Letters to the Editor

Things to appreciate about living in Alpena

Every year, New York magazine runs a feature “What I Love About New York.” I’ve been in Alpena/Ossineke since May, and have complained about many things (e.g., the lack of fresh donuts), but there are things to, if not love, at least appreciate. In no particular order, a partial ...

The real threat to America’s democracy

Countering Rudy Bauer's recent communication: In this year's "Thirty Days of Peace" season, the Oct. 3 presentation of Richard Wolfe's "Rethinking Capitalism" was a refreshing opposing view to reactionary, neoliberal economic propaganda currently dominating both right-wing parties, ...

Supporting VanDuinen for municipal council

I was rather impressed by Thomas VanDuinen during his appearance at the community forum for city council candidates. He was the voice of reason and small government in a race that was caught up in expanding government. His points on the water rates, the war on drugs, and on government spending ...

An example of what happens with cooperation

What happens when a diverse group of Americans put their heads together for the common good? Let's take a look. The IRS, the United States Air Force, the DNR, the village of Frederic, Posen Fire Department, Byron Township, City of Alpena, Alpena Township, Presque Isle County, Midland Fire, ...

The millage for a new jail is not a boondoggle

Re David Welton’s recent letter on the proposed cost for the new jail: Setting aside his apparent surprise that an annual assessment of $912,593.00 somehow magically becomes $18.2 million over the course of 20 years (Math can be tricky like that.), one wonders exactly how much Mr. Welton ...

Opinion page columnists take a left turn

You know, dear Readers, those of you who put the best construction on things, what President Trump was saying to the widow of that hero husband of hers was, in effect, "Your husband, even though he knew of the dangers to himself, went into that battle anyway. What a hero he was." But, no, ...

Don’t be caught unaware; tour jail, vote yes

If you are planning to vote no on the new jail, think again. If you have not toured our current facility, do not vote until you do. If you are voting no because of the addition of the DDA (Downtown Development Association) understand that this has been a part of every public building you have ...

Invest county’s money to build the future

When I ran for office and was asked about the county jail, I thought it was an issue that needed a careful head to wade through. While lawsuits are something that should be avoided, at the same time political entrepreneurship should be avoided too, thus my mixed answer during the campaign. I ...

County in need of new jail, so vote yes

I would like to support a new jail and preface my support from citizens who are supporting a new fail facility also. Kenneth Oke: “Our old jail has had its day and must be replaced.” Kathy Froggett: “I toured the jail, overcrowding issues and health concerns left me unsettled.” Alpena ...

Not in support of millage for a new county jail

Just recently I received a mailing explaining all about the current situation of the Jail and the proposed Taxes which may be assessed on the taxpayers. In the first year of the new tax, it would raise about $912,593.00. However, over 20 years it would raise some $18.2 million. What is all ...

Taking writer to task over complaints about speaker

Re: Rudy Bauer’s recent letter, let me see if I’ve got it straight. At a program entitled “Rethinking Capitalism,” part of a larger “30 Days of Peace” (red flags are flying already), a Stanford-Harvard-Yale trained “American Marxian” economist, “well known for his work on ...

Submit your recipes for the News’ cookbook

A reader favorite is returning back to The Alpena News in December. At that time home subscribers will enjoy “A Taste of Northeast Michigan” — the first cookbook that newspaper staff have tackled in three years. Supervised by Lifestyles Editor Diane Speer, again this year the ...

Farmers market deserves community support

Recently we shopped at the final outdoor Farmers Market for the season. As we walked around the market we had an appreciation for how lucky Alpena is to have an active and vibrant market. Our market is truly an asset to the community. Not only does the community strongly support the market, ...

In support of National Red Ribbon Week

Up North Prevention supports “National Red Ribbon Week” Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign observed each year in October across the United States. The mission of the Red Ribbon campaign is to demonstrate personal ...

A jail alternative for northern communities

There has been a lot of talk about supporting a new Jail. I feel it is time to think outside the box. I'm sure that several of the smaller Northern Communities all have the same issue. No space, old buildings, needed repairs, etc. I feel we should use our energy in looking to solve the issue ...

Did bridge work have role in collapse

I read in this morning's News that insurance won't cover the repairs to the North Riverside Park Boardwalk. The City says that it was caused by erosion of the ground below it. I would think that having the fourth wettest Spring on record aggravated the erosion problem but I haven't seen that ...

We need a new jail that can handle test of time

Our old jail has had its day. Now we must replace it, to lock up those who break our laws. It must be well-built to stand the test of time. The building might not be the lowest bidder. We want the job done on time and on budget. Like the $100 million dollar bridge on I-75, on time and under ...

News coverage of two-way traffic should be applauded

Thank you so much for your newspaper’s coverage of the ill-fated attempts by City Council to impose two-lane traffic without consulting the businesses or residents most affected. How fortunate that sitting council member Susan Neilsen came to her senses and changed her vote! I applaud ...

Not pleased with the speaker for 30 Days of Peace

On Oct. 3, I attended on of the 30 Days of Peace programs titled, Rethinking Capitalism — DVD and Discussion. The slogan for these programs was Peace in Our Hands. The presentation was by Richard D. Wolff, an American Marxian economist well known for his work on Marian economies, economics ...

The necessity of a new jail for Alpena

The necessity of a new jail I am writing this letter in support of the millage to construct a new county jail. This is perhaps the most important community question we have embraced in many years. Not a week goes by where I am not in touch with the jail on overcrowding situations. Today’s ...