Opinion

Trump, unemployment and auto show

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … * Sorry, Trump doesn't get to get away with the same sleight-of-tongue tricks he did during the election. He's going to be president in a few days. The bar is higher now. That means he doesn't get to call news he doesn't like "fake news." (The truth is we don't ...

Challenge us; don’t coddle us

Editorials and columns

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

We can expect to see higher gas prices this year

Editorials and columns

Motorists should expect to pay more for gasoline this year than in years past. Earlier this month the state’s gas tax increased 7.3 cents a gallon, from 19 cents to 26.3 cents. With the increase, Michigan now has the sixth highest gas tax in the country. Prior to Jan. 1, it ranked 18th in ...

Liberals need to get over Trump being elected

Editorials and columns

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

Do troopers have ticket quotas?

Editorials and columns

I have been asked numerous times in the past about troopers or even police officers in general having monthly ticket quotas. Many citizens believe there is a specific number of tickets a trooper must write before the end of the month or in a certain time frame. The answer is flat out no, we do ...

Kim already challenging Trump with missile threat

Editorials and columns

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Replacing ACA will be difficult, but not as bad

Editorials and columns

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up ...

A New Year’s resolution

Editorials and columns

Into each life some rain must fall. It does. Sometimes it pours. We dry ourselves off and step into a new, drier day. Who among us hasn’t played a losing inning or two in the game of romance? Who has not failed in their judgment of others, in an expectation, in the validity of a ...

Another example of why voters don’t trust Washington

Editorials and columns

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

No campaign reprieve in Michigan

Editorials and columns

Well that didn't take long. That collective sigh of relief you heard around the state on Nov. 9 was worn out voters eager to put the election behind them and get back to a normal life minus the Donald and the Hill. The delightful pause lasted a grand total of 54 days because on Monday, ...

Alpena needs to do better job removing snow

Letters to the Editor

“We should all complain ... but we shouldn't have to.” This is my complaint A couple of years ago while attempting to walk to a social engagement, I slipped and fell into a puddle trying to climb over an unshoveled snowbank at the corner of unshoveled property. Although I didn't not ...

Taking an interesting look at numbers

Editorials and columns

Let me begin this morning with the number nine. No, this isn’t a print version of Sesame Street. I ask you ponder the number nine for a moment as it is very significant in all our daily lives right now. Nine is the number of daylight minutes we’ve gained since Dec. 21 — the winter ...

Disappointed Huntington leaving Ossineke

Letters to the Editor

I was sad to hear the First Merit Bank (Huntington) in Ossineke is closing Friday, Feb. 17. The bank has been a part of Ossineke for almost 50 years. It shows that the Huntington Bank has no regard for the community of Ossineke or the customers they serve. This affects the elderly the most who ...

Hypocricy of being upset at lip syncing

Editorials and columns

Many people are having a great time making fun of Mariah Carey, the pop diva whose New Year's Eve performance went kerplop when technical difficulties made it clear her performance was lip-synced. Every news show on the planet delighted in replaying the disaster. And of course social media ...

Wilson Township stuck with new assessment

Letters to the Editor

In 2014 the Michigan State Tax Commission conducted an "Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements (AMAR) on the property tax rolls of Wilson Township. The property tax assessor did not meet minimum requirements. Seven of 11 elements were not completed. The Assessor had to provide a corrective ...

Volunteer to start new year

Editorials and columns

Most everyone begins the New Year with a resolution involving a healthier lifestyle. Many also pledge to give back to their communities. If you have welcomed in 2017 with one or both of these on your list, consider volunteering. From national foundations with Michigan chapters to grassroots ...

Drivers need to keep lights on in bad weather

Letters to the Editor

Please remind drivers of all types of vehicles to drive with lights on. Yesterday on the way to Petoskey and back we met several vehicles of all types and sizes being driven without lights on. In the fog and later snow and rain it was very difficult to see them either meeting them or ...