Letters to the Editor

Concept of a free press, real or illusion

My lifetime has taught me to admire, respect and love the truth that is my country. In my youth I was taught to believe that our free press is our protector and our protector will always be there to tell us the truths we need to know and understand. This is the reason the press was revered and ...

Plaza Pool an investment worth the cost

The Alpena Plaza Pool at the senior high school is a valuable asset to the community and I am so glad it's here. Otherwise, I'd be curled up in my recliner watching the days to by and all the time steadily growing stiffer and weaker. Actually the Plaza Pool's simple “water walking” ...

Health department billboards inappropriate

Perhaps you recently noticed the disturbing "Get it and Forget it" billboards promoting two methods of contraception. One was a picture of an IUD and the other was Nexplanon, which is an "etonogestrel implant" in the arm. I met with a Personal Health Director at Health Dept. No. 4 about ...

We need news source from left for perspective

With reference to Carolyn Medland Nov. 4 letter: The problem of "fake news" did not begin in this decade. It is an integral part of the news and opinion business, and can only be neutralized by sound education and vigorous debate. Unfortunately, a substantial portion of public opinion ...

Republican tax cuts will only help the rich

Republicans are working behind closed doors in a partisan way to create a tax plan that hurts working families in all 50 states. It contains across-the-board tax cuts for the wealthy: 1) lowering the top individual tax rate, 2) repealing the estate tax, which helps only 5,200 of America’s ...

Republicans tax plan is simply self-serving

Republicans are racing to push through a tax bill before Americans can digest it. It is supposed to provide middle class relief. The centerpiece is a new, big standard deduction. But the problem is the bill both gives and takes away from middle and low-income Americans. It raises the lowest ...

Enjoyed play at ACT written by local playwright

Saturday evening, Oct. 28, we went to ACT to see a play that had wonderful revues in the Alpena News and was written by a local playwright. But what really happened invited us into a cozy kitchen in Holy Hallow, Tenn. Homespun America reached out to us to make us a part of their simple, yet ...

Hamlet is not Alice in Wonderland

Re: Diane Speer’s inexplicably glowing review of TBT’s equally inexplicable staging of “Hamlet” via Lewis Carroll, one wonders what the thought process was behind this “twist.” Ms. Speer’s feint to the contrary notwithstanding, there is no correlation or parallel or similarity ...

Protecting veterans from pension poaching

After serving in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, my father was honorably discharged following four years of service. At the age of 91, he was unable to care for my mother after she fractured her hip, and the process of finding an assisted living facility to accommodate both of them ...

Greed is driving early Christmas displays

I went to the store this morning, Nov. 3, and was greeted by a Santa Claus cutout. First thing that popped into my head was greed. Just got done with Halloween three days earlier and have not even had the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving yet (oh yeah, the stores probably don't make as much money ...

Yes, we are reading different Constitutions

Re Bill Johnson’s recent letter: I thought it would take longer to be outed as a godless Communist, so I suppose kudos are due Mr. Johnson. That said, my initial inclination to ignore his letter is overcome its the carping, inaccurate, pedantic nature. At the risk of seeking another of his ...

Reading a different version of Constitution

In rebuttal of Clyde Shuman's rebuttal. Clyde, you said that your copy of the Constitution was missing a page. Sorry I think you added a page. Let's flesh this out. In the Establishment Clause of the Constitution It reads: That the government of the United States will not establish a ...

Get your news from balanced, trusted sources

It is beyond doubt that Russia interfered in our last election, bombarding us with false information on Facebook. Our answer to preventing this is — us. We chose to watch the news we like, not the news that informs us. Remember, it is not illegal for a "news" station to lie to us by ...

Things to appreciate about living in Alpena

Every year, New York magazine runs a feature “What I Love About New York.” I’ve been in Alpena/Ossineke since May, and have complained about many things (e.g., the lack of fresh donuts), but there are things to, if not love, at least appreciate. In no particular order, a partial ...

The real threat to America’s democracy

Countering Rudy Bauer's recent communication: In this year's "Thirty Days of Peace" season, the Oct. 3 presentation of Richard Wolfe's "Rethinking Capitalism" was a refreshing opposing view to reactionary, neoliberal economic propaganda currently dominating both right-wing parties, ...

Supporting VanDuinen for municipal council

I was rather impressed by Thomas VanDuinen during his appearance at the community forum for city council candidates. He was the voice of reason and small government in a race that was caught up in expanding government. His points on the water rates, the war on drugs, and on government spending ...

An example of what happens with cooperation

What happens when a diverse group of Americans put their heads together for the common good? Let's take a look. The IRS, the United States Air Force, the DNR, the village of Frederic, Posen Fire Department, Byron Township, City of Alpena, Alpena Township, Presque Isle County, Midland Fire, ...

The millage for a new jail is not a boondoggle

Re David Welton’s recent letter on the proposed cost for the new jail: Setting aside his apparent surprise that an annual assessment of $912,593.00 somehow magically becomes $18.2 million over the course of 20 years (Math can be tricky like that.), one wonders exactly how much Mr. Welton ...

Opinion page columnists take a left turn

You know, dear Readers, those of you who put the best construction on things, what President Trump was saying to the widow of that hero husband of hers was, in effect, "Your husband, even though he knew of the dangers to himself, went into that battle anyway. What a hero he was." But, no, ...

Don’t be caught unaware; tour jail, vote yes

If you are planning to vote no on the new jail, think again. If you have not toured our current facility, do not vote until you do. If you are voting no because of the addition of the DDA (Downtown Development Association) understand that this has been a part of every public building you have ...