Letters to the Editor

Trump’s immigration plan is a witch hunt

Trump called immigrants rapists, murders and "bad hombres" while campaigning. He claims they come here to commit heinous crimes and to take your job. Never mind that facts show these rants to be false. In border towns, crime has dropped and the flow of immigrants has lessened steadily ...

A lesson we can learn from World War II

When neighbor Nations have extreme differences it is a bad idea to build “a wall of separation.” Was this criticism directed at President Trump's border? Not so. It was levied against France in 1932 well before the President's birth. France had constructed, along its common border with ...

Our inhumanity toward children is atrocious

I must start out with I don't have the answer to this problem. For a moment try to remember the first time you sent your child or grandchild off on the school bus, the first time you saw them off to summer camp, the first time you admitted them into a hospital, and left them for a day or ...

Outcry about illegal immigrant children wrong

When an immigrant from Central America crosses our southern border illegally, he/she is breaking the law. Even if he/she brings children with them, they are lawbreakers. Yet left-wing liberals and the media are whining and complaining that when they are arrested. They are being separated from ...

Women’s health would suffer with gag rule

It is outrageous that extremists in the Trump administration are proposing to institute a domestic "gag rule" — silencing doctors and other health care workers at certain clinics from even talking about abortion. This plan would apply to staff at clinics funded by Title X — a federal ...

Unions important part of making US great

Michigan is a right to work state. This is the start of a plot to undo all Unions in America. The main object of a Union is a contract that outlines the terms of employment. This is about as American as it can be. We have a contract when we borrow money, but a car, get insurance, buy a home, ...

Fibromyalgia is real and can be managed

Fibromyalgia, despite being a mental health disorder, is misunderstood due to historical medical error guessing it an autoimmune disease — which it is not. Unfortunately, when a medical diagnosis is ascribed to medicine specialty, in this case Rheumatology, that specialty is stuck with it. ...

Give teachers deserved respect and thanks

In the news from around the country there have been ample examples of educators and support staff going to the extreme of striking in order to gain the attention of people in power about the poor working conditions they find themselves in. These are not problems in far away states and school ...

Pastor Williams will be missed by community

On April 20 our community lost a cherished pastor and friend when Jack Williams went to be with his Lord and Savior. This letter is a tribute and statement of honor to him for who he was is and always will be to so many who are still grieving. There are no words to express our sadness that ...

Too many questions about Alcona decision

On May 19, the Alpena News ran an article that the Alcona School Board had granted Consumers Power an easement along the south side of the school property. I felt I should make people aware of some of the specifics of this decision that I find concerning. 1) This is an 80 foot easement which ...

It’s time to bring back some decency, civility

I am mad. I am fed up with the media. We watched the interview in the Oval Office on Wednesday. While our reporters are covering every nuance of the Oval Office, who is minding the farm? What are other elected people doing? Anything worthwhile like a budget? If someone is delivered a ...

Only auto body program being discontinued

If you read the headlines on the front page of The Alpena News of May 18, you may think that ACC’s Auto Service Program is being discontinued. In fact that article was referring to the Auto Body program which is being discontinued, at least temporarily. My program on the other hand is ...

Central dispatch ready to help when needed

My letter is in reference to the article published in the Alpena News on Thursday, May 17, 2018, entitled “Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times.” My intent is to inform the citizens of Alpena County that the Alpena County Central Dispatch has the capability to ...

AMA, APS need to think who supports them

Over the years local residents have been asked to support millage proposals for numerous items to help financially support programs in the Alpena area. Some of these items are TBTA for Dial-A-Ride, APS for buildings, buses and other items that a not state funded and AMA ESD for continuing ...

Headline on story inexcusable, disgraceful

The headline on the front page of your 11 May edition was inexcusable. There was no need for a headline that was more suited to the National Enquirer than the Alpena News. Yours is a regional newspaper that is read by families all over Northern Michigan. Your editorial judgment failed and in ...

Support economic development in region

Part of the history of my business has been to endeavor to share in community functions, financially and physically, and to encourage others to do the same. I'm pleased to be on the Board of Directors for our local economic development Board. My business, Lappan Agency, Inc., is also a ...

Colbeck is a man of principle for Michigan

Sen. Patrick Colbeck who is running for Governor came to Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena for a Meet and Greet. A firestorm broke out in Michigan in the Media regarding his comments made about the threat of Islam (Muslim Brotherhood) in our state. It made national news. The record needs to be set ...

Protect your brain, delay and prevent dementia

For families and physicians caring for the elderly, memory impairment — ranging from benign forgetfulness to clinical dementia including Alzheimer's disease — can be frustrating. Moderate dementia symptoms targeting Activities of Daily Living can be reduced for at least six months by ...

Alpena truly a warm, friendly place to visit

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Alpena and wanted to share some of my good feelings toward your town. I'm recently retired and taking a seven month retirement trip across the lower 48. Spending time in Michigan was an important part of my trip, since I grew up in Flint ...

Editorial cartoon shouldn’t have been run

I was appalled by the political cartoon in The Alpena News on Thursday, April 26. In my research I could not find where either President Trump or John Bolton have ever stated they wanted to “Kill All Muslims.” This type of editorial cartoon is embarrassing. President Trump embarrasses ...