Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Drivers need to keep lights on in bad weather

Please remind drivers of all types of vehicles to drive with lights on. Yesterday on the way to Petoskey and back we met several vehicles of all types and sizes being driven without lights on. In the fog and later snow and rain it was very difficult to see them either meeting them or ...

Trump corruptible like all other politicians

I am writing today in regards to the article “Trump repeating some behaviors he criticized in Clinton.” I, like many other people in the U.S., voted for Donald Trump. I am not afraid to admit it anymore. I voted for him because he became wealthy before running for public office, as opposed ...

What happens if ACA is repealed by Congress

I understand one of the first votes Congress is likely to make will regard health care. While the “repeal and replace” slogan is favored, I hope they will consider all the citizens of our District as they choose a course of action. We have about 2,000 citizens of Alpena County who now ...

Stop pushing coal, renewable energy works

In reference to your editorial of Dec. 20, why do you and other conservatives advocate ignoring the 90-plus percent of scientific consensus that says our biosphere (where we live) is in danger from the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? That carbon dioxide comes ...

Agreement shows how gov’t should work

I am writing today in regards to the article “Harrisville officials enter agreement for more harbor grant funds.” In this divisive political time, it can be rather difficult to have an actual discussion on the merits of any infrastructure plan. These grants funds are a proof that properly ...

Non-traditional care has breakthroughs

It is always a welcome surprise when health care professionals in non-traditional medicine demonstrate health breakthroughs that can help our patients. Over a decade ago, chiropractor treatment proved superior to traditional medicine in treating acute low back pain. Shortly thereafter, ...

Media needs to make sure facts are reported

There was much inaccurate information prevalent in the 2016 election and a great deal of free air time reflecting the cult of personality that dominated it. As citizens, we would like to see accurate and detailed information, information that has been fact checked for authenticity, information ...

We have to do all we can to protect children

It has come to my understanding that there are Bullies in our Alpena schools. Bullies that have burned a girl's hair, cut this girl, held her down, meanwhile one of the Bullies videotaping and posting on snapchat. Another girl, feeling sorry for the victim reaches out to friend this victim. ...

Vote might change if others dealt with wolves

Your reprint of the editorial by the Port Huron Times Herald (Saturday, Dec. 3) about recent court decisions about wolf hunt legislation and the "victory" the courts gave to the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected lobby deserves comment. It is true that in 2014 Michigan voters rejected two ...

Praise for those who made station possible

The Hillman community can be so proud of the volunteers who offer hours of time in getting our local radio station, WXHR, on the air. Over the past year there have been sports broadcast, some local news, school Tiger News which I think the students are doing a great job each week, and some ...

Bills will help ensure Michigan’s energy future

Michigan’s energy infrastructure is undergoing significant transformations for the first time in decades. Old coal plants are shutting down and Michigan needs a plan to ensure the lost power doesn’t affect reliable or affordable energy in the state. That means Michigan workers must build ...

A special kind of stupid that can be answered

Just Google "a special kind of stupid" and you will find some interesting references. I would like to use one of those inferences. It takes a special kind of stupid to believe that a Chance Big Bang Explosion could produce an insect that lays eggs only on the milkweed plant so that the ...

Lots needs to be done, maybe Trump can do it

On March 8, 2016, the people voted directly for the President and for the first time did not follow the Constitution. The winners were the nominees. Before this they were nominated by the electors at the convention held in July or August and this was the start of a campaign to elect a ...

Glad we won’t have fake news any more

For the last eight years, I've watched anti-Obama postings go by on Social media, on a daily basis. Most of them proven to be fake. What a relief to know, that for the next four to eight years, we won't have to invent any more bad stuff. Vic Mastrogiovanni Presque Isle