Letters to the Editor

Remember the ‘10 Cannots’ on Election Day

The campaign for votes presents only people issues but our constitution and our Bill of Rights are the real story. All future outcomes for the United States are yet to be determined. All possible outcomes rest squarely in the hands of the people and you and I will ultimately enable the growth ...

It is time to show Jack Bergman the door

In the words of Congressman Jack Bergman, “Our country is facing a financial crisis, and we’re leaving our children and grandchildren an insurmountable national debt.” I couldn’t agree more. He also said, “Balancing the budget has been a long-standing priority of mine.” To ...

Support Denise Burke for probate judge

A probate judge must handle the most important contract of your life — your total estate and how your final wishes are implemented. This year, we have two candidates running, Thomas LaCross and Denise Burke. While no doubt both have friends and colleagues that appreciate them, let me reveal ...

Tom LaCross a great advocate for people

Tom LaCross is an excellent advocate for children, people. With the judicial background, having already been judge for 12 years, he has the compassion and knowledge we need for probate judge. CONNIE HOPPE, Alpena

Why we’re seeking a millage on Nov. 6

Why a millage? When trying to solve a problem, bring all alternatives to the table. One option is to request a four-year increase in taxes. So, in the spirit of problem-solving, ask if this is a possibility. If it fails in November, we will have a plan for cuts to deal with immediate ...

Make America ‘sane and sensible’ again

When will Donald Trump’s base realize they support a loser as leader of our country? He doesn’t care about average citizens. The 5,000-plus lies told since becoming president, with all the other senseless actions demonstrated, reveal his character and morals. His $6 trillion tax break, ...

How did we get here?

What has happened that it’s come to this? Half of us put on our MAGA hats and attend ginned-up rallies and drink in every lie and prevarication from the mouth of President Donald Trump or his lackies and scream, “Lock her up!” at the mention of Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi or Dianne ...

Remember campaign sign rules

Each year, hundreds of political signs line roadsides across the state. Improperly placed signs can create safety hazards and interfere with a driver’s vision along roadways. To maintain traffic safety, while affording office-seekers the opportunity to inform the public, the following rules ...

Don’t buy the spin; time to shut down Line 5

I read recently that Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge came to an agreement on Line 5, and that U.S. Rep. Bergman and state Sen. Jim Stamas worked hard on the deal, as well. The agreement was to build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to replace the Line 5 pipeline. The project should take ...

We need to believe in and follow our God

In a recent editorial in The Alpena News about the decline of democracy, it was stated that former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy closed a presentation he made to high school students at a Constitution Day celebration in California by urging them to follow and believe in the U.S. ...

We the people, not special interest groups

Vote YES on Proposal 2 on November 6 for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Why we need this. Politicians and lobbyists draw voting maps behind closed doors that directly benefit themselves, instead of putting the interests of voters or communities of Michigan first. Our State ...

Mr. President, please don’t insult the swamps

These last two weeks for the nation in nominating a new U.S. Supreme Court justice have been the most tragic, disgraceful, disgusting and embarrassing since George Washington! Our credibility and respect around the world could not go any lower. One woman on the Hannity radio show said she “is ...

Debbie Stabenow doesn’t serve NE Michigan

Why is it the only time you see Sen. Debbie Stabenow is when it’s time for her reelection? And, really, what has she really done for Michigan other than to ride the coattails of other elected officials, that includes her time spent as a state representative. Think about this come November. ...

Allor’s voting record belies her postcard claims

If you are a politician and believe in your votes, why not tell the truth about them? On a shiny postcard sent by our current state rep., Sue Allor, she claims to be fighting for teachers and children, and investing in our schools. In reality, Allor has attacked our public schools, teachers ...

Vote pro-life, vote Bill Schuette, John James

As we approach the midterm elections, I am compelled to state my opinion on the abortion issue. We have Debbie Stabenow, our U.S. senator, and Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for governor, and both are pro- abortion, up to and including partial-birth abortion. I don’t know how any sane person ...

Some suggestions for future art exhibits

We attended the opening of the juried art exhibit, “Red,” at Art in the Loft. I was heartened to see that a few of the pieces showed imagination. I even bought one piece, a deep red, very textural painting, like a reptile skin. We did not stay long enough to hear the announcement of the ...

Recent dance recital was a beautiful program

What a beautiful evening it was. The 4-D 2nd St. Dance Co. put on a program that just keeps getting better each year! Our hope lies in our young people and the many citizens who continue to nurture the very best in our youth. What made it even better were the very young and the young-at-heart ...

Rep. Bergman’s hypocricy on health care

Jack Bergman’s latest political ad disparages Matt Morgan for supporting universal health care. I find it odd that someone who has been receiving government-provided health care for nearly 50 years thinks that government provided health care for the rest of us is a bad thing. CHRIS ...

Reich shows how radical Democrats really are

Robert Reich is at it again. He accuses President Donald Trump of attacking Democrats. You mean, Robert, those people who riot, forcing people out of restaurants, screaming in the face of people, clogging streets so that I cannot get to my job, my church, the store, children can’t get to ...

Greene will walk the walk on the Great Lakes

If you are a state rep from northern Michigan and you have been in office for two years, it seems that protecting our environment would be your top priority. So what do you do when your chance for reelection is approaching and your constituents accuse you of talking the talk but not walking the ...