Letters to the Editor

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of ...

The wisdom in taking a daily multivitamin

A healthy diet (plant-based and matched to one’s blood type) aside, there is wisdom in taking a daily multivitamin based on 75 years of human experience … and a recent study Harvard-lead study. According to the “Physician Health Study II” there was a 8 percent reduction in those ...

DeVos got where she is because of money

It is abundantly clear to everyone that Betsy Devos is not qualified to be Secretary of Education. I think it's interesting that the only two Republican Senators who had the courage to stand up for their principles and vote against her confirmation were women. And it's very disturbing that ...

In agreement with other letter about editorials

In total agreement with the letter from Carol Shafto dated Fe. 4, 2017, pertaining to the fact the author to the viewpoint does not identify themselves, as all other letters are requireed to have signature to ID themselves. As was noted the viewpoint column has a strong appearance to being a ...

Some tips to help you have a healthier life

Often we physicians tell patients not to drink, smoke, eat bacon, motorbike without a helmet or similar advice interpreted as killing all that is joyful in life. Occasionally, however, we offer information that is easy and saves money. If you're trying to prevent thinning bones, track your ...

So nice to have masses back at St. John’s

We would like to express our feelings about the 5 o'clock mass on Sunday at St. John's. It's so easy once again to go to church. The ushers are wonderful gentlemen, they open doors for you and greet you with a big Christian smile. The parking is also very easy and no steps at St. John's ...

Paper biased with double standard for Trump

Your news has been biased against Trump since last summer, and is now very misleading representing President Trump. Those political cartoons as well as most of the columnists are a double standard. Examples recently are several cartoons depicting Trump as a puppet of Russia's Putin. Trump is ...

Where was coverage of the Women’s March?

We were disappointed that The Alpena News chose not to cover the historic Women’s March that happened not only in Washington, DC but in Michigan cities and around the U.S. and the world. Such a significant news story should have been front page news. Over two million people marched ...

White House turns its back on friends, allies

Really? Turning our backs on those who've helped us? Apparently the incoming administration is denying refuge to our friends and allies. Their solution is to ban refugees from countries that have had nothing to do with the terrorist acts which have taken place in our nation since 9/11. ...

Where’s the name of author on ‘Viewpoint’?

I know I have said this, many times before to no avail, but I would like to know whose viewpoint I am reading in the Viewpoint column on the editorial page of the Alpena News. I especially am interested if it is called a "Local Viewpoint.” There are bylines on stories, and the columns ...

Trump’s action are bring harm to everyone

Our constitution begins with “We the People,” not “I the President.” Trump's executive orders have brought immeasurable harm here and around the globe: 1. Halting immigration targeting mainly Muslim countries 2 Reversing Universal Health Care (Obamacare) 3. Building walls ...

We don’t need to spend millions on voter fraud

I am writing in regards to the article “Voter ID lawsuits live on despite likely Trump policy shift.” Who bears the cost of these voter ID laws and cards? We the taxpayers are the ultimate losers here. It appears that many people do not understand the consequences of illegally voting; ...

Border adjustment tax is not good for US

Congress is proposing an idea that every American should shudder at. That idea is the border adjustment tax. While it seems innocent enough, it is the farthest thing from. It would tax the revenues of imports and would count exports as losses if you buy the goods in the U.S. and ship them ...

Trump presidency is bad for NE Michigan

And so it begins. Voting does have consequences … and not all of them good. Our “Tweeter in Chief” has begun to dismantle the America we’ve known and loved. Despite his hyped campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” America was already great and getting greater. Those days ...

Charter schools should face same scrutiny

I am writing to you in regards to the article ‘Lawmakers may repeal state’s school intervention law.’ With the new appointment of Betsy DeVos for the Secretary of Education position in Trump’s cabinet, I have to wonder more about charter schools. Betsy DeVos is a believer of not only ...

Politics trumps human life and suffering

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including four million children, without the security of health coverage. Millions of people who purchase their own insurance would see an increase in their ...

Manson treated better than veterans

Why is it that a nation like the United States of America, being so full of "patriotic minded" citizens, a mass murderer such as Charles Manson, gets infinitely better medical care than our veterans do? Talk about a mass example of hypocrisy. Steve Hatley Alpena

Alpena needs to do better job removing snow

“We should all complain ... but we shouldn't have to.” This is my complaint A couple of years ago while attempting to walk to a social engagement, I slipped and fell into a puddle trying to climb over an unshoveled snowbank at the corner of unshoveled property. Although I didn't not ...

Disappointed Huntington leaving Ossineke

I was sad to hear the First Merit Bank (Huntington) in Ossineke is closing Friday, Feb. 17. The bank has been a part of Ossineke for almost 50 years. It shows that the Huntington Bank has no regard for the community of Ossineke or the customers they serve. This affects the elderly the most who ...

Wilson Township stuck with new assessment

In 2014 the Michigan State Tax Commission conducted an "Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements (AMAR) on the property tax rolls of Wilson Township. The property tax assessor did not meet minimum requirements. Seven of 11 elements were not completed. The Assessor had to provide a corrective ...