Letters to the Editor

Help in battle to eliminate Parkinson’s disease

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and this does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. Symptoms vary, but include tremors, difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, speaking, and ...

Get veterans suicide prevention bill passed

At least 20 veterans commit suicide each day. This is at least 18 percent of all suicides in the United States, keeping in mind that veterans only account for 8.5 percent of the population. When veteran’s mental health issues are not addressed, many social problems can ensue including ...

Amazed at how quickly power was restored

This letter is to commend the Alpena Power Company for their exemplary service during the past and perhaps, more importantly, during the recent inclement weather on Saturday, April 14. Our electricity went out in the early morning hours ... we went into the survival mode because we ...

We need to make Trump follow the rules

It's extremely important to understand why our democracy is a miraculous treasure. After a revolution against a king's tyranny, our Founding Fathers wanted a country where laws, not a man's personal whims, would rule our decisions. That means no man is above the law, not even a ...

TBTA’s action put a price on grandchildren

I have complained, fumed and vented enough. Did you know that there is a value on your children's lives? It's $32. That's the value that Thunder Bay Transportation/Dial-A-Ride has put on my grandchildren's lives. My grandchildren, ages 5-7-9, had been riding Dial-A-Ride from Wilson School ...

Real thing always better than supplements

Common healthcare treatments recently unraveled as several universities disproved conventional wisdom surrounding cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Intrigued by research proving persons who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer and get less cancer, University of Colorado sought to ...

Workshop about Lake Huron fishery Tuesday

The Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association is working with the Michigan Sea Grant and Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee to bring a Lake Huron Fisheries Workshop to Rogers City on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center located at 131 Superior Street. ...

Selection of editorial cartoon was poor taste

Whosever decision it was to publish the editorial cartoon in the commentary section on April 4, 2018, should have taken a moment to think about the message they were aiming to get across. The young people in our community, and nationwide, are looking to adults to be partners in solving the ...

Robotics competition shows future is bright

This week I had the pleasure of watching 40 teams from throughout the State of Michigan compete in the Robotics competition at Alpena High School. Anyone who would question the commitment and talent these young people missed many of our youth at their finest. As important was the ...

We must do more to help with mental illness

After watching so many school, church and concert shootings, I can't help but acknowledge the fact that mental illness plays such a big part. If you have ever had mental illness in your family you know there is absolutely no help available here in Alpena. When someone who suffers from ...

Hats off to TBJH staff, students for talent show

We have lots of news about negative things so I want to share a positive. I was invited to the Thunder Bay Junior High talent show last week and am so delighted that I went. First of all, hats off to all the kids who performed. They were all great. Just to be able to give their best in front ...

Don’t hurt anyone, especially our children

This is not a “Letter to the Editor,” or to any of the good people who read the Alpena News. Rather, it is a letter aimed at all those people who would be customers of human traffickers. Human trafficking is a relatively polite term that is nothing less than slavery, torture, forced ...

Full investigation needed into Trump actions

We need a full investigation, including Trump testifying under oath. The list of survivors includes Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" in 2005. She accused Trump of kissing her against her will in New York in 2007 and later groping her at a Beverly Hills hotel after she ...

World is in need of more love for everyone

Do you love Jesus? For the world must be at war otherwise. Is it too simple to love each other as commanded? The Lord says “come to me.” Holy Week and Easter services are the most emotionally charged events of our Christian lives. We have seen the love our dear Savior has ...

We need to be more humane, morally sound

When should the law bend to a higher moral authority? Was it in the 1960s when blacks were beaten and arrested for sitting at an all-white lunch counter when that was against the law? Is it now, when Attorney General Sessions and other Republicans call for defunding cities that provide ...

Address the root cause of gun issue, the user

"The March.” Exercising one of your Constitutional Rights? A sign caught my eye, “21st Century Weapons 18th Century Laws.” It appears the un-thinking follower carrying that sign doesn't realize, the founders positively knew firearms and weapons would evolve. The weapons our founders had ...

Glad Rep. Bergman stayed true to his word

Often in our society we focus on the negative things that politicians and public figures do. This isn’t entirely unfair since they did sign up for a job in the spotlight, however, I think it’s important that we give credit where credit is due. Jack Bergman is a retired Three Star General ...

Quit allowing your dogs to run around free

To the dog owners of French Road and LaComb Road area, please stop letting your dogs run loose around the neighborhood, whether day time or night time. There have been two dogs, a big one and a smaller one, coming to my residence and killing and harassing my animals. Just because you live ...

Someone needs to step up, remove Trump

As a patriotic American, I cannot remain silent as our government leader moves closer to bringing the country and likely the planet to catastrophic war. My experience as a psychiatric nurse at The University of Michigan exposed me to grandiose thinking, mentally ill people with behaviors ...

NSL has great showing in contest, tourney

The North Star League must be puffing out their chests after the showing in Lansing for the boys Free throw Competition on March 24. The North Star League was represented by four players out of the top 18 from the entire state in all classes. The No. 2 qualifier was Joe Kimmerer a ...