Letters to the Editor

Times have changed but not for the better

What a pickle we are in. When I hunted as a teenager, my clip only could hold five rounds by law. But from the 1950s on, the NRA and gun lobbyists and inept Congress didn`t put the brakes on, so now thousands of people have rifles that can shoot 700 rounds per minute, don`t have to give them ...

DHD’s cavalier attitude toward birth control

District Health Department No. 2 has two large billboards in the city of Alpena with an ad campaign for female birth control devices. They feature a photo of a young lady with two types of implantable birth control devices, and the phrase "Get it, and forget it." I know that by and large, ...

Is Michigan really ready for Muslim governor?

After reading in the paper of the doctor who believes Michigan is ready for a Muslim governor, I felt the need voice my opinion. Why the shock about the amount of money he has raised? He has the whole Muslim community behind him. How does providing schoolchildren with glasses help the economy ...

Our county gives us freedom to make choices

I never thought I'd ever be writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper, but I feel compelled to comment on the protests over the national anthem whether standing or kneeling. This is the “Land of the free and the Home of the brave.” “Free to make our own choice to kneel (which ...

In support of new jail, but not DDA capture

I believe a new county jail is needed and today I would vote yes. But, I read thatthe Downtown Development Agency is able to "capture" some of that millage for their use. I'm opposed to that. If the millage is approved, I want allmonies to go toward the new jail. Unless I read the DDA has ...

Public education key to competing globally

I've noticed comments made by company officers looking to locate in Alpena area which indicate that we do not have a work force in our area trained to preform the highly technical skills needed to produce products. Vocationally technically trained work force is not a given outcome of “one ...

Hurricanes a reminder that God is in charge

Katrina, Harvey, and Irma all made recent headlines, demonstrating the great power of water and flooding. The Glacial Missoula Lake, located in Montana, overran many western states after it broke away. This cataclysmic flooding caused the Grand Canyon to form. In a visit to the Ark ...

Graham-Cassidy bill not good for families

The Graham-Cassidy health care repeal plan would threaten the health of my family, and of children and families across our community and state. If passed, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage and raise costs for people lucky enough to hang onto their ...

A refreshing change from today’s movies

I had laid down and just wanted to watch something easy Saturday night. I share my house with two gentlemen and they have the “Gold” package on cable. Seems like even though there were all those choices, there was nothing I wanted to see. Then, “For a Few Dollars More” caught my eye. I ...

Prevention more effective health alternative

When the weather starts turning colder, my thoughts turn toward winter which brings the ice and thick footwear causing falls. Inevitably, this means more people will be in nursing homes recovering from hip fractures due to osteoporosis, which is unfortunate as osteoporotic fractures are ...

Refreshing to watch TV with no swearing

I had laid down and just wanted to watch something easy Saturday night. I share my house with two gentlemen and they have the "Gold" package on cable. Seems like even though there were all those choices, there was nothing I wanted to see. Then, "For a Few Dollars More" caught my eye. I had ...

Enjoying the flags down Washington Ave.

As I approached the river on Washington, the beautiful display of flags waving in the wind brought tears to my eyes ... this is not only beyond beautiful, it is a wonderful way to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. We are proud to call Alpena our hometown. Even ...

Learning new life lessons about moms

My wife recently spent some time in the hospital and then a lengthy stay in re-hab (she is home and doing fine). Running a house, laundry, shopping, a new puppy, daily visitations with her, paying bills, cleaning house, etc. etc. gave me a new outlook on single mom's. A tip of my hat to you. ...

Finding the answer is as simple as Google

Regarding Steve Murch’s September 9 op-ed, “The words of our Founding Fathers,” and leaving aside the substance and grammar of the piece, there is the nearly incandescent error at the front. To wit, what Mr. Murch asserts is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence is, in fact, ...

Understanding gerrymandering, your vote

There are many people who want nothing to do with politics and are distressed by dysfunctional government. Possibly it is because it is very hard to find ways to change the system or to feel like our voice and vote matter. Something called gerrymandering does take our voice away. In ...

Upset by photo of unsanitary food handling

Ewww. The front page picture in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, Alpena News of the volunteers pulling pork for the Locavore Dinner left me grossed out. No gloves, aprons or hair coverings and one looking like she's either wiping her nose or mouth with her bare hand. That's one dinner I'm glad I didn't ...

Have an election for recycling fee

I personally oppose the county imposing a $20 fee on residents for recycling without the people voting on it. I pay to have my garbage picked up, why would I want to pay more to take my garbage to a recycling center? Since the county is already paying for a special election for the purpose ...

Township decision fails young community

This letter is in regards to the special use permit that was denied to Stenz Wrestling Club, LLC by the Township Planning Commission. I think that this is absolutely horrible on Alpena Township’s behalf. Here is young couple in the community wanting to open a small business and were not ...

Received excellent care while in the hospital

On July 7, I had a total reverse shoulder replacement at our hospital in Alpena. I was only there overnight, but I had very good care. If I needed anything and turned my light on, the nurses were right there. I never had to turn my light on twice. I was even handed a warm washcloth to wash my ...

Honored to be part of supportive community

To all in the Greater Alpena Community: It has been our Privilege, Jean and I, to have become a part of Northeast Michigan and the Greater Alpena Community. When we rode into town in 1983 in a 68 Volkswagen the kids had to push as I popped the clutch to start it; we had no idea of the ...