Letters to the Editor

Great job by Alpena Power during snowstorm

We appreciate you Alpena Power and all employees (especially those who had to go out into the storm), for you were right on top of things regarding the “Historic Spring Storm of 2018.” On the very early morning of Saturday, April 14, (4:20 a.m.) the howling winds and sleet pounding on ...

Supplements are a healthy addition to diet

According to the Healthcare Professionals Impact Studies, 72% of physicians, 73% of orthopedists, 57% of cardiologists, 75% of dermatologists, 79% of nurses, 95% of nurse practitioners 86% of pharmacists and 96% of dietitians report personal use of dietary supplements. Why? Perhaps they ...

Government agencies we really need

A few months ago, Great Britain Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness, probably the first in world history. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May said, citing a report indicating 14 percent of the population often or always ...

Alpena should consider senior harbor rate

I recently visited Traverse City, while I was there I had a chance to walk their harbor area. What I noticed at the boat launch area is that they have a senior citizen seasonal rate of $20. This started me thinking of the recent increase at the Alpena boat harbor, $50 seasonal $7 daily. I made ...

Plow truck drivers deserve our appreciation

I witnessed an act of kindness today that made me proud to be a member of our Alpena community and compels me to share with every citizen. At around 11:50 a.m. on the 18th, a neighbor of mine became stuck in her driveway. Even six days after the major storm we all endured, it's impact is still ...

Help in battle to eliminate Parkinson’s disease

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and this does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. Symptoms vary, but include tremors, difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, speaking, and ...

Get veterans suicide prevention bill passed

At least 20 veterans commit suicide each day. This is at least 18 percent of all suicides in the United States, keeping in mind that veterans only account for 8.5 percent of the population. When veteran’s mental health issues are not addressed, many social problems can ensue including ...

Amazed at how quickly power was restored

This letter is to commend the Alpena Power Company for their exemplary service during the past and perhaps, more importantly, during the recent inclement weather on Saturday, April 14. Our electricity went out in the early morning hours ... we went into the survival mode because we ...

We need to make Trump follow the rules

It's extremely important to understand why our democracy is a miraculous treasure. After a revolution against a king's tyranny, our Founding Fathers wanted a country where laws, not a man's personal whims, would rule our decisions. That means no man is above the law, not even a ...

TBTA’s action put a price on grandchildren

I have complained, fumed and vented enough. Did you know that there is a value on your children's lives? It's $32. That's the value that Thunder Bay Transportation/Dial-A-Ride has put on my grandchildren's lives. My grandchildren, ages 5-7-9, had been riding Dial-A-Ride from Wilson School ...

Real thing always better than supplements

Common healthcare treatments recently unraveled as several universities disproved conventional wisdom surrounding cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Intrigued by research proving persons who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer and get less cancer, University of Colorado sought to ...

Workshop about Lake Huron fishery Tuesday

The Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association is working with the Michigan Sea Grant and Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee to bring a Lake Huron Fisheries Workshop to Rogers City on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center located at 131 Superior Street. ...

Selection of editorial cartoon was poor taste

Whosever decision it was to publish the editorial cartoon in the commentary section on April 4, 2018, should have taken a moment to think about the message they were aiming to get across. The young people in our community, and nationwide, are looking to adults to be partners in solving the ...

Robotics competition shows future is bright

This week I had the pleasure of watching 40 teams from throughout the State of Michigan compete in the Robotics competition at Alpena High School. Anyone who would question the commitment and talent these young people missed many of our youth at their finest. As important was the ...

We must do more to help with mental illness

After watching so many school, church and concert shootings, I can't help but acknowledge the fact that mental illness plays such a big part. If you have ever had mental illness in your family you know there is absolutely no help available here in Alpena. When someone who suffers from ...

Hats off to TBJH staff, students for talent show

We have lots of news about negative things so I want to share a positive. I was invited to the Thunder Bay Junior High talent show last week and am so delighted that I went. First of all, hats off to all the kids who performed. They were all great. Just to be able to give their best in front ...

Don’t hurt anyone, especially our children

This is not a “Letter to the Editor,” or to any of the good people who read the Alpena News. Rather, it is a letter aimed at all those people who would be customers of human traffickers. Human trafficking is a relatively polite term that is nothing less than slavery, torture, forced ...

Full investigation needed into Trump actions

We need a full investigation, including Trump testifying under oath. The list of survivors includes Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" in 2005. She accused Trump of kissing her against her will in New York in 2007 and later groping her at a Beverly Hills hotel after she ...

World is in need of more love for everyone

Do you love Jesus? For the world must be at war otherwise. Is it too simple to love each other as commanded? The Lord says “come to me.” Holy Week and Easter services are the most emotionally charged events of our Christian lives. We have seen the love our dear Savior has ...

We need to be more humane, morally sound

When should the law bend to a higher moral authority? Was it in the 1960s when blacks were beaten and arrested for sitting at an all-white lunch counter when that was against the law? Is it now, when Attorney General Sessions and other Republicans call for defunding cities that provide ...