Letters to the Editor

Why do we abhor criticism in this town?

Expanding from Mary Beth Stutzman’s recent column, why are we so afraid to point out something that is not as good as it should be (or could be) — or worse, is affirmatively bad? A theater production is absurd in its conception (without even considering its actual performance). A new ...

Shutdown is all about Dems’ politics

Don’t be misled by the chaos that is going on in the government shutdown. There is but one reason and one reason only that this obstruction is going on. It has nothing to do with illegal immigration, threats to our nation, who is right and who is wrong, or do we need the wall or the money to ...

Time for township to revisit blight rules

Many citizens of Alpena Township have spoken and they have overwhelming rejected sections 4 and 5 of Blight Ordinance 135 (International Property Maintenance Code). There seems to be many reasons for their concerns. Legally, all of the rules were followed in the adoption of Ordinance ...

Responding to Bergman’s column on shutdown

In a recent column, Rep. Jack Bergman pointed out there was a difference between our northern and southern borders. Yes, there is! We have people fleeing for their lives from dangerous countries on our south and we have people fleeing the USA on our north to Canada. Mr. Bergman said “we ...

Stop parking in front of hospital doors

I am tired of complaining, so I find it now necessary to try a new approach. I have complained to the once-called Alpena Regional Medical Center and now-called MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena regarding cars either parked or standing at the main entrance drive of the hospital reception ...

Gun industry ‘slump’ just more bias from AP

The Alpena News Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 issue on Page 3A contained an article titled “Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry,” by Lisa Marie Pane of the Associated Press. The article states background checks for firearm sales in 2016 were 27.5 million and have only ...

In response to question on border wall’s need

The most salient omission from this letter to the editor (”Do we need a wall at the southern border?”, published Jan. 12) is a critical analysis of what is presented by the author as factual data. The illicit drugs seized at legal U.S. ports of entry, for example, are quantifiable because ...

May God lead this nation to Him for forgiveness

With reference to this year’s March for Life, noting 46 years since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by our Supreme Court legalizing abortion, syndicated columnist Star Parker writes in her article printed on the Commentary page of The Alpena News for Jan. 18, 2019: “There is little doubt in ...

Do we need a wall at the southern border?

As a Michigan teacher, I remember migrants coming every fall to pick produce. They were welcomed and schools provided bilingual services to their children. “Illegal” or legal wasn’t discussed. We needed these good workers. A friend was the accountant for a landscaping company. Their ...

Please, take seizures in dogs seriously

A local family in Alpena is devastated this week after being told by multiple vets that seizures are not fatal to dogs. The family called the early morning of Jan. 2 after their young dog, Keno age 2, had five seizures. The on-call doctor seemed unconcerned and said the seizures were not ...

Pondering on change and adaptation

What to make of the most recent offering from Joe Bastow and Anne Bastow Heraghty (more colloquially, “Siblings Anne and Joe”)? To begin, I cannot recall the last time someone opened with a quote from John C. Calhoun. Were other slavery apologists unavailable for comment? Did Google not ...

Wind turbines in beautiful Michigan

Reading articles in The Alpena News regarding the resident of Presque Isle County’s concern on installation of wind turbines prompted me to write. The first time I encountered a “wind farm” was in Michigan’s beautiful Thumb area. It is no longer beautiful. The farm consists of ...

Hey, it’s property tax time! Happy New Year!

Are you happy with your taxes? I feel once you become a senior, 65, you should not have to pay school taxes or college taxes, you paid them all your life. Now you pay for young people with kids that live off the state, and keep having kids, for the state and us to pay for. They need a ...

Shouldn’t pass bad environmental policy

As the 2018 lame-duck session of our state legislature winds down, I see that our state Sen. James Stamas continues his sponsorship of corporate polluter-friendly bills. He recently introduced Senate Bill 1244, a big Christmas gift to our Michigan polluters. This is a last-ditch effort for Sen. ...

Remembering Margaret Knechtel this holiday

Linke’s Flowers was established in 1907 by Alfred Linke. Margaret Linke Knechtel ran the business on Mirre and Fifth Street until it was destroyed by fire in 1997. The business then moved to M-32, where she ran the business unitl her death in 1999. In the early days of fall, Margaret and ...

Gov. Snyder, voters have spoken; listen

Gov. Snyder, I read that you will decide the fate of the lame-duck bills passed by the Republican majority based on what you perceive are the wishes of the citizens of Michigan. I hope that is true. With this last election, voters told you they want change. Hear them. Let that be your ...

Library, school proposals both noble causes

I read in today’s Alpena News, Dec. 13, 2018 edition, about the Alpena Library wanting to float a millage issue vote this spring. Together with the millage issue of the Alpena Public Schools, both of these millage requests are for noble causes in my opinion. What could be more worthy an ...

Finance schools, not a border wall

Our tax dollars should be used to improve our schools, childcare and health care, not to finance the Trump administration’s heartless, anti-immigrant policies. For example, Congress could use the $5 billion requested for a border wall to instead fund a 30-percent increase in federal aid ...

Impressive health care offered in Alpena

We’ve all heard the expression “I had a Monday.” Well, Monday, Nov. 26 was a Monday I’ll never forget. It all began around 8:30 a.m., when I had received a call that my sister in-law of 25 years had lost her fight with cancer. She was 56. Family needs family in a time of grief, so I ...

MediLodge, McWilliams take good care

On Sunday, Nov. 25, our mother, Marian Gennrich, died following complications from replacement hip surgery. There are two institutions in Alpena that merit special recognition for their part in taking care of Marian and our family. First is the Long Rapids Road MediLodge and Rehab Center. The ...