Opinion

Talk to your teens

Editorials and columns

In Monday’s edition of The News, reporter Julie Riddle wrote about the efforts of local groups and individuals to promote Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which happens every February. Riddle highlighted the story of a local teen who had been in an emotionally and sometimess ...

Thanks for helping us survive the cold

Editorials and columns

When my kids wake up in the morning, their first question to me is, “Do we have a snow day?” Lately, they’ve been greeted with a “yes” so many times it is now the expectation. Snow days are so exciting for kids. Oh, how I miss those days. As a parent, they take on a different ...

Remembering the late, great Congressman John Dingell

Editorials and columns

The private text message came in the evening of Feb. 5. “Not sure that you are aware of this, but Congressman John Dingell, who is in hospice care in Dearborn, is very near death.” Wow. That’s not the kind of news that you expect to get. Everybody knew that he was getting on in ...

Why can’t more Democrats be like Sherrod Brown?

Editorials and columns

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour to New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, improved ...

We’re all in this winter together, so chip in

Editorials and columns

As was evidenced by the natural gas emergency late last month, we all need to pull our weight as Michiganders and Midwesterners to survive our beautiful — but often harsh —winters. In case you missed it, a Consumers Energy natural gas compressor station caught fire during the last week ...

What a weird winter our students have had

Editorials and columns

Have you ever known superintendents to call off school nine out of 10 days, as they have these past two weeks? I have been in this business 41 years, and never can I remember such a thing happening, so I sought former teachers and asked them. One remembered back in the 1970s an extended ...

We can’t let late abortions happen here

Letters to the Editor

We have had lots happen in America lately — the shutdown, arrests and discussions about speaking English — but something else happened that should shake us to our core. The state of New York passed legislation that allows a BABY to be killed up to the day before it is BORN. Imagine this, ...

Journalism’s common, incomplete metaphor

Editorials and columns

When I was a cub reporter, my editor told me — as editors have told cub reporters throughout the eons — that journalism aims to hold a mirror up to the community. It’s one of journalism’s most oft-repeated metaphors, aiming to depict our desire to show our communities exactly as they ...

In response to letter on gov’t shutdown

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the letter titled “Don’t be misled about government shut down,” published Feb. 2. I will agree on one point with the writer, “the sole purpose was politics.” Yes indeed, the Democratic Party has placed politics far above the welfare of the American people. ...

Congrats, Bronwyn, on earning Citizen of the Year

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Bronwyn Woolman, who was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year Thursday at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. Those who know Woolman will understand just how perfect she is for that award. Tirelessly, she volunteers countless hours each week to make her ...

Dear folks who are single on Valentine’s Day

Letters to the Editor

Do not feel sad or defeated this Valentine’s Day just because you do not have a romantic partner to share this Hallmark holiday with. Do not feel envy when you see happy couples posting on social media about their romantic gifts or outinings. Instead, feel proud and hopeful that you ...

Should Consumers have run that ad?

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ I’m curious what others thought of Consumers Energy’s Super Bowl apology commercial. Nice of them? Self-serving? Sincere and heartfelt? Insult to injury, in that you and I will end up paying for whatever they spent on the spot? Where do you come down on ...

Time to get this water-sewer deal done

Letters to the Editor

After five years and $2 million in legal fees, the water price dispute between the city and township is still ongoing and in court again. I understand our elected officials, the city mayor and council, and township supervisor and trustees, are working on a settlement, with no outside legal ...

County commissioners don’t speak for me

Letters to the Editor

Alcona County faces many challenges. Yet, county Commissioners Craig Johnston (chair), Daniel Gauthier, Carolyn Brummund, Adam Brege, and Gary Wnuk thought it important to use their official time to pass a toothless resolution opposing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order prohibiting ...

It’s time to get with it on marijuana, Alpena

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of the City of Alpena permitting local sales of medical and recreational marijuna. I will soon be receiving my card from the state. Why should I or others have to travel three or more hours to make that purchase? I don’t travel for other medications. Alpena’s ...

Abortion laws show morality of Democrats

Letters to the Editor

If anyone questioned the moral fiber of the Democratic Party, their recent actions and votes should give the answer. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it legal for abortion for anytime of pregnancy, even in the ninth month. The idea of killing an unborn baby was so exhilarating, Cuomo and the ...

Using a cell phone in a commercial truck

Editorials and columns

The question this week comes from a local company who operates a commercial business but only has a standard panel van. The question is, “I do not have any vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds, only a standard panel van. Can I legally use a hand-held cell phone while ...

Don’t let Kim repeat history of lying to the US

Editorials and columns

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already possesses nuclear weapons and long-range ...

Are you ready for tax-filing season?

Editorials and columns

Tax filing season has officially opened in Michigan and nationwide. On Monday, Jan. 28, the Internal Revenue Service started accepting paper and electronic returns — despite the temporary government shutdown. As everyone groans and starts collecting their W-2s and other various forms, ...