Opinion

Hopefully judge considered PTSD in sentencing

Letters to the Editor

Ray Maybus, the Secretary of the Navy, recently announced a change regarding treatment of veterans who may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These vets often become belligerent and violent, turn to drugs and exhibit all kinds of offensive behavior. Formerly they have often been ...

Familiarity helps elderly patients during care

Letters to the Editor

Being hospitalized is particularly hard on the elderly. There are some things you can do for elderly family members to ensure their comfort, calm their fears and return them to health. There are many false stereotypes about elderly persons which reduce the opportunity for complete recovery - ...

More to be discovered about Orlando attacker

Editorials and columns

In Omar Mateen's twisted mind, he was an "Islamic soldier" whose self-professed loyalty to the Islamic State terrorist group was more important than any moral compunctions he might have had about slaughtering 49 innocent people. The FBI says he was "radicalized domestically," not directed by ...

Job well done to reach United Way goal

Editorials and columns

Congratulations Bruce Anschuetz and Jamie Anschuetz-Gohlke for leading the charge on a successful 2015-16 United Way Campaign.Even more importantly, congratulations to each of you who donated for helping the organization reach its $200,000 goal.Thanks to your efforts 15 Northeast Michigan ...

Know the law on fireworks usage

Editorials and columns

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I have received many questions about fireworks. Fireworks remain a staple for evening and weekend enjoyment during the holiday weekend.Due to a change in Michigan's law, consumers may now legally purchase and use more powerful fireworks, including ...

We’re all in this together

Editorials and columns

George H. Healey was the Macebearer at Cornell University and a professor of English in the 1960s when I was a student there. The Macebearer proceeded the President of the University at official events. As a senior, I took an upper level Shakespeare course taught by Healey and found him to be a ...

Appealing to millennials

Editorials and columns

The first generation to never know a time before computers has entered the workforce and things haven't been the same since. This can be seen as welcomingly positive for those seeking to appeal to this group of consumers.The Millennial Generation is regarded as those children born between ...

We need effective, not easy, solutions for watchlists

Editorials and columns

In the rush to do something about people like Omar Mateen, mistakes are going to be made. What should concern Americans is some of those errors will make life more difficult for law-abiding people while accomplishing little, if anything, to prevent massacres such as that committed by Mateen.It ...

Senators need to be more sensible with military bill

Editorials and columns

There is much good in a defense spending bill approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. For example, the measure specifically bars President Barack Obama from closing the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.At the same time, the bill, approved 85-13, is one more example of how ...

Opposing view on Trump from lobbyists

Editorials and columns

While many of the commentators and the chattering class have come unglued over the latest round of Donald Trump-isms regarding the ethnicity of a judge and the president's comments about the shootings in Orlando, the first guy to endorse the Donald in Michigan is as sanguine as you could ...

Thermal imaging purchase worth the price tag

Editorials and columns

Seconds are precious in times of emergency.Thus, any advantage emergency responders have in responding to a crisis is very much welcomed.With boating season having arrived in Northeast Michigan incidents on the water have increased in recent weeks. Over the past seven days, for instance, Alpena ...

A heart-warming story of giving

Editorials and columns

Every now and again you read one of those stories that tugs at your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face.The story of Army veteran Ben Eberle, his family, and their new smart home in Alpena this week was one of those.Theirs is a story of tragedy, tears, hope, frustration, inspiration, ...

How to do the right things as a father

Editorials and columns

Father's Day is Sunday. I've never claimed to be the World's Best Dad, but I have learned a few things over the past 22 years, many of them, oddly enough, from watching the lovely yet formidable Marcia, who is great dad and mom all rolled into one: Being silly and playing with your kids is one ...

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion

Letters to the Editor

Who died and made Earl Elowsky the judge on whose opinion should be read or heard?Opinions are like "behinds," everybody has one. Everyone has the right to think, talk, or write about their thoughts and ideas. Doesn't mean anyone or everyone has to agree with them.I'm just about 100 percent ...

Bike community alive, pedaling in the area

Letters to the Editor

At our house we subscribe to the Alpena News. It seems to set up our day for being part of the "Small town America feel" we so love to be a part. We always read Letters to the Editor and the articles written by local people. We do not always agree but it helps us to have a feel for what our ...

Change in Medicare payments will hurt folks

Letters to the Editor

It has just come to my attention that people with disabilities who get minimum Social Security checks that qualify for Medicaid will no longer get their Medicare payments paid by the state. This means that a person who gets $700 a month will have $120 a month deducted from that. Not only that ...

Let freedom soar

Editorials and columns

The sound of freedom filled the air again this week over Northeast Michigan.The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center was hosting two squads of Air National Guard units and their jets as the groups were practicing air-surface weapon training over Lake Huron.The Guard was making use of ...

Obama’s oil tax increase proposal just plain bad

Editorials and columns

President Barack Obama's proposed $10-per-barrel tax increase on oil deserved what it got Friday - a 253-144 vote against it in the House of Representatives. The Senate should follow suit.Implementation of a tax increase at that level would wreck the domestic oil drilling industry. Low prices ...