Opinion

Trump should stay the course with Kim

Editorials and columns

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his ...

Operating while intoxicated on watercraft

Editorials and columns

With the ice off all the inland lakes here in Northern Michigan, boating enthusiast and fishermen will be making their presence. With those hobbies sometimes comes the use of alcohol. I was asked to explain what the difference in the use of alcohol is between a vehicle on the roadway and a ...

Don’t take Kim at his word

Editorials and columns

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Legend of Bronco Bill Brousseau

Editorials and columns

It quickly became evident that telling the tale of Bronco Bill Brousseau was beyond the ability of any one man, a team approach would be required. Here’s why: The Detroit Free Press printed a full page spread on Bronco, picture and all, in its Sunday, Nov. 10, 1957, edition. The Article, ...

Candidates hold first debates

Editorials and columns

A rare treat last week as voters and the political media got not one but two extended looks at the candidates running for governor and if you watched the WOOD-TV debate good for you and if you read about the appearance in front of about 150 newspaper editors, another good for you. But alas, ...

Hillman left looking for a new plan

Editorials and columns

It's back to the drawing board for Hillman Community Schools after Tuesday's election as the sinking fund millage request failed, 273-266. Seven votes separated Hillman from a fund for making building repairs, installing a security system and implementing upgrades to help the learning ...

Support economic development in region

Letters to the Editor

Part of the history of my business has been to endeavor to share in community functions, financially and physically, and to encourage others to do the same. I'm pleased to be on the Board of Directors for our local economic development Board. My business, Lappan Agency, Inc., is also a ...

Colbeck is a man of principle for Michigan

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Patrick Colbeck who is running for Governor came to Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena for a Meet and Greet. A firestorm broke out in Michigan in the Media regarding his comments made about the threat of Islam (Muslim Brotherhood) in our state. It made national news. The record needs to be set ...

Cost of amusement park a real eye-opener

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ This is probably about the most obvious thing I've ever written, but, holy cow, are the theme parks in Orlando expensive. I hadn't been to one in 25 years. Back then, it cost an arm and a leg. This time it cost an arm, a leg and all of the arms and legs of the ...

Protect your brain, delay and prevent dementia

Letters to the Editor

For families and physicians caring for the elderly, memory impairment — ranging from benign forgetfulness to clinical dementia including Alzheimer's disease — can be frustrating. Moderate dementia symptoms targeting Activities of Daily Living can be reduced for at least six months by ...

Kudos and good luck to ACC grads

Editorials and columns

Alpena Community College has sent a new batch of graduates into the world following Thursday's commencement. This was the 65th graduating class for the college. A community college is a true measure of the community, with stories as varied as there are students. In Thursday's edition of The ...

It will change you if you let it

Editorials and columns

It will if you let it. I most often say it to myself, but occasionally, I say it to others too. I said it recently in response to a person who was complaining about how irritating certain posts on social media were. I thought he was going to tell me the posts about politics were annoying, or ...

‘Useful idiots’ deserve blame

Editorials and columns

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Haspel deserves fair consideration for her nomination

Editorials and columns

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at ...

Gentle encouragement opens doors

Editorials and columns

In fifth grade my dad asked me if I wanted to show an animal at the fair. At first it sounded like a lot of work and it might cut into my time reading Nancy Drew novels. He said he had a new baby calf in the barn and if I wanted him, I could raise him and show him at the county fair. If I ...

Seattle showing how not to treat big business

Editorials and columns

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Alpena truly a warm, friendly place to visit

Letters to the Editor

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Alpena and wanted to share some of my good feelings toward your town. I'm recently retired and taking a seven month retirement trip across the lower 48. Spending time in Michigan was an important part of my trip, since I grew up in Flint ...