Opinion

Not feeling safe with Wild West mentality

Editorials and columns

Growing up, I loved Westerns. I was a devoted fan of U.S. Marshall Matt Dillon from "Gunsmoke" and the Cartwrights of "Ponderosa." And like them, I would often save the day with my plastic six-shooters when my backyard was under attack by bloodthirsty bad guys.A lot of kids grew up with similar ...

Cut the excuses: Health just feels better

Editorials and columns

There are many reasons not to exercise and eat healthy. It can be inconvenient to cook, it is hard to make time for fitness and it is just easier to sit on the couch. But these two local women prove that the benefits of living healthy far outweigh the inconveniences along the way. They cut the ...

From crisis to faith

Editorials and columns

After a crisis, you see the world differently. That's what we're told. Whether it's the death of a child, termination from one's lifelong vocation, recovering from a stroke, or spared from death in a serious automobile accident.More importantly, a crisis helps you to see God's Word differently. ...

Should you change your investment mix over time?

Editorials and columns

To be successful at investing, some people think they need to "get in on the ground floor" of the next "big thing." However, instead of waiting for that one "hot" stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation ?- a mix of investments - that's appropriate for your needs, ...

Airlines need to make ticket costs appealing

Letters to the Editor

After reading your editorial exhorting local residents to support Skywest and the local airport I felt it was time to relate my personal experience with local travel costs and why it is not always possible to fly local. My husband commutes back and forth to Alaska for work and is sometimes ...

Why expect wealthy to pay their fair share?

Letters to the Editor

Bully for Stephen Fletcher's courageous defense of those downtrodden patriots who choose to open secret bank accounts in places like Grand Cayman, the Turks and Caicos because they don't believe our nation is "trustworthy."Sure, America may have "saved the world for democracy" and preserved our ...

Supreme Court decision lets down voters again

Letters to the Editor

Mel Gibson in his movie "Patriot" at a S.C. legislative meeting said "Why should I worry about one tyrant 3,000 miles away, when I have 3,000 tyrants only one mile away?" The U.S. Supreme Court has socked it to us again. What else is new you say? Instead of making voting redistricting fair they ...

Enbridge gives nothing but song and dance

Letters to the Editor

Enbridge Line 5 PR script in Alpena was precise and wisely deceptive in a few disturbing ways. My first question was how they were working with NOAA.Their answer was with what we already know and the chance to tell us future studies for educational reasons were in the line. They mentioned only ...

Unemployment numbers continue to show improvement

Editorials and columns

With relatively little fanfare state officials released the March unemployment numbers this week, and they again showed marked improvement from the numbers of a year ago. For the sixth consecutive month Michigan enjoyed growth in the number of people employed.In March the people in the state ...

Properly wearing a seat belt

Editorials and columns

A reader asked the following question: "My son received a ticket for an improperly worn seat belt. What does this mean?" He says his seat belt was on. What is the proper way to wear a seat belt?MCL 257.710e discusses, "Safety belt required; driver or passenger to which section inapplicable; ...

Ortho takes step to lead search for bee kill-off

Editorials and columns

A major producer of products used to control garden pests and weeds, the Ortho company, announced this week it will stop using a category of chemicals believed to be harmful to bees.Good for Ortho! For several years, it has been apparent something is reducing bee populations.That is a serious ...

Down to the Final Four of presidential hopefuls

Editorials and columns

Back around 600 BC, the prophet Jeremiah wrote words which have morphed over the last 26 centuries into the present saying "May your words be tender and sweet because tomorrow you may have to eat them." It's not unusual that ideas presented eons ago get twisted and torn and that ...

A clearly defined goal is paramount

Editorials and columns

My upbringing on a farm has provided me with a string of nearly unbelievable stories. A goat followed me onto the school bus once. I was doing my homework outside once and the same goat came up behind me, nibbled the corner of my notebook, and literally ate my homework. And then there is the ...

DEA ‘war’ on drugs slow off the ground

Editorials and columns

It probably is a good thing bureaucrats like those at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were not in charge of arming the United States for World War II.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the United States became the "arsenal of democracy," producing tens of thousands of ...

That’s it, no more winter weather

Editorials and columns

Once I get an idea in my head, it's hard to dislodge it.I'm not sure whether it's a sign of stubbornness or whether I'm just obstinate but once my mind has been made up I really am not very receptive to changing it. And right now my mind tells me it should be spring and all that comes with it - ...

Time to rally behind airport, SkyWest

Editorials and columns

We are concerned with the number of area residents making use of Alpena County Regional Airport. We believe it is time for the community to rally around the SkyWest service being offered there before it is too late.For a variety of reasons enplanement numbers have been dropping consistently at ...

Reduce, reuse, recycle: A theme for investors?

Editorials and columns

On April 22, we observe Earth Day. Like many people, you might participate in some activities to help the health of our planet. But you can also do some things to improve your personal investment environment.In fact, you might want to follow a key environmental theme: reduce, reuse, recycle. ...

New flight schedule good for local travelers

Letters to the Editor

The new flight schedule is a huge win for local businesses, Alpena travelers, and the surrounding communities. It's been years since we've had a commercial aircraft overnight in Alpena. This new schedule allows for business travelers to arrive at their destination earlier, thus increasing ...