Opinion

How to travel safe from deer accidents

Editorials and columns

As a trooper and a driver, I have noticed the deer starting to get antsy the past couple weeks, and they are moving a lot during the low light times leading into the evening hours and the early morning hours. With that in mind, I want to provide some tips for safe travelling during this time of ...

Vote yes on Alpena, Alcona 911 surcharges

Editorials and columns

As we continue reviewing area millage requests before Northeast Michigan voters this general election, today's attention is on two 911 millage requests - one in Alpena County and the other in Alcona County.The renewals almost read identical on the ballot. They both are reauthorization proposals ...

Voters should support RC fire millage renewal

Editorials and columns

It's nice to know a well trained and equipped fire department is there if needed, but of course none of us ever hope to use it.Rogers City area voters are being asked Nov. 8 to assist with fire and first responder operations.As we continue reviewing area millage requests before Northeast ...

Deer hunting’s most important rule

Editorials and columns

Any seasoned deer hunter knows the rule.He or she knows it's not the rifle's cost that's important, not the depth of the finish on its stock, the caliber, or the accuracy of its newly mounted Weaver scope.They know the most important thing is not the grain or the speed of a bullet, not the ...

No support or opposition to PI historical millage

Editorials and columns

As we continue reviewing area millage requests before Northeast Michigan voters Nov. 8 we turn our attention to Presque Isle County, where voters are being asked to support a new millage request - a 0.25 mill millage over five years to support historical preservation within the ...

Don’t believe perception, media has to remain unbiased

Editorials and columns

If you spread the untruth long enough, it magically becomes the truth.Presidential candidate Donald Trump's favorite whipping boys and girls on the campaign here in Michigan and elsewhere has been the political media. He often calls them out by name, calling the whole lot of them liars, biased, ...

Skibbe would be good township supervisor

Letters to the Editor

It is really great to see some new younger energetic people getting involved in our community like Nathan Skibbe. He has a great background in conservation, firefighting and leadership. Nathan Skibbe, if elected, will do an outstanding job as Alpena Township supervisor.Bill DomkeHerron

Johnson will look out for our best interests

Letters to the Editor

When I was readying to retire, a retired friend told me to be careful, because he had costs he hadn't expected. I didn't want to believe him, because frankly, I didn't want it to be true.We deserve our retirements to be happy and worry free. With every paycheck, we contribute to Social Security ...

Vote yes on HUNT millage in Alcona

Editorials and columns

As we continue reviewing area millage requests before Northeast Michigan voters Nov. 8 we turn our attention to Alcona County, where voters are being asked to support a new millage request - 0.15 mill over four years to support Huron Undercover Narcotics Team efforts there.We urge voters to ...

If only Nov. 9 marked the end of it

Editorials and columns

There are 10 days left to the election and if you're like me, it can't get here fast enough - and be done fast enough. Though truth be told, it's going to feel more like 10 weeks than 10 days.This is not the American democratic process playing itself out, but rather it has become an American ...

Thoughts on election, first snow and Detroit sports

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water * The good news: The presidential campaign will be over in two weeks. The bad news: The next one starts a few seconds later.* This has to stop, doesn't it? I just saw on CNN that the campaign started 19 months ago when Ted Cruz declared his candidacy. Nineteen months! You ...

Danger: Never get too busy for your health

Editorials and columns

You have heard the saying: "Either make time to be well or make time to be sick." It is more than a quote on social media or a plaque on the wall of a medical office. It is the truth. When we get too busy to take care our ourselves, our bodies fight back.Stress, poor nutrition, sitting ...

Would Johnson have appreciation if he served?

Letters to the Editor

While I was serving in the Navy in Morocco, North Africa (Naval Station Sidi Yahia 1963-64), I was an Assistant Boy (Scouts of America) Scout Leader. I now wonder if Lon Johnson would have consider me a Moroccan carpetbagger if when I return to Michigan and if I ran for the State Legislature. ...

Historical organizations oppose PI millage

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 8, residents of Presque Isle County will be asked to vote on a "Historical Preservation Millage" put on the ballot by the County Board of Commmissioners. Voters need to know that most of the historical organizations in the county are strongly opposed to the millage. That includes the ...

Let’s hunt deer, not our neighbors; vote no

Letters to the Editor

It seems to me that in northern Michigan the deer are more of a problem than our addicted neighbors. From highway accidents that claim hundreds of lives a year to the farmers whose crops are damaged or destroyed, deer cost our community much more than the unregulated consumption of controlled ...

Compare what the candidates stand for

Letters to the Editor

With the 2016 election getting close it is time to take a serious look at the issues important to us. Twenty-four percent of the people of District 1 are eligible for Social Security and another 18 percent will be eligible within 10 years. I would, like to compare the positions on Social ...

Support AMA ESD millage renewal

Editorials and columns

As the Nov. 8 election draws ever closer, here are thoughts we have on some of the millages to dot ballots in Northeast Michigan.Millage requests always are tough as one never is quite sure the mood of the voter, how other issues will impact a request or whether the economy will come into play ...

Kindness of strangers helped in time of need

Letters to the Editor

While on our way into town Friday night three deer darted in front of our van. One made it across French Road, unfortunately the other two did not. We were not injured but the van was not drivable.Within a minute of the collision Lori Paul and her son Jared of Long Lake came to our rescue. Lori ...

Clearing up confusion about the same name

Letters to the Editor

There seems to be some confusion on which Scott MacKenzie is running for township supervisor. I wish to clear it up. There are two Scott MacKenzies in our community but our name is spelled different. I am the Scott MacKenzie that was a teacher, baseball and football coach for Alpena Public ...

The biggest betrayal of all

Editorials and columns

Many people recall that when I was running for state representative, the Michigan Chamber endorsed another one of the candidates in the primary race. I know people remember because I still get asked about it. People were shocked and surprised, some were disappointed, and although I didn't hear ...