Letters to the Editor

‘Milk’ products do need a label crackdown

As a proud dairy farmer, I must respond to the Viewpoint, “Milk Crackdown: Why?”. Every year, our farm hosts hundreds of school children and parents and every year, parents are stunned to learn that beverages labeled as some type of “milk” contain no dairy products. In fact, not to ...

Alpena Senior Center is a local treasure

One of the best-kept secrets of Alpena has been slowly leaking out. Have you been to our local senior center lately? Well, if you haven’t, I hope that you take the time and stop in soon. In the last two years, the Alpena Senior Center has been the recipient of two Michigan Health ...

Detention is traumatic for children, families

Detention, even with families, is traumatic for children and can have long-term health and developmental effects. Studies show significant impacts on children held in detention, including depression, post-traumatic stress, increased rates of anxiety, heightened risks of self-harm, developmental ...

DNR’s bait ban won’t slow deer disease

The DNR has proposed to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) a statewide ban on baiting (LP only). The Commission will act on the recommendation in the next few weeks and announce on Aug. 9. The purpose is to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). It won’t work. CWD is spread ...

Kowalewsky a strong asset in PI County

Primary elections are quickly approaching, and I want to take this chance to brief you on the register of deeds race in Presque Isle County. About one year ago, a tragic event required that someone be selected to step up, mid-term, to become the register of deeds there. Vicky Kowalewsky was ...

Better off? It’s time for a change in Lansing

Here is the question Michiganders need to be asking themselves. Are you better off now then you were eight years ago? At a recent forum, a candidate said “people are struggling.” The evening then became a conversation about people’s frustrations and worries. A woman ...

Veterans office helps vets and community

I am writing today to urge all voters to support and approve the millage renewal (with slight increase) of the Alpena County Veterans Office. The benefit produced by this small, two-man operation is by far a huge plus for the entire county. Not only is the local veteran and their family ...

Conklin is the standout for PI probate judge

In this day and age, it is important that people pay attention to who they are electing to represent them. I did research and found that, of the three running for probate judge in Presque Isle County, only one really stands out. That is Rogers City native and resident Katy Conklin. Katy is the ...

Vote to renew Youth and Recreation tax

The Alpena League of Women Voters is urging a “yes” vote on the Youth and Recreation Renewal Millage. After studying recreation, the League came to a consensus that recreation in the area should have coordination of functions and facilities throughout the Alpena area. These needs will be ...

Michigan can be a ‘top-10’ state for jobs

We would like to take an opportunity to share with the residents of Northeastern Michigan an exciting opportunity to get involved with something we believe is important to all of us: the betterment of our economy, our communities, and our beautiful state of Michigan. Just eight years ago, ...

There is no winner in the water dispute

As a township resident with water and sewer services, I could not believe the $803,000 attorney and expert fees reported in the Alpena News today. For the past four years we have paid double for water and sewer in anticipation of “winning” the lawsuit against the city. There is no ...

Don’t be stupid, go to your dentist

With many medical diseases, researchers find strong risk factors and then determine how the risk factor is associated with the disease. Occasionally, risk factors are directly linked to disease by cause and effect, such as infectious diseases. Other diseases are more difficult and are proven ...

Conklin would be a just judge for PI County

Remember the parable of the unjust judge in Luke, Chapter 8? This man neither feared God nor had respect for people, until a determined widow brought him to heel. Ever wonder how such a bad actor became a judge in the first place? Probably because no one checked his record! This year in ...

Vote yes for Alpena Community College

The Alpena League of Women Voters is urging a “yes” vote on the Alpena Community College renewal millage. The League position based on previous study and member agreement states that there should be adequate plant facilities for implementation of education, an educational system that meets ...

People in the news not that far removed

I grew up in Presque Isle. Since I moved to New York several years ago, I’ve met neighbors as friendly and openhearted as anyone in the Midwest, and they have the same community values. In fact, the only difference between my neighbors here and those I grew up with is that those here are ...

Why isn’t American’s death on Time cover?

Justin Lee. You heard/read about him in the news, right? No? Please allow me to tell you about one day in his young life. We begin at the end. On a warm, bucolic day in southeast Michigan, Justin Lee, 14, had returned home from Walled Lake Western High School. Earlier in the year, Lee ...

Alpena comes to the aid of visiting couple

My husband and I recently visited Alpena as part of his birthday celebration. The festivities did not turn out as we had planned. While waiting for our meal at a local restaurant, my husband experienced a medical episode that resulted in an ambulance trip to the local hospital. Thankfully, he ...

Someone needs to ask what Jesus would do

WWJD Do you know what those four capital letters stand for? Christians do. Those letters were placed on wrist bands as a reminder when you were faced with a dilemma. WWJD What would Jesus do with the children at the border? The cruel, immoral, damaging Trump policy promoted by a smug, better ...

Standing with Trump on law and order policies

I stand with President Trump in his law and order policies. Especially when it comes to immigration. When someone comes onto your property uninvited you call the police to get them off your property or shoot them dead right? Do you keep your doors open and gates to your driveway? When someone ...

Walls might not be perfect, but they work well

In his letter published on 6/23, a Mr. J. P. Swallow provided a historical lesson concerning the ineffectiveness of border walls and fences. Mr. Swallow cited how "Hitler's Nazis massed their forces (against the Maginot Line), breeched the wall (and) conquered France.” Apparently. Mr. ...