Letters to the Editor

Is God really in charge of the weather?

In response to Marlin Goebel’s letter in Saturday’s paper, leaving aside that most of the letter is an advertisement for the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (one would have thought that the Earth, with its fossil record dating back billions of years, was a creation museum): How do recent ...

Let’s get to know each other better

Thank you for your letter. I appreciate you're concerned for your future and your grandchildren. So am I - both of ours. It's why I am running. You asked about how giving kids glasses helps the working class. Well, kids with glasses can see the board. If they can see the board, they can ...

A letter directed to Congressman Bergman

As a U.S. House Representative, you are sworn to protect and uphold the health and welfare of the people of the United States. Given the extreme standoff between the leader of North Korea and our President, we are experiencing, once again, as we did 55 years ago (The Cuban Missle Crisis), the ...

Some ideas to improve Alpena’s traffic flow

One of my favorite small town business districts is in St. Joseph, Mich. Its main street is not on a state or U.S. highway. The street is paved with bumpy bricks and the businesses thrive. Visitors need time to slow down and gawk so as to find a place to eat or shop. They don't need a ...

County in need of our support for new jail

Please join me in support for the bond issue that will finance the replacement of the Alpena County Jail. I have visited this facility and found it is in deplorable shape. The jail is outdated, beyond normal repair and maintenance, and will never comply with code. The Alpena area has seen ...

Tour of jail confirms the need for new facility

On Nov. 7, we will have the opportunity to vote on a millage to build a new jail for Alpena. I took the opportunity to tour the facility and would encourage everyone to do the same. The staff has done a tremendous job keeping the jail clean and repaired the best they can with what they have to ...

Just stop playing the national anthem, already

Ignore whether Colin Kapernick had n First Amendment right to protest what he viewed as an injustice. (He did, and it is.) Ignore whether Trump's fight with the NFL is a diversion from the fact that his agenda (if the slights and petty squabbles banging around inside his head can be called an ...

Times have changed but not for the better

What a pickle we are in. When I hunted as a teenager, my clip only could hold five rounds by law. But from the 1950s on, the NRA and gun lobbyists and inept Congress didn`t put the brakes on, so now thousands of people have rifles that can shoot 700 rounds per minute, don`t have to give them ...

DHD’s cavalier attitude toward birth control

District Health Department No. 2 has two large billboards in the city of Alpena with an ad campaign for female birth control devices. They feature a photo of a young lady with two types of implantable birth control devices, and the phrase "Get it, and forget it." I know that by and large, ...

Is Michigan really ready for Muslim governor?

After reading in the paper of the doctor who believes Michigan is ready for a Muslim governor, I felt the need voice my opinion. Why the shock about the amount of money he has raised? He has the whole Muslim community behind him. How does providing schoolchildren with glasses help the economy ...

Our county gives us freedom to make choices

I never thought I'd ever be writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper, but I feel compelled to comment on the protests over the national anthem whether standing or kneeling. This is the “Land of the free and the Home of the brave.” “Free to make our own choice to kneel (which ...

In support of new jail, but not DDA capture

I believe a new county jail is needed and today I would vote yes. But, I read thatthe Downtown Development Agency is able to "capture" some of that millage for their use. I'm opposed to that. If the millage is approved, I want allmonies to go toward the new jail. Unless I read the DDA has ...

Public education key to competing globally

I've noticed comments made by company officers looking to locate in Alpena area which indicate that we do not have a work force in our area trained to preform the highly technical skills needed to produce products. Vocationally technically trained work force is not a given outcome of “one ...

Hurricanes a reminder that God is in charge

Katrina, Harvey, and Irma all made recent headlines, demonstrating the great power of water and flooding. The Glacial Missoula Lake, located in Montana, overran many western states after it broke away. This cataclysmic flooding caused the Grand Canyon to form. In a visit to the Ark ...

Graham-Cassidy bill not good for families

The Graham-Cassidy health care repeal plan would threaten the health of my family, and of children and families across our community and state. If passed, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage and raise costs for people lucky enough to hang onto their ...

A refreshing change from today’s movies

I had laid down and just wanted to watch something easy Saturday night. I share my house with two gentlemen and they have the “Gold” package on cable. Seems like even though there were all those choices, there was nothing I wanted to see. Then, “For a Few Dollars More” caught my eye. I ...

Prevention more effective health alternative

When the weather starts turning colder, my thoughts turn toward winter which brings the ice and thick footwear causing falls. Inevitably, this means more people will be in nursing homes recovering from hip fractures due to osteoporosis, which is unfortunate as osteoporotic fractures are ...

Refreshing to watch TV with no swearing

I had laid down and just wanted to watch something easy Saturday night. I share my house with two gentlemen and they have the "Gold" package on cable. Seems like even though there were all those choices, there was nothing I wanted to see. Then, "For a Few Dollars More" caught my eye. I had ...

Enjoying the flags down Washington Ave.

As I approached the river on Washington, the beautiful display of flags waving in the wind brought tears to my eyes ... this is not only beyond beautiful, it is a wonderful way to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. We are proud to call Alpena our hometown. Even ...

Learning new life lessons about moms

My wife recently spent some time in the hospital and then a lengthy stay in re-hab (she is home and doing fine). Running a house, laundry, shopping, a new puppy, daily visitations with her, paying bills, cleaning house, etc. etc. gave me a new outlook on single mom's. A tip of my hat to you. ...