Letters to the Editor

How about compassion with common sense

This letter is in response to the letter by Robert L. Greene printed in the Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, edition of the Alpena News. Lax immigration has led to illegals in the USA and places an undue financial burden on citizens and exposes our citizens to dangerous individuals. People love to ...

Contamination in recycling bins costs money

By now each residential property owner in Alpena County has received the one page flyer about services available at the Recycling Center, Recycling bin location and Guidelines for Recycle Bins. I want to focus on the Guidelines for Recycle Bins, especially the “Please Don’t.” Many people ...

Don’t turn Mich-e-ke-wis into an RV park

Please, please, please, help us save Mich-e-ke-wis. No RV Park. We all enjoy it, have for years and the generations behind us will for years. We have no other beach where we can park, enjoy the lakes, sunrise, sunset, have picnic, enjoy swimming, walking, flying kites, playing ball, ...

Economy needs state to keep prevailing wage

Michigan’s economy is finally turning around. The construction industry is booming with new building and infrastructure projects around the state, and the demand for skilled workers is higher than ever. Every day on the job we see the need for well-trained, highly skilled workers. The ...

Conflict between conservatism and Christianity

Perhaps the strangest pairing of bedfellows in the conservative pantheon is that of Jesus Christ with Ayn Rand. Rand's writings reveal her as a militant atheist, hostile to religion. In openly declaring both altruism and Christianity evil and preaching a steroid pumped version of ...

We don’t need RV park at Mich-e-ke-wis

I was surprised to read in the Jan. 9 edition of The Alpena News that the city has been exploring the possibility of developing an RV park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park. Why am I surprised? Because about a year and a half to two years ago I attended an Alpena Municipal Council meeting to inquire ...

Congress must act, protect immigrant families

We are all immigrants to this great land unless You are Native Americans. All eyes are needed on an issue in Washington, D.C., that’s getting little news coverage. The Trump administration is ripping away Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status from thousands of families and is preparing ...

County receives funds at expense of others

This letter is in reference to the article a couple of weeks ago where Cam Habermehl, chairman of the Alpena County Board of Commissioners, was quoted concerning the Montmorency landfill. The purpose of the landfill, of which Alpena belongs, was started to keep waste disposal prices down and ...

Alpena benefits from annual ‘Nutcracker’

“The Nutcracker” ballet was presented here in Alpena a few weeks ago. Christine Giodano and her “Dream Team” members, Charlie, Brittany, Ashley and Carlee Giordano, Barb and Carl Bourdelais, and Wanda Gougeon have worked together on five productions of “The Nutcracker” over the ...

Disappointed by governor’s action on pipeline

I was deeply troubled, if not insulted and outraged, that Gov. Snyder went ahead and negotiated an agreement with Enbridge Energy Partners several days after release of the final version of the Line 5 Independent Alternative Analysis Report and prior to any public comment period. I consider ...

Why not create a third bathroom at school?

Do all you parents and taxpayers know in our Alpena school, boys can go into the girls bathroom and girls can go into the boys bathroom? What's wrong with making a third bathroom. No room for a third bathroom, then add on to the building a third bathroom. What's next, boys and girls using the ...

Upset that parents didn’t keep kid warmer

OK, it's one of those times I feel the need to vent. Monday afternoon (Dec. 11 — a very cold, blustery day) I was standing in the checkout line at our Dollar Tree store. As I glanced outdoors, I noticed a young couple approaching the entrance. The “mom” was carrying a little guy, ...

We aren’t using death penalty like intended

This recent ruling by the San Francisco court acquitting that illegal alien of murder has got to be the most travesty of justice ever, and a complete disregard for the murder victim, as well as the country. Who was on that jury illegal aliens as they can drive and vote in that outlaw state? ...

A Star Wars, middle class Christmas

Come Heller high water … ∫ People seem to either really love or hate "The Last Jedi." Me, I'm in the squishy middle, as I am with all Star Wars movies except the first. There were moments that were so incredibly Star-Warsy awful (many involving that damned round robot and its seeming ...

Tell Congress we don’t need this tax reform

Advent is here and we prepare for the coming of Christ. In holy scripture we are told, “Beware. Keep awake. Keep alert.” Indeed, we need to pay close attention to what is happening in this country and in the world, in particular to what is happening in Congress with tax reform. Our ...

Bergman sold out his contituents with vote

Loving to call themselves "conservatives,” the GOP just stuck it to future generations with a budget-busting trillion dollar deficit tax reform bill. Aiding and abetting this massive shift of wealth from his low income and middle class constituents in Northern Michigan to international ...

Still too many people misrepresenting history

Concerning Confererate iconography and militant racial ideologies: As memory is selective, history is twisted into warped agendas. When my mother was born 80 year old Civil War veterans were being revered as that era's "greatest generation." Bloody events were mythologized and villains ...

Steps to protect your skin, liver this winter

With the winter holidays, two major organs are at increased risk of damage: skin and liver. While most northerners know to protect their skin from cold to prevent frostbite, 80 percent of skin aging is due to other environmental factors, including low humidity causing dry, cracked skin ...

Be responsible when hunting in the woods

My husband came home from his evening hunt. As always I asked if he'd seen anything. He said that a small buck came out. He knew something was wrong. The deer turned his way. Its jaw was shot off. That was upsetting enough. Then he said, "It'll probably starve to death." This story of wounded ...

Words prove Alpena is a great place to live

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” These words reached out and grabbed me. They were at the end of an article, in the Alpena News, 11-29-17, on 5B. It was written by Carolyn Thompson. These words can be used by anyone and can be the backbone for all of us. This makes me ...