Letters to the Editor

President disgraceful, doesn’t represent us

One of the responsibilities and honors the President of the United State has is to represent the entire county at ceremonial events such as the dedication of a U.S. Navy ship, speaking to graduates of one of the military academies or addressing the National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts. I ...

Minimum wage is not civil and doesn’t teach

In Saturday's Letter to the Editor, Mark John Hunter said in part, “Keeping a low minimum wage is not civil in substance.” Having a minimum wage law is not civil in substance by any stretch of the imagination. I can't think of any other law that does more damage to the education of our ...

Grounds crew does great job at the cemetery

Last Saturday night while we were on our nightly bicycle ride through downtown Alpena, we decided to finish the night with a ride through Holy Cross Cemetery at about 10 p.m. To our surprise, the amount of solar lights that glow after dark was amazing. We have visited there during daytime ...

Downtown traffic flow didn’t need changes

What in the world is the City of Alpena trying to prove? The flow of traffic downtown has been smooth and logical. Parking, if not plentiful, has been adequate and accessible with no need for unconventional plans that are not quite self explanatory. What is the impetus for moving to a ...

There are conveniences Alpena still needs

I will agree with whoever says that we don't want Alpena/Ossineke to become Traverse City, but driving by the abandoned Dunkin' Donuts store, especially following a recent trip to that Other Town on the West Side of the State, makes me wonder why we do not, or perhaps cannot (for unexplained ...

Why were accused listed as former AHS athletes?

Like many readers of the Alpena News, I'm wondering why the writer focused on the fact that the two accused men were “former Alpena High School athletes.” The multiple criminal sexual conduct charges are alarming and disgusting and the penalties they may face are life altering as they ...

Long Lake Association members do great job

I want to express my appreciation for the Long Lake Association — President Tom Ludwig and members Kurt Pratel, Bob and Kathy Garant, Steve Roznowski, Faye and Jack Walker, Doc Woolman, Jim Starks, Roger Liedke, Karen Morey and Howard Welsh — for their active involvement in various Long ...

Officials have lost their minds, turning back on US

In regard to “Viewpoint” Rewarding a Murdering extremist, published July 11 you wonder is some of these government officials are all on drugs or completely crazy or both. I am referring to the terrorist in Canada that was awarded $8 million on some frivolous technicality. The victims ...

Maybe test out parking plan before using it

With all the issues related to this possible change and the cost involved may I make a suggestion to see if this plan will work for business and traffic. We see these wonderful sketches of this change but have we proved it out. We know traffic patterns and volume has changed over the years but ...

Medical marijuana proven to be effective

Medical marijuana is legal in most states, including Michigan. Because marijuana has proven effective in seizure disorders, wasting conditions and chronic or terminal pain, concerns about recreational marijuana should be set aside to help these patients. Key criteria for recommending any ...

Mich-e-ke-wis in need of an update and TLC

I am writing to inquire as to why South Mich-e-ke-wis Park is so neglected? The road to get to the Park is decimated with potholes the size of small craters. I believe serious damage could be done to vehicles using this road. Also, the playground equipment looks like it hasn't been updated ...

We need to stop lawmakers from ending EPA

I care about protecting clean air and water and the environment, and I am concerned about the lack of media attention to President Trump's proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. Our state's House of Representatives has sent to the State Senate a bill that would make Michigan's ...

Anger, addressing issue part of the process

The Bill Speer commentary on Congressman Bergman calls Bergman a calm voice. That is only true because he avoids the difficult discussions. The commentary notes words like “tone,” and “civility,” are used to avoid discussion of the issues. The idea is sort of like saying those people ...

Chinese lanterns need to be made illegal

Fireworks, especially chinese lanterns need to be made illegal. When other folks start finding these "harmless" chinese lanterns burned into their home maybe the truth of just how dangerous they are will begin to sink in. Yes people have the right to celebrate the 4th of July however the ...

Fireworks dangers to animals and babies

I was surprised to see parents who had their babies at the fireworks this year; don’t they know that it’s bad for their hearing as well as other health issues? What about the people who have dogs, not all dogs like the loud noise and this year how many dogs have died from having a heart ...

The new Trumpcare bill is bad for all of us

My mother-in-law had two bouts with cancer, a disease that eventually took her life. But because my father-in-law’s union worked diligently to negotiate better benefits for his family, they had adequate health insurance. They did not go bankrupt, as many people with serious diseases ...

Trolleys could be used for tourism

Alpena’s Thunder Bay Transportation Authority has an opportunity to offer a new and special treat for tourists and residents alike. The trolleys have plenty of visual appeal which would draw people in. They simply look like a “fun time” and could be used to offer narrated tour rides. ...

Cuts would have adverse effect on region

We the undersigned, as representatives of arts and cultural organizations in Northeast Michigan, are concerned with proposals to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services from the federal budget. ...

Repealing Obamacare not the right answer

One of the things that makes Obamacare work is that the rich pay a small tax. This creates a fund to insure people that have struggled to afford care. As a deliberate feature of Obamacare, this means long-term savings for the system, because preventative care is much cheaper than a trip to the ...

Increases at Plaza Pool too much to handle

I started out at the Plaza Pool about nine years ago. As a veteran it cost me $150 then. It went up to $300, now up to $450, with a decrease in members every time the price increased. There used to be 25-30 people in Senior exercise class, now about 12. Maybe it is time for new management for ...