It’s a newspaper, not a Papal encyclical

Responding to Allison Mucha’s May 27, 2017, letter to the editor, I admit that I am new to the greater Alpena area, but still, the Alpena News looks like any other small town newspaper. To put perhaps too fine a point on it, it looks like every other secular small town newspaper. For Ms. Mucha to suggest that the News should not print unsolicited letters that she finds offensive, is to ignore the very definition of the word “opinion.” Further, unless the story did not make the mainstream media (e.g., New York Times), I was not aware that Ms. Mucha had been appointed (by whom? God Himself? One of His minions?) as the arbiter of what is or is not blasphemous. But enough. Closing, given Ms. Mucha’s fondness for extensive quotations from the Bible, I am surprised she glossed right over Mark 12:17 (“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”) The Alpena News, like every other newspaper, is Caesar’s.

Clyde A. Shuman

Ossineke