Letters to the Editor

Kudos to all of the local writers, The News

It is amazing that Alpena has so many talented people to contribute their time to writing columns for The Alpena News and its readers. The breadth of knowledge and insight that they provide is remarkable. While I don’t always agree with all of the topics and opinions raised, I appreciate the ...

Democracy dies in ‘deliberate ignorance’

My mother and father, like most parents, taught me not to lie. However, they forgot to teach me one other important lesson. It is also important to teach “truth listening.” As an American citizen, it is not only important to tell the truth, but to be responsible for what we hear and read. ...

Disappointed in lack of emergency doctors

I was horrified to see that in the 2018 Medical Directory that came with Wednesday’s newspaper, there was not a single physician listed under the category of Emergency Medicine. When I joined the Alpena General Hospital medical staff in 1989, the emergency department was staffed by a full ...

Gov. Rick Snyder’s Line 5 deal is sneaky

Gov. Rick Snyder plans to sign a deal on Line 5: 1) giving Enbridge the OK to construct a tunnel (encasing Line 5 and other utility cables) under the Straits of Mackinac; and, 2) transferring ownership to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA). The problem: The MBA was not involved in crafting ...

Questioning state’s deer warning

Your readers have been made aware of the warning from officials of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health and Human Services: DO NOT EAT MEAT FROM ANY DEER TAKEN WITHIN FIVE MILES OF CLARK’S MARSH IN OSCODA TOWNSHIP. Twenty deer from the impacted area ...

Vote for change, vote for Burke

I am writing not against the current Judge, but for the candidate Denise Burke for Alpena County probate judge. For many of you with good memories with local politics, I must confess that Denise and I have been foes for many years. She ran for Alpena County prosecutor twice whilst I was working ...

Matt Morgan will protect seniors

GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are now pressing to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to pay for last year’s trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich. And yet, they propose another round of budget-busting tax cuts after November’s election. With perhaps the eldest ...

Concerned about Conklin’s jurisprudence

I have a concern about the jurisprudence of a lawyer running for Presque Isle County probate judge. When nominee for Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh strongly defended himself against wild accusations in the media of being a rapist, a Facebook meme with his likeness emerged that suggested ...

Allor doesn’t respect skilled trades workers

As an operating engineer, I take pride in doing my part to build up northern Michigan by working on repairs to our roads, bridges and other infrastructure. It’s hard work, but it’s important. I know that thousands of my friends and neighbors depend on workers like me to do the job ...

Who’s behind Voters Not Politicians? 

Who are the people behind Proposal 2? Changing the so-called gerrymandering of districts on the November ballot. I did a search on databases, state and federal level, and found nothing by that name. I found a committee on the Michigan Secretary of State site calling itself Michigan League of ...

Change for probate judge = Denise Burke

“Lackadaisical,” when Allan Frank used that word, he hit it on the head! Tom LaCross is by far the most lackadaisical judge I have worked with in my 36 years in four counties as a professional guardian. Unprofessional behaviors in court, screaming, yelling profanities, and refusing to hear ...

Kennedy misrepresented facts on Allor

I read the letter from the 2016 Democratic nominee for state representative, Robert Kennedy. I was surprised to see him frame Sue Allor as insincere — practically a liar — when it comes to her position on our natural resources. I couldn’t disagree with him more! I looked into it, ...

Research needed before legalizing pot

Current news/TV reports and ads are reporting addiction problems with cigarettes, vaping and the most current opioid crisis. These products were previously thought to be beneficial (opioids) or innocuous —science has since refuted this and we now have ads reporting the deadly effects of ...

LaCross does not give free passes in court

As a law enforcement officer for 30-plus years, I have a keen interest in the criminal justice system. Therefore, I read with some interest the Oct. 16 article in The Alpena News about candidate Denise Burke’s reason for running agsint Judge Thomas LaCross. Her reason was due to some alleged ...

We need a judge who has compassion

We need a judge who knows the law, is intelligent, has compassion and respect for our senior citizens. Ask questions and get the facts. Vote for Denise Burke. Love our seniors. BARB NIEDZWIECKI, Alpena

Please carefully consider your vote Nov. 6

Do you realize if there is a break in Line 5, we are Ground Zero? Economically, environmentally and personally the 106th state House District would be devastated. Why wasn’t Line 5 shut down until they developed a better solution? Even with the new proposal, we are left at risk for years to ...

Let’s talk about Rep. Sue Allor’s record

Can we just chat a bit about Sue Allor? What is wrong with our current political climate that we cannot see good representation when it’s right in front of us? Have we become so tribal that we cannot recognize that Sue Allor perfectly envelops our region’s political leanings. She won over ...

Vote yes on Proposals 2, 3 on Nov. 6 ballot

The League of Women Voters of Michigan and the League of Women Voters of Alpena County are urging a YES vote on Proposal 18-2, which establishes a citizens’ independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering, and a YES vote on Proposal 18-3, which will make several improvements to ...

Protect our constitution this Election Day

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, we exercise our right to vote. I urge everyone to vote to protect the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Michigan. In particular, we must vote to protect our rights of firearm ownership as enumerated in the 2nd Amendment of the United ...

Prop 2 ends consequences of gerrymandering

I’m compelled to respectfully rebut the letter to the editor citing vague, unspecified “special interests” in the author’s reasoning for opposing adoption of ballot Proposal 2 on Nov. 6. Currently, under the state constitution, procedures for determining district boundaries; the ...