Letters to the Editor

Remembering Margaret Knechtel this holiday

Linke’s Flowers was established in 1907 by Alfred Linke. Margaret Linke Knechtel ran the business on Mirre and Fifth Street until it was destroyed by fire in 1997. The business then moved to M-32, where she ran the business unitl her death in 1999. In the early days of fall, Margaret and ...

Gov. Snyder, voters have spoken; listen

Gov. Snyder, I read that you will decide the fate of the lame-duck bills passed by the Republican majority based on what you perceive are the wishes of the citizens of Michigan. I hope that is true. With this last election, voters told you they want change. Hear them. Let that be your ...

Library, school proposals both noble causes

I read in today’s Alpena News, Dec. 13, 2018 edition, about the Alpena Library wanting to float a millage issue vote this spring. Together with the millage issue of the Alpena Public Schools, both of these millage requests are for noble causes in my opinion. What could be more worthy an ...

Finance schools, not a border wall

Our tax dollars should be used to improve our schools, childcare and health care, not to finance the Trump administration’s heartless, anti-immigrant policies. For example, Congress could use the $5 billion requested for a border wall to instead fund a 30-percent increase in federal aid ...

Impressive health care offered in Alpena

We’ve all heard the expression “I had a Monday.” Well, Monday, Nov. 26 was a Monday I’ll never forget. It all began around 8:30 a.m., when I had received a call that my sister in-law of 25 years had lost her fight with cancer. She was 56. Family needs family in a time of grief, so I ...

MediLodge, McWilliams take good care

On Sunday, Nov. 25, our mother, Marian Gennrich, died following complications from replacement hip surgery. There are two institutions in Alpena that merit special recognition for their part in taking care of Marian and our family. First is the Long Rapids Road MediLodge and Rehab Center. The ...

Alpena Twp, don’t reject pot businesses

Alpena Township’s Board of Trustees is going to vote on whether Alpena will allow recreational marijuana businesses in the township. Rogers City already turned it down (803 nays, 544 yeas). Alpena Township voted 2,342 nays, 2,015 yeas. Supervisor Nathan Skibbe already said to the board, “We ...

Stamas, Allor lead ‘shame duck’ session

State Sen. Jim Stamas and state Rep. Sue Allor should be ashamed of themselves. Just when we thought we could breathe a sigh of relief after yet another contentious and divisive election, Stamas and Allor, not liking the statewide outcome, are colluding with their GOP peers to destroy what ...

Line 5 legislation bad deal for Michiganders

Our lame-duck Legislature in Lansing is considering a back-room deal between Enbridge Inc. and Gov. Rick Snyder. Introduced two days after the election, Senate Bill 1197 would guarantee the 65-year-old, damaged Line 5 pipelines remain operative in the Straits of Mackinac for up to another ...

Remember the time, not the building

First, kudos to Anne Gentry for a wonderfully thoughtful piece on the loss attendant in new construction (I’m a sucker for anyone quoting Joseph Mitchell. Or Jane Jacobs). Second, I don’t know that there is an answer to the dilemma of a disappearing past. On the one hand, we see our past ...

Culture should not trump laws or victims

One of our greatest flaws in our system of Democracy is the denial of responsibility of any matter by authorities spreading it. I am referring to the story about a Detroit federal judge dismissing charges against eight people, including two doctors, in the genital mutilation of nine girls, with ...

We need a Green New Deal for the environment

I am a person worried about climate change. As a parent and grandmother, I fear for what my children and grandchildren will have to face because we are too set in our ways to do what needs to be done to save our planet for future generations. We need to look at renewable sources of ...

Have we considered everything we have?

A few years back, we had a restructuring of the Alpena County elementary schools’ distribution of students, which lead to some schools being closed and sitting empty. Now, we have concerns over Ella White Elementary School being old and in need of a major overhaul, which brought about the ...

Answers to an earlier question about racism

Dennis Roy invited “Democratic patrons” to explain what “entitled” and “racist” means. He described his life in an effort to show he was not “entitled.” Where he considers his upbringing an example of non-entitlement shows a profound misunderstanding. Wealth may produce ...

Alpena News’ Veterans Day coverage great

Dear Alpena News, Thank You! Your coverage of Armistice Day/Veterans Day was excellent! This year was special. Nov. 11, 2018 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Sadly, in America, not many people know anything about Viet Nam, Korea, or World War II, let alone WWI. It is not ...

Honored to place the wreath on Veterans Day

I just want you to know I was at the crosses on Veterans Day. I went there and they told me the doings were at Besser Museum. My dad, Harold J. Mousseau, was killed in World War II and this was the place to be. I felt very honored to place the wreath for World War II veterans. Thank ...

A lesson in socialism, from a postal cover

As a postal history collector, I was recently successful bidding on an eBay postal cover that was sent by D.R. in Ariel, Washington, USA, to Mrs. Laren Burkischer at Havana, Ohio, on Oct. 27, 1913. On the back of the cover were three different slogan “SOCIALIST PARTY — WORKERS OF THE WORLD ...

American public had better get concerned

I never thought I would be writing a letter to the Alpena News, but I had to say something. The split that is taking place in our country is becoming wider and wider. There’s always been some disagreements between our political parties, but never this bad. We now have the “red” and the ...

Tell me, who is really the ‘racist’ here? 

“Old.” “Entitled.” “Racist.” These are labels employed by many liberal Democrats when describing white conservatives for over a decade. Permit me to examine these titles as they apply to me. Yes, I am “old.” I am aware that there are fewer days ahead of me than there are ...

No place for violent racists in either party

I’ve lived in Greenbush for decades, and my wife’s family roots here go back nearly a century. We consider ourselves locals and feel totally at home on the Sunrise Side. But we are also Jewish Democrats from Pittsburgh, where I and our children were born. The recent synagogue shootings in ...