Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Congress should pass the Senate Farm Bill

When Congress returns to D.C. next week, they must prioritize the health and nutrition of our families by passing protections for SNAP (food stamps) in the Senate’s bipartisan, common-sense Farm Bill. Unlike the House of Representatives’ Farm Bill, the Senate version protects our families ...

Sue Allor is not worthy of our trust or vote

Imagine my surprise when I read Sue Allor’s Aug. 8 article in which she was quoted saying Michigan should “shut down Line 5.” She claims she just recently reached this conclusion. That is NOT true. In a 2016 Primary Voter Forum, then-candidate Allor called for the immediate closure of ...

Roosevelt had to be every bride, every corpse

When Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, he had a son who was enrolled at an Ivy League university. One day, a fellow student complained to the son about his father’s performance in office. The younger Roosevelt sprang quickly to the president’s defense. “Oh, Dad’s ...

Headlee override will not fix mismanagement

Alcona County’s negative approach to financial crisis should not scare voters into passing a Headlee override. Threats of job loss, reducing this and that, should be replaced with a “Positive $800,000 Plan.” Voters need to be informed of what is or is not happening within Alcona County ...

‘Fake news’ claims are hogwash, ridiculous

In response to Mr. Leow’s letter published on Saturday (“The [Alpena] News’ reliance on AP wire makes it fake news”), here’s my opinion. First, many people are sick and tired of hearing those hackneyed expressions “fake news” and “make America great again.” Good bumper ...

Thank, don’t criticize MSP in PI County

Being a resident of Presque Isle County, I am writing in support of the Michigan State Police presence in our county. We need to thank all of our law officers that serve our area. They help to keep it a safe place to live and enjoy our many activities. When you see a police car on the road, ...

The News’ reliance on AP wire makes it fake news

The Alpena News followed the Boston Globe’s lead in the Thursday, Aug. 16 editorial in trying to defend the press in this country. The editorial quotes Sen. Debbie Stab-u-now, which pretty much discredits the whole editorial right there. As long as The Alpena News relies on the Associated ...

Produce event a huge success run with kindness

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, Alcona Health Center, in cooperation with the Michigan Food Bank, provided fresh produce at no cost to all citizens of Alpena. The event was a huge success, with over 200 people in line to get the best of what our local farmers had to offer. All of the people that ...

‘Milk’ products do need a label crackdown

As a proud dairy farmer, I must respond to the Viewpoint, “Milk Crackdown: Why?”. Every year, our farm hosts hundreds of school children and parents and every year, parents are stunned to learn that beverages labeled as some type of “milk” contain no dairy products. In fact, not to ...

Alpena Senior Center is a local treasure

One of the best-kept secrets of Alpena has been slowly leaking out. Have you been to our local senior center lately? Well, if you haven’t, I hope that you take the time and stop in soon. In the last two years, the Alpena Senior Center has been the recipient of two Michigan Health ...

Detention is traumatic for children, families

Detention, even with families, is traumatic for children and can have long-term health and developmental effects. Studies show significant impacts on children held in detention, including depression, post-traumatic stress, increased rates of anxiety, heightened risks of self-harm, developmental ...

DNR’s bait ban won’t slow deer disease

The DNR has proposed to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) a statewide ban on baiting (LP only). The Commission will act on the recommendation in the next few weeks and announce on Aug. 9. The purpose is to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). It won’t work. CWD is spread ...