Letters to the Editor

Prop. 2 is not for the people; vote no in Nov.

The slick TV ads claiming that Proposal 2 is for the people is in fact an ad for special interest groups. Anytime a proposal wants to change or amended our state constitution, be very suspect of what is wanted. A vote yes on Proposal 2 would take away part of our legislators’ job to represent ...

Allor is bought by people outside the 106th

With the law change in Lansing that further unleashes political action committees, I was curious about their impact here in the 106th state House District. Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money “donated” by corporations, individuals and associations to influence ...

Are Stamas, Allor talking talk of NE Mich.?

Proposal 2 will put an end to gerrymandering our state’s district lines that are now drawn by politicians and lobbyists. Recently, I heard state Sen. Jim Stamas say that Voters Not Politicians had “paid circulators” and not grassroots volunteers and that is why he would not vote for ...

Just what is happening to our democracy?

I’m not wanting to sound crazed, but I’m feeling that way! I’ll try to just state what I feel. I’m worried sick about our common wealth, the buttresses of democracy being stolen from us piecemeal! Our natural parks, historic sites, public lands, public schools, transit systems, and now ...

John James, not Stabenow, deserves our vote

As a Farm Bureau member for 60-plus years, I am disappointedthat F.B. has endorsed Debbie Stabenow for reelection in November. Farmers have a tough time balancing their bottom line. Not considering the moral side, let’s consider that 60-plus million babies (consumers) have died at the altar ...

Vote for candidate who best represents you

As a voter, I’m horrified by the tone of our nation’s political discourse right now. The daily barrage of outrageous and infuriating headlines reminds me that our policies often don’t reflect the true goodness that lies in our hearts. Voter turnout has decreased in recent years, which ...

In defense of Kavanaugh, an honorable man

This writer often turns to his copy of “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution” to pursue the founders’ gift of personal liberty, the likes of which is not experienced in any other country in the world. This book has opened doors of understanding every single time he has visited it. This ...

Proud of Alpena High School semifinalists

Wow! What a pleasant feeling to see and read with joy the wonderful article/picture of two outstanding young men from our Alpena High School senior class! Thank you Alpena News for featuring their very worthy views. The picture itself said a lot about two handsome, bright, well-rounded young ...

Increase tipping fees to support recycling

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed to increase solid waste tip fees from $0.36 per ton up to $4.44 per ton to provide $24 million a year for future recycling and solid waste management programs. It would add support to local entities to support the tripling of Michigan’s recycling rate for ...

Senate should reject Kavanaugh for court

The Trump administration and Republicans in the U.S. Senate are hoping that we’re too distracted to notice their attempt at an extreme political takeover of the U.S. Supreme Court. If the Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh, there will be a solid majority on the court that supports ...

Accusations against Kavanaugh fake news

Dear Editor, Please help. I do not know what to do. Thanks to the #MeToo movement I have summoned the courage to relate what happened to me 50 years ago. I was 15 when I was sexually assaulted by a drunken woman who was about 18. We were at a party when she locked me in a bedroom and ...

Alpena’s Grub Crawl was a groovy time

What a groovy time I had on the 2018 hippie-themed Grub Crawl. As I kept on truckin’ from place to place, Alpena was filled with good vibrations. When I left the Hotel California, the girls whose boots were made for walking had me dancing to my car. Hope to go on this magic carpet ride ...

Sue Allor attacks working-class wages

This is what is happening in the 106th state House District. The 106th includes Alcona , Alpena, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Iosco counties. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a big tax cut which has not produced the promised wage and job growth in the 106th. Our unemployment is ...

Don’t tolerate Trump

The deaths of Aretha, who taught us to sing, “Respect!”, and John McCain, whose last message was to put country above party and partisanship, woke us up. They collectively called us to remember values that are at the core of what defines us. This is why Trump cannot be tolerated. We can ...

Blood donors critical

Dear Editor, This is in response to your Sept. 19 posting, “No More Need for Blood Donors.” At Michigan Blood, we believe that blood donors must have an accessible location at which to donate, because the gift of blood is one for which we can only rely on each other. As a leader in ...

Has Alcona Co. looked hard enough at perks?

To add to Ken Short’s recent letter, Alcona County Board of Commissioner meeting minutes can be reviewed on the Alcona County website. Several meeting minutes contained references to “closed sessions” to discuss union negotiations. After each closed session, the finance committee ...

Gerrymandering is equal-opportunity abuser

There will be several proposals on our ballot this November. However, I believe that the most important is Proposal 2, also known as “Voters Not Politicians”. For two centuries, our U.S. House of Representatives districts have been drawn in secret by whichever party is in power. ...

News’ 8-player football series was commendable

I just finished reading the five-part series on the growth of eight-player football in northern Michigan. I would like to commend James Andersen and Jonny Zawacki for the articles. They were very well-written and very informative to football fans all around. I would also like to commend ...

Does our congressman represent working people?

In the height of our tourism season, I’m acutely aware of the hard-working people of our service industry who fuel this essential economic engine of our region, from Grayling to Copper Harbor and all points in between. I see the college student working a summer job to offset the crushing debt ...

Embezzlement betrays Fair Board trust

Betrayed. While there are many words to describe the situation at hand, betrayed is the most fitting to describe our sentiments. If you have not read already, a former member of the Alpena County Fair Board has recently been charged with embezzlement. This was an affront on supporters of the ...