Letters to the Editor

Lawmakers making grab for retirees’ money

When is enough enough? Again Lansing lawmakers set their sights on eliminating or reducing the retirement benefits that the police and fire unions have bargained for in good faith. It appears now, they want those of us who have been part of the program for years, adjusted our budgets, ...

Proud of RC volleyball, team not ‘humbled’

I was annoyed by the headlines on the Nov. 17 sports page, “Hurons humbled in semifinals.” No way were our players humbled, both teams played their hears out and the better team won. We in Rogers City are very proud of our girls, they gave their best, they were not humbled. There is ...

Do your civic duty and take the jury duty

To me, one of the most important things a citizen can do is take jury duty. Yes it is a sacrifice, but jury duty is one of the last checks against tyranny outside voting. Under our common law tradition, and even was enunciated by Samuel Adams that not only can you judge the facts of the laws, ...

State HB on ballast water treatment wrong

I was appalled that the sponsors of House Bill 5095 (ending ballast water treatment) are so insensitive to the plight of Michigan's coastal communities they would rush this bill's passage without listening to those directly affect. This bill, sponsored buy Sue Allor among others, would strip ...

Hospital visit provides positive experience

It is human nature to enjoy listening to horror stores. MidMichigan Health-Alpena is an easy target. People come to the hospital and sometimes the problems are impossible to fix. It then becomes an opportunity to share tales of woe. After two recent inpatient stays, I was reminded how ...

Letter writer should think before insulting

In response to Mr. Shuman's letter in regards to Thunder Bay Theatre's production of Hamlet, I'd like to inform him that he has completely missed the point of the production and has obviously not heard of adaptation. Changing the setting or time period of a piece of literature is not a new ...

Swallow highlights what’s wrong with country

Former Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. Swallow wrote in the Nov. 15 Alpena News that the Constitution protects those who protest by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem and the presentation of our flag as well as those who stand. Technically he is correct. However, as our ...

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 ...