Opinion

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and PC police

Editorials and columns

Some people love to sneer at examples of what they deem to be “political correctness.” My usual reaction is to wonder what’s wrong with them. Let’s use the N-word as an example. How is it not a good thing that most people don’t use that term anymore? Or how about some of the truly ...

It’s finally time to end lame duck

Editorials and columns

What we’ve seen year after year is a lame duck session where soon-to-be ex-lawmakers listen to corporate lobbyists behind closed doors to ram through their pet policies at breakneck speed with little accountability or public discourse. It’s a broken piece of our democracy that needs to ...

What newspapers can learn from Corn Flakes

Editorials and columns

Another day of mourning in this business. On Tuesday, Crain’s Detroit Business ran a headline I have seen many, many times over my nearly 13 years as a journalist: The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News are offering buyouts to senior employees in anticipation of layoffs for the New Year ...

What are the Alpena area’s SWOTs?

Editorials and columns

A SWOT Analysis is a tool used to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of an organization or program. Once identified, the goal is then to create a plan to improve by growing the strengths, improving or addressing weaknesses, embracing opportunities, and eliminating — ...

Talent is never a bad investment

Editorials and columns

In a recent edition of The News, reporter Julie Goldberg detailed how Alpena Public Schools, Alcona Community Schools, Hillman Community Schools, Atlanta Community Schools, and the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District have partnered to seek a $2 million Marshall Plan grant ...

Lessons and truths learned as I turn 40

Editorials and columns

I’m not usually a birthday celebrator, but next week I level up to age 40. I’m actually excited about where I’m at in life. I realized the other day that, while I’m getting older in age, I actually refer to my younger self as the “old” me. I did think I would have more things ...

George H.W. Bush was tough, and decent, and a good man

Editorials and columns

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

The rest of the story: George Perles

Editorials and columns

The intriguing thing about politics is that more often than not, the stories you read are not always the full story. What you see may not be what is really going on because for one reason or another, certain “facts” are often omitted which brings us to the departure of 84-year-old George ...

Folly to guess how pot will fare in lame duck

Editorials and columns

“Up in Smoke” was a 1978 comedy featuring Cheech and Chong that became a cult favorite of many recreational marijuana users over the years. Today in Michigan, proponents of the recently approved recreational marijuana initiative aren’t happy, and probably wonder if next week’s ...

Line 5 legislation bad deal for Michiganders

Letters to the Editor

Our lame-duck Legislature in Lansing is considering a back-room deal between Enbridge Inc. and Gov. Rick Snyder. Introduced two days after the election, Senate Bill 1197 would guarantee the 65-year-old, damaged Line 5 pipelines remain operative in the Straits of Mackinac for up to another ...

Yes, Mason, there is a Santa Claus

Editorials and columns

Sitting here, with a light blanket of new-fallen snow outside my window, beyond my Tannenbaum, I am feeling Christmassy and want to tell a Christmas story about newspapers. One of my favorites is the story of “Yes, Virgina.” You’ve likely heard the story. There are books and movies, ...

Remember the time, not the building

Letters to the Editor

First, kudos to Anne Gentry for a wonderfully thoughtful piece on the loss attendant in new construction (I’m a sucker for anyone quoting Joseph Mitchell. Or Jane Jacobs). Second, I don’t know that there is an answer to the dilemma of a disappearing past. On the one hand, we see our past ...

Thankful for our firefighters

Editorials and columns

Thank you, firefighters, for being there when we need you. We are reminded of the wonderful job those men and women do with Friday morning’s early fire at KiKi Cuyler’s in Harrisville. In very cold conditions, firefighters battled the blaze to the end, trying to preserve a Harrisville ...

Culture should not trump laws or victims

Letters to the Editor

One of our greatest flaws in our system of Democracy is the denial of responsibility of any matter by authorities spreading it. I am referring to the story about a Detroit federal judge dismissing charges against eight people, including two doctors, in the genital mutilation of nine girls, with ...

Why are we chucking hockey pucks?

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ Oakland University is passing out hockey pucks to faculty and students to chuck at would-be mass shooters on campus. If that wasn’t so sad, it’d be funny. We seemingly will do anything to avoid re-instituting the assault weapon ban and taking other ...

The high cost of new construction

Editorials and columns

On certain crisp winter mornings, I can still feel the crunch of the snow as I walk from the warmth of Wednesday morning Mass to the warmth of the brick-walled school, the only light the final moonbeams in the air. On certain crisp winter mornings, the radiators burr and hiss as we re-enter the ...

Anonymous benefactor a Christmas joy

Editorials and columns

In what has become an Alpena tradition this time of year, a generous, anonymous benefactor again this season left several $100 bills in Salvation Army red kettles around the city. Two years ago, an anonymous donor started the $100 bill tradition. Last year, the same thing occurred. Exactly a ...

Clear your car windows of snow, ice

Editorials and columns

As I was traveling to work after the last big snow storm, I witnessed a vehicle whose driver must have been in a rush, was being lazy, or just did not care that morning. Their vehicle’s windows and, specifically, the windshield, were not clear of frost and snow. The driver was lucky if ...

UPDATED: APS taxpayers, please do your homework

Editorials and columns

CORRECTION: This editorial has been updated, based on new information provided Nov. 29 by Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner, to more accurately reflect the total tax burden property owners would have for APS debt if a new millage request goes forward. In Tuesday’s edition ...