Letters to the Editor

Not in support of millage for a new county jail

Just recently I received a mailing explaining all about the current situation of the Jail and the proposed Taxes which may be assessed on the taxpayers. In the first year of the new tax, it would raise about $912,593.00. However, over 20 years it would raise some $18.2 million. What is all ...

Taking writer to task over complaints about speaker

Re: Rudy Bauer’s recent letter, let me see if I’ve got it straight. At a program entitled “Rethinking Capitalism,” part of a larger “30 Days of Peace” (red flags are flying already), a Stanford-Harvard-Yale trained “American Marxian” economist, “well known for his work on ...

Submit your recipes for the News’ cookbook

A reader favorite is returning back to The Alpena News in December. At that time home subscribers will enjoy “A Taste of Northeast Michigan” — the first cookbook that newspaper staff have tackled in three years. Supervised by Lifestyles Editor Diane Speer, again this year the ...

Farmers market deserves community support

Recently we shopped at the final outdoor Farmers Market for the season. As we walked around the market we had an appreciation for how lucky Alpena is to have an active and vibrant market. Our market is truly an asset to the community. Not only does the community strongly support the market, ...

In support of National Red Ribbon Week

Up North Prevention supports “National Red Ribbon Week” Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign observed each year in October across the United States. The mission of the Red Ribbon campaign is to demonstrate personal ...

A jail alternative for northern communities

There has been a lot of talk about supporting a new Jail. I feel it is time to think outside the box. I'm sure that several of the smaller Northern Communities all have the same issue. No space, old buildings, needed repairs, etc. I feel we should use our energy in looking to solve the issue ...

Did bridge work have role in collapse

I read in this morning's News that insurance won't cover the repairs to the North Riverside Park Boardwalk. The City says that it was caused by erosion of the ground below it. I would think that having the fourth wettest Spring on record aggravated the erosion problem but I haven't seen that ...

We need a new jail that can handle test of time

Our old jail has had its day. Now we must replace it, to lock up those who break our laws. It must be well-built to stand the test of time. The building might not be the lowest bidder. We want the job done on time and on budget. Like the $100 million dollar bridge on I-75, on time and under ...

News coverage of two-way traffic should be applauded

Thank you so much for your newspaper’s coverage of the ill-fated attempts by City Council to impose two-lane traffic without consulting the businesses or residents most affected. How fortunate that sitting council member Susan Neilsen came to her senses and changed her vote! I applaud ...

Not pleased with the speaker for 30 Days of Peace

On Oct. 3, I attended on of the 30 Days of Peace programs titled, Rethinking Capitalism — DVD and Discussion. The slogan for these programs was Peace in Our Hands. The presentation was by Richard D. Wolff, an American Marxian economist well known for his work on Marian economies, economics ...

The necessity of a new jail for Alpena

The necessity of a new jail I am writing this letter in support of the millage to construct a new county jail. This is perhaps the most important community question we have embraced in many years. Not a week goes by where I am not in touch with the jail on overcrowding situations. Today’s ...

Always enjoy visit of coming back home

On a recent visit to Alpena to attend a baby shower and visit family, I always enjoy the city I was raised in. My experience when touring Alpena and seeing changes to the city, my heart longs for days past. The majestic trees that lined State St. , the beaches, schools no longer there and ...

Looking for other avenues for a new jail

There has been a lot of talk about supporting a new jail. I feel it is time to think outside the box. I’m sure that several of the smaller northern communities all have the same issue. No space, old buildings, needed repairs, etc. I feel we should use our energy in looking to solve the ...

Is God really in charge of the weather?

In response to Marlin Goebel’s letter in Saturday’s paper, leaving aside that most of the letter is an advertisement for the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (one would have thought that the Earth, with its fossil record dating back billions of years, was a creation museum): How do recent ...

Let’s get to know each other better

Thank you for your letter. I appreciate you're concerned for your future and your grandchildren. So am I - both of ours. It's why I am running. You asked about how giving kids glasses helps the working class. Well, kids with glasses can see the board. If they can see the board, they can ...

A letter directed to Congressman Bergman

As a U.S. House Representative, you are sworn to protect and uphold the health and welfare of the people of the United States. Given the extreme standoff between the leader of North Korea and our President, we are experiencing, once again, as we did 55 years ago (The Cuban Missle Crisis), the ...

Some ideas to improve Alpena’s traffic flow

One of my favorite small town business districts is in St. Joseph, Mich. Its main street is not on a state or U.S. highway. The street is paved with bumpy bricks and the businesses thrive. Visitors need time to slow down and gawk so as to find a place to eat or shop. They don't need a ...

County in need of our support for new jail

Please join me in support for the bond issue that will finance the replacement of the Alpena County Jail. I have visited this facility and found it is in deplorable shape. The jail is outdated, beyond normal repair and maintenance, and will never comply with code. The Alpena area has seen ...

Tour of jail confirms the need for new facility

On Nov. 7, we will have the opportunity to vote on a millage to build a new jail for Alpena. I took the opportunity to tour the facility and would encourage everyone to do the same. The staff has done a tremendous job keeping the jail clean and repaired the best they can with what they have to ...

Just stop playing the national anthem, already

Ignore whether Colin Kapernick had n First Amendment right to protest what he viewed as an injustice. (He did, and it is.) Ignore whether Trump's fight with the NFL is a diversion from the fact that his agenda (if the slights and petty squabbles banging around inside his head can be called an ...