Letters to the Editor

Who’s behind Voters Not Politicians? 

Who are the people behind Proposal 2? Changing the so-called gerrymandering of districts on the November ballot. I did a search on databases, state and federal level, and found nothing by that name. I found a committee on the Michigan Secretary of State site calling itself Michigan League of ...

Change for probate judge = Denise Burke

“Lackadaisical,” when Allan Frank used that word, he hit it on the head! Tom LaCross is by far the most lackadaisical judge I have worked with in my 36 years in four counties as a professional guardian. Unprofessional behaviors in court, screaming, yelling profanities, and refusing to hear ...

Kennedy misrepresented facts on Allor

I read the letter from the 2016 Democratic nominee for state representative, Robert Kennedy. I was surprised to see him frame Sue Allor as insincere — practically a liar — when it comes to her position on our natural resources. I couldn’t disagree with him more! I looked into it, ...

Research needed before legalizing pot

Current news/TV reports and ads are reporting addiction problems with cigarettes, vaping and the most current opioid crisis. These products were previously thought to be beneficial (opioids) or innocuous —science has since refuted this and we now have ads reporting the deadly effects of ...

LaCross does not give free passes in court

As a law enforcement officer for 30-plus years, I have a keen interest in the criminal justice system. Therefore, I read with some interest the Oct. 16 article in The Alpena News about candidate Denise Burke’s reason for running agsint Judge Thomas LaCross. Her reason was due to some alleged ...

We need a judge who has compassion

We need a judge who knows the law, is intelligent, has compassion and respect for our senior citizens. Ask questions and get the facts. Vote for Denise Burke. Love our seniors. BARB NIEDZWIECKI, Alpena

Please carefully consider your vote Nov. 6

Do you realize if there is a break in Line 5, we are Ground Zero? Economically, environmentally and personally the 106th state House District would be devastated. Why wasn’t Line 5 shut down until they developed a better solution? Even with the new proposal, we are left at risk for years to ...

Let’s talk about Rep. Sue Allor’s record

Can we just chat a bit about Sue Allor? What is wrong with our current political climate that we cannot see good representation when it’s right in front of us? Have we become so tribal that we cannot recognize that Sue Allor perfectly envelops our region’s political leanings. She won over ...

Vote yes on Proposals 2, 3 on Nov. 6 ballot

The League of Women Voters of Michigan and the League of Women Voters of Alpena County are urging a YES vote on Proposal 18-2, which establishes a citizens’ independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering, and a YES vote on Proposal 18-3, which will make several improvements to ...

Protect our constitution this Election Day

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, we exercise our right to vote. I urge everyone to vote to protect the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Michigan. In particular, we must vote to protect our rights of firearm ownership as enumerated in the 2nd Amendment of the United ...

Prop 2 ends consequences of gerrymandering

I’m compelled to respectfully rebut the letter to the editor citing vague, unspecified “special interests” in the author’s reasoning for opposing adoption of ballot Proposal 2 on Nov. 6. Currently, under the state constitution, procedures for determining district boundaries; the ...

Remember the ‘10 Cannots’ on Election Day

The campaign for votes presents only people issues but our constitution and our Bill of Rights are the real story. All future outcomes for the United States are yet to be determined. All possible outcomes rest squarely in the hands of the people and you and I will ultimately enable the growth ...

It is time to show Jack Bergman the door

In the words of Congressman Jack Bergman, “Our country is facing a financial crisis, and we’re leaving our children and grandchildren an insurmountable national debt.” I couldn’t agree more. He also said, “Balancing the budget has been a long-standing priority of mine.” To ...

Support Denise Burke for probate judge

A probate judge must handle the most important contract of your life — your total estate and how your final wishes are implemented. This year, we have two candidates running, Thomas LaCross and Denise Burke. While no doubt both have friends and colleagues that appreciate them, let me reveal ...

Tom LaCross a great advocate for people

Tom LaCross is an excellent advocate for children, people. With the judicial background, having already been judge for 12 years, he has the compassion and knowledge we need for probate judge. CONNIE HOPPE, Alpena

Why we’re seeking a millage on Nov. 6

Why a millage? When trying to solve a problem, bring all alternatives to the table. One option is to request a four-year increase in taxes. So, in the spirit of problem-solving, ask if this is a possibility. If it fails in November, we will have a plan for cuts to deal with immediate ...

Make America ‘sane and sensible’ again

When will Donald Trump’s base realize they support a loser as leader of our country? He doesn’t care about average citizens. The 5,000-plus lies told since becoming president, with all the other senseless actions demonstrated, reveal his character and morals. His $6 trillion tax break, ...

How did we get here?

What has happened that it’s come to this? Half of us put on our MAGA hats and attend ginned-up rallies and drink in every lie and prevarication from the mouth of President Donald Trump or his lackies and scream, “Lock her up!” at the mention of Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi or Dianne ...

Remember campaign sign rules

Each year, hundreds of political signs line roadsides across the state. Improperly placed signs can create safety hazards and interfere with a driver’s vision along roadways. To maintain traffic safety, while affording office-seekers the opportunity to inform the public, the following rules ...

Don’t buy the spin; time to shut down Line 5

I read recently that Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge came to an agreement on Line 5, and that U.S. Rep. Bergman and state Sen. Jim Stamas worked hard on the deal, as well. The agreement was to build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to replace the Line 5 pipeline. The project should take ...