Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Didn’t see the graphic descriptions in article

In response to Joan Chappa's Aug. 19 letter, I am the last person to defend the writing in the penny saver that is The Alpena News, but I've read the Hein criminal sexual conduct article four times and, for the life of me, I cannot see the "graphic descriptions" she finds so "appall[ing]." In ...

DREAMers an important part of country

As Congress considers the DREAM Act 2017, legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the nearly 1.8 million DREAMers (young hard-working immigrants who came to the U.S. as children) it's important to reaffirm that the diversity of our nation is what’s made our country strong, ...

Take part, support Aliferis Memorial Race

We are the Honorary Chairs of the 16th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race to be held Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, starting from behind the hospital. The race events are a celebration of the dedication to health and wellness of the late Dr. Peter Aliferis, M.D. It raises money to benefit the Peter ...

We are going down a path toward destruction

I look with shocked caution at the stories about the destruction of statues of Southern Civil War Heroes. Has our country truly come to this? Those Americans are allowing a whole chapter of history to be destroyed. Do they not understand that by erasing these figures that they are also ...

Too many being removed from pain meds

Even though the CDC is trying to save lives with the epidemic of drug overdoses and the few doctors whom might be over subscribing. There has been a zealous reaction by Doctors to taking patients off narcotic therapy that maintains the patients ability to manage pain and have some decent ...

Online learning develops passion for writing

My name is Sam Loveless and I am excited to be going back to school as a rising 11th grader at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA). If it wasn’t for an online school choice, I may have never developed my writing passion. My love for writing started in the ninth grade because of my ...

No place for violence, bigotry in America

People for Social Justice decry the display of violence, bigotry and hate that was evident this weekend in Charlottesville. President Trump's reluctance to speak out against the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and their ilk can only be called despicable. His crass political calculation to ...

Wasn’t told he had to attend board meeting

This is in response to the article in the Alpena News about the Montmorency County commissioners selecting the VA service officer. My name is Bruce Brown Jr. and according to the article I was the one that was hired, but since I wasn't at the meeting the position was given to the other person. ...

Garden club’s efforts make Alpena beautiful

I would like to compliment the Alpena Garden Club for the beautiful work that they do. It really takes time and effort to make not only the city of Alpena beautiful, but their own gardens. My husband Phil and I stay at our cottage on Long Lake for the summer. My sister-in-law Kay Harris-Young ...

The community’s support helps garden club

I want to express my gratitude to our community and to the folks in the surrounding area who attended the Alpena Garden Club's first summer garden walk. We had a constant flow of visitors at all of our eight sites and were heartened by the positive comments from everyone. The gardeners who ...

Not in support of a millage for a new jail

Alpena County has approximately 28,803 residents as of 2015, and the population is slowly but steadily decreasing. One mil over 20 years for a grand and wonderful new jail will generate approximately $20 million for construction, bond interest, and operating costs. That is $694 for each and ...

It’s time to eradicate hatred and intolerance

Can we as a people, community and nation, allow our current U.S. President to perpetuate his tacit approval of hatred, intolerance, racism, homophobia and misogyny? We must voice, not simply our outrage, but our refusal to let Mr. Trump's remarks, define us as a community, state or democracy. ...

Did not need the graphic details

I was appalled at the graphic descriptions in a recent Alpena News article regarding the Hein CSC case. I see no merit in providing anything more than the degree of the offenses — I have never read such graphic descriptions in other newspapers. Furthermore, for a newspaper that is ...

No better time to experience the Plaza Pool

The Plaza Pool is located in your community and is waiting for you to use it to benefit you today. You don’t need to know how to swim, you don’t even need to get your hair wet and you don’t need to even go under the water, you just need to move your body in the water. One hour or more for ...

Appreciate the city, township leaders

I would like to express our gratitude to both the City Council of Alpena, the Alpena Township Supervisor, and its Board of Trustees for demonstrating the courage and integrity to pass Resolutions calling on the Governor and Attorney General to decommission the Line 5 Pipeline. These Resolutions ...

Bergman has a dismissive attitude

I appreciate the Alpena City Council members for hearing my concerns and the request for the council’s help in possibly bringing Representative Bergman to the Alpena area to meet with the citizenry at large. David and I both feel and have experienced Representative Bergman’s dismissive ...

In response to letter about AHS athletes

Responding to Tim Storch’s July 29 letter, I’ll take a shot at answering his question, “Why were accused listed as former AHS athletes?” To begin, I question the premise of the letter, i.e., “Like many readers of the Alpena News, I’m wondering why the writer focused on the fact that ...

Enjoys hearing military training at CRTC

It’s great to hear the sound of freedom in our skies over Alpena. Kudo’s to the CRTC and our men and women in the military. RAYMOND FENCL Alpena