we have fire, and the wheel. It’s why we aren’t huddled in caves battling the elements and predators. The idea of improvement is the impetus for agriculture and moveable type and industrialization and computers and equal ...

If you blew the vote Tuesday, God help us

This letter was written before the election. It failed to make the deadline for publication before the election took place. That fact is now moot. But what remains is the reality of what would happen to our country if Joe Biden wins. My letter follows: What if Biden, the likable, moderate ...

Alpena council: Change light at 2nd, Miller

Great job to the Michigan State Police troopers who pulled the two children and driver from the overturned vehicle and the Alpena Fire Department firefighters/paramedics who responded to the collision on 2nd and Miller yesterday! (”Trooper rescues kids amid back-to-back crashes in Alpena,” ...

Love your neighbors, no matter who they are

The foundation of our country is freedom. The Declaration of Independence clearly states “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Is that what’s ...

Don’t give up on your responsibility to vote

I was appalled at the results of the recent online question, “Do you vote?,” that 38% said they do not vote. That’s more than one-third of the people polled. Why don’t you vote? We’ve heard it before, “My vote doesn’t mean anything.” Yes it does. If there is something on the ...

Well done to all who made democracy work

Yesterday morning I spent nearly three hours observing the Presque Isle County Board of Canvassers as they carefully reviewed Tuesday’s general election. Guided by county Clerk Ann Marie Main, the canvassers carefully picked through a list of essential actions required of each city, village, ...

Well, America, our country just got hijacked

Today, in a country of 1.4 billion people, China’s greatest concern is 26 new cases of COVID-19 in one of its remote western communities. China is controlling its virus and its economy continues to grow. While, in America, we have had 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 in this same day. In the ...

Support Joe Biden to support hunting, fishing

Northeast Michigan is a bastion of hunting and fishing, and nobody knows better than hunters and anglers the value of wild places to pass our important leisure time. Some of those wild places disappear every day, though we fight to keep them through state and federal public lands protections, ...