Letters to the Editor

Viewpoint needs to stop slamming the VA

In light of yet another article written by the Alpena News Viewpoint writer denigrating the Veterans Administration, I feel compelled to write a letter in defense of the largest healthcare system in the United States. For the writer of the Viewpoint to continue to blanket assault of the VA ...

Left ‘Our Town’ feeling like real human being

I believe Thornton Wilder was the Ernest Hemingway of playwrights. His dialog is simplistic yet will reach the very soul of every picture that dialog paints. Kudos should first go to Jay Kettler, the director, who has a lifetime of experience in what very good stage production should present. ...

Power has done what it always has done

Lord Acton, a British historian and moralist, offered us the opinion that there is an observable outcome for all of those who seek power. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” No, as is often the case, he was not the first to express this opinion but his the one ...

A little perspective about State Theater sign

For our younger people to decry the removal of the Marquee at the State Theater, we must remember history repeats itself. In 1956 The Butterfield Theater Chain removed the original Marquee and MALTZ sign, bricked over the windows of the facade and covered the lower half of the building with ...

New generation of leaders deserves support

When I returned to this community as an adult I was 30 years old and full of great ideas about how to energize the city. Some of them we accomplished, some of them didn't. Some of them were inspired, some of them were just stupid, be we cared, and we tried, and we worked hard. We had a lot of ...

Times reinforce need for Second Amendment

The Saturday, March 17, 2018, Alpena News contained a letter by Mr. Sam Eiler in which he attempted to define the term liberal and at the same time took some swipes at the NRA. His definitions of liberal do not sound all that threatening unless you realize that the modern liberal is more ...

Besser Museum has something for everyone

I just want to take a minute to praise a seemingly under appreciated resource in Besser Museum. My wife and two young children spent the day there last Saturday and I was astonished by the facility. Some of the highlights of our visit were… ∫ A wonderfully narrated planetarium show ...

Time to be proactive with better school safety

As the entire country is saddened and angry at another school shooting. And as the different factions debate the Secnd Amendment, gun control, what to do and etc. I would like to tell you what we observe in our winter community of Brownsville, Texas. If you don't know, Brownsville sits right ...

Improve school safety, but don’t arm teachers

Let's arm the teachers. What a great idea. Provide 9 mm Glocks to people who very often have to buy classroom supplies for their students because school districts are too broke to provide pencils or even books for some classes. But somehow these districts will come up with the money to vet, ...

Mental illness not a reason seniors struggle

Our oh so friendly Social Security Administration has decided that they are capable of determining a person's mental health. When a senior citizen decides to get some help managing their day to day financial affairs, the Social Security Administration can determine that the citizen is mentally ...

Make sure we praise both advisers of FFA

Wonderful letter to the editor of what our Alpena FFA has done for Alpena, but let's give credit to both of our advisers Ron Worth and Melissa Smith. Both give countless hours to help Alpena and our FFA students. So hats off to all of them for their hard work, they are a great bunch of ...

Looks like Dems had different view of cuts

My my my. Didn't the Democrats warn that if the Trump tax bill became law that it would be a tax cut for the wealthy and would destroy the middle class? That is what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said. Then why are the Democrats helping high tax states that are run by Democrats to sue the ...

Let’s take a good look at definition of liberal

Re: Mr. Butkowski's letter, I infer “NRA good, Liberals Bad.” He says nothing bad about the NRA; nothing good about liberals. What else am I supposed to thing? At least, I'm thinking. Yes, the NRA has done “plenty of good,” but when will NRA defenders weigh this “good” against the ...

Unborn child deserves same rights as Dreamer

I am writing to address a very serious concern that I have as I watch the newscasts today, on Jan. 19. We are faced with a possible shutdown of the government tonight because the Democrats are fighting for DACA and the Dreamers to have the right to stay in this country, although they ...

A litle clarity about the Second Amendment

Hopefully a quiet voice will clarify the necessity for and the power of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The Declaration of Independence spoke of “unalienable right” for the people but our newly created Constitution was basically a document which detailed ...

Teams, fans need to display sportsmanship

I think this applies to all games in northeastern Michigan. I attended the Girls District Basketball tournament on Feb. 28 and March 2 at Alcona. At the conclusion of the final game and prior to the presentation of the winning trophy to Alcona, the Oscoda team, most (but not all) of ...

Appreciate police chief responding to letter

Today I received a call from the Alpena police chief regarding my letter to the News about handicap parking. He understood my concerns and was very helpful. I appreciated the call and the attention he paid to me. I think it's right that he receive recognition for his efforts. I would also like ...

Statistics don’t always tell the full message

In reading Larry Elder's column in Friday March second’s Alpena News paper, it provided me with much food for thought. I know statistics don't lie but they can be cherry picked to prove almost any point you want to make. There is one vital point Mr. Elders failed to state and that is that ...

Statistics don’t always tell the full message

In regards to the letter by June Perry on Feb. 24, her letter is misleading. The reason why Republicans and President Trump canceled Obama’s unconstitutional and irresponsible bill on Social Security was because it made no sense and persecuted veterans as well as others. The former bill ...

NRA has done plenty of good for the country

In regards to the letter by June Perry on Feb. 24, her letter is misleading. The reason why Republicans and President Trump canceled Obama’s unconstitutional and irresponsible bill on Social Security was because it made no sense and persecuted veterans as well as others. The former bill ...