Opinion

What is a landmark worth?

Editorials and columns

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission defines a landmark as a building, property or object that has a special character or special historical or aesthetic interest or value as part of the development, heritage, or cultural characteristics of the city, state, or ...

Now is the time to watch City Hall

Editorials and columns

We are still four months from the filing deadline for candidates hoping for a seat on the Alpena Municipal Council, and seven months from the polls opening for that contest. But now is the time to start paying attention. Matter of fact, if you’re not already paying attention, you’re ...

Gun control debate is not one-dimensional

Editorials and columns

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

Days like today are why I love this job

Editorials and columns

On days like today, being the publisher of The Alpena News puts a smile on my face. While many would like to write newspapers off as being dinosaurs in the journalism industry, it is a newspaper like today’s that reminds readers of the important role community newspapers still play in the ...

No wonder newspaper readership dropping

Letters to the Editor

Per Justin A. Hinkley, in his March 30 commentary (“Do journalists owe Donald Trump an apology?”): “No ... so plainly obvious is the answer ... I could end this column right there.” Yeah, maybe he should have. Not only do journalists owe President Trump an apology, they also owe a ...

Newspapers aren’t (just) entertainment

Editorials and columns

One of the biggest frustrations to me and journalists the world over is that people too often treat our work as just another diversion, something that can be tuned into or tuned out of as easily as the last episode of “Survivor” or the latest Lions game. This isn’t entertainment. At ...

Marijuana will only cause problems

Letters to the Editor

Ignorance and apathy: I don’t know and I don’t care. That’s Harrisville City Council’s impact statement on recreational marijuana. Area drug peddlers, users and big money with its nefarious connections are elated. People have known for centuries that cannabis causes significant ...

Please, vaccinate

Editorials and columns

An outbreak of measles in Michigan has state officials concerned, and rightly so. As of midweek this week, 34 confirmed cases have been noted this year, the highest level since 1991. Of the cases, 33 have been in Oakland County and one in Wayne County. Officials with the Michigan Department ...

Diseases are crossing the southern border, too

Letters to the Editor

After viewing the aftermath of the Washington circus, and now the Chicago matter of Smollett, I will never again mock these governmental banana republics around the world! I wouldn’t blame the police if they walked off their jobs. There was probably less crime and disorder when the late Al ...

On health care and the joys of cow bell

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ A new survey says Americans borrowed $88 billion last year to pay for health care. One in four skipped treatment because they couldn’t afford it. And half of all Americans — half! — say bankruptcy is just one health emergency away. That should be the most ...

Applaud local government on PFAS action

Letters to the Editor

Open communication with government representatives is a privilege that I truly appreciate. Citizens sharing insight with their local government to better the community ... well, that’s simply the cat’s meow! Example: In February, 30 individuals, from local government, the District Health ...

Breaking silence on vaccines, measles, autism

Editorials and columns

UNICEF recently warned that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels. Worldwide, 98 countries reported more cases of measles in 2018 than in 2017, eroding progress against that highly preventable but potentially deadly disease. In the U.S., the CDC has confirmed more than ...

Electoral College a process, not a place

Letters to the Editor

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president. States’ entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives, plus two for senators ...

Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 is ‘all wet’

Editorials and columns

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but think one of my missions in life revolves around water. As a former newspaper publisher in York, Neb., I worked tirelessly to inform our readers about the injustice we know as TransCanada’s KXL pipeline. There are so many reasons why that is a ...

Marquardt’s story is one worth sharing

Editorials and columns

Hats off to Jim Marquardt. This month, Marquardt celebrates his 50th year in law enforcement, which by anyone’s standards is a milestone worth celebrating. As reporter Steve Schulwitz noted in a story Wednesday, 50 years in any job is an achievement, but to do so in a demanding field ...

Illegally taking a game animal

Editorials and columns

When it comes to law enforcement in northern Michigan, we work hand-in-hand with other departments on complaints all the time. I started my career with the Michigan State Police at the Newberry Post, and my back-up while working the day shift was the local sheriff’s department and the guys ...

We all play a role in keeping kids safe

Editorials and columns

This week, students, activists and those on the front lines of combatting child abuse and neglect are planting “pinwheel gardens” at conspicuous places all around the state in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which happens every April. Such a garden was planted outside the Alcona ...

Can we count on you to count all kids?

Editorials and columns

On Monday, the Michigan League for Public Policy joined a variety of other state and national advocacy groups, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), the Partnership for America’s Children, and the Michigan Nonprofit Association, to hold a Census Day of ...

Congrats, and thanks, Jim Marquardt!

Editorials and columns

Next month, Jim Marquardt will step down from the DARE program in local schools as he caps off 50 years of service with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office. Serving 50 years in any field is remarkable. Doing so in a job that puts your life on the line every single day and is so ...

On a journey, coming home

Editorials and columns

Tom Turk may have been the first person to “come home” to Alpena. In 1840, Tom and a friend spent a night under the stars at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. They were alone. Forty years later, in 1882, Turk came back to that same spot, but failed to experience what those who return ...