Letters to the Editor

Hats off to Worth, Alpena FFA program

Wow, I just talked to my friend Ron Worth, Ag Teacher and FFA advisor at the high school . What an incredible bunch he and his students are. Ron related to me some of the things they have done this last year. Here are a few: 1. Purchased and donated two processed hogs to the Salvation ...

Food box program strips people of dignity

I think the “America's Harvest Box” idea proposed by the Trump administration for people receiving food stamps is a horrible idea. Not only does it strip these families of the right to make food choices themselves, thus diminishing ther dignity, but the boxes would contain canned goods and ...

The blame doesn’t belong with the NRA

The letter by June Perry Feb. 24 proves that much of the public has been badly misinformed and indoctrinated by the liberal media about the NRA, mainly by the infamous CNN. Their lowest trick recently was exploiting children at an anti-NRA rally where some were handed a script and told to ...

Abandoning God in the midst of our society

To use the name of God in a public setting may be frowned upon by some. We, as a nation, when tragedy strikes, are open to saying we will keep the people who are affected in our thoughts and prayers The latest school shooting is again bringing God into the discussion. It has been said ...

Readers: Can you please complete this quiz?

With your kind permission, I would like to present a short quiz to your employed readers. QUIZ: During the past several weeks, you may have noticed extra funds in your paychecks. These added wages are the result of: (a) The $2500 in health care savings promised by former U.S. ...

Vaccines can be confusing to normal people

Two overlapping pneumonia vaccines were introduced, then another shingles vaccine and now this year's influenza vaccine is reported 36% effective. This may help: Pneumovax-23 was introduced over 30 years ago and protects against pneumococcal pneumonia. Prior to the vaccine, the disease ...

We have to do something for our children

I can no longer be silent. In the 70s and 80s I taught seventh and eighth grade for nine years and was an elementary principal for six years. Some kiddos are always remembered. Our drills were for fire and tornado. The little ones did not like the tornado drills. Some of my biggest concerns ...

A few questions about handicapped parking

I am a little upset with what happened recently. I was at the Shell station on Chisolm and 11th, and a ServiceMaster employee was topping off his windshield wiper fluid while parked in the handicapped zone. An Alpena cop was driving through the station and I waved him down. I pointed out the ...

More needs to be done to protect our kids

Hey, hey NRA. How many kids were killed today? No one wants to be reminded about those 17 killed and 40 others wounded at a Florida school. What can I do about it? Would more guns have helped save these lives or helped the 58 music fans sprayed by automatic gunfire, or the 26 worshippers in a ...

What’s good for one should be good for all

Each of us are part of our government, a most important part. We learn at a very young age to say the Pledge of our Flag, each day in school, we say it when we meet a Union and Township boards. The last word is the most important word, All. This is what this country is about. Two things are ...

Disappointed by no flag at chamber dinner

The Alpena Chamber of Commerce dinner has missed the mark. Last weeks Chamber dinner and theme "no place like home" forgot why Alpena is Home to us. There was no American Flag in the room, no Pledge of Allegiance citied. The Chamber didn't feel that was important, no thanks to any Veterans or ...

Dinner should have flag, honor safety personnel

We attended the annual Alpena Chamber of Commerce Dinner on Feb. 10 for the first time. While duly impressed with the event, we were equally disappointed by the fact that there was no American Flag on display. With a them of "Around the World, But No Place Like Home"; what is home without ...

Pay attention to the facts to save deer herd

Shockingly, Dr. Mason, DNR wildlife director, wrote in the Michigan Outdoor News (1/5/18) the following: (1) “APRs are incompatible with scientific based Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)”; (2) “there's no evidence that APRs improve hunter retention or recruitment.” (3) “there is no ...

Fairgrounds would be good spot for market

The paper stated at the meeting of the city council they were considering moving the farmers market downtown to Mich-e-ke-wis Park. I was thinking it would be a good idea to move it to the fairgrounds. There would be enough parking and enough room for the vendors. Besides, this is our ...

More proof influenza vaccines are working

If you needed another reason to prevent influenza, Canada just gave it to you. The Canadian Institute of Health examined the health records of 364 persons hospitalized with documented influenza infection For each patient, records one year prior and one year after were compared, using ...

Quit using immigrants as political scapegoats

When Donald Trump announced the end of DACA, he threw the future of these youth up in the air. In 2012, some 700,000 young people came out of the shadows and declared they wanted to meet the standards to stay in the U.S. For most of them, this is the only home they have ever known. Please ...

Cardiac care should be expansion priority

We the area residents and surrounding communities need a lot more support out of the current hospital in Alpena other than building a private room high rise. The cost of this expansion could be used for specialized treatment such as a cardiac center. Currently anyone who has a heart attack is ...

Thoughts on the State of the Union

Come Heller high water … ∫ I am not calling Trump a fascist. I am not calling him a dictator (yet). I really am not. Not kidding. And I'm certainly not calling him an Italian. But I am saying his pauses, poses and expressions reminded me (a lifelong WWII buff) a bit of newsreels of ...

Headline shows bias of Associated Press

The headline on the front page Associated Press (AP) article about the government shutdown in the Jan. 22, 2018, The Alpena News was "The dealmaker comes up short ahead of shutdown.” I don't recall any similar headlines during the eight years of the previous administration headlined "The ...

The artful and more effective way to curse

Recent ethnocentric fulmination from D. J. Trump Esq. reveals the poverty of our language, and his usage. English vilification and cursing contain a paucity of "bad words,” usually scatological, sexual, or theological references, employed in a limited range of unimaginative sentence ...