Opinion

Police, animal control uncaring to deer

Letters to the Editor

In my last letter, I reported the taking of a yearling doe from my son’s front yard on Easter Sunday by the Alpena County Animal Control officer and a DNR officer. The deer was a free-ranging, never penned animal. They told us it was too tame. However, it traveled the acres surrounding the ...

A painful reminder from the National Weather Service

Editorials and columns

The National Weather Service folks out of Gaylord are great people — they really are. Sometimes, though, we find their information painfully accurate. Earlier in the week, they sent out an infographic via Twitter that highlighted the seasonal snowfall from this past winter. It was ...

Exchange Club is committed to community

Letters to the Editor

We appreciate Steve Schulwtiz’s article on the great service clubs in Alpena. We feel it’s important to let the community know about the Exchange Club of Alpena and the work of our members. The Exchange Club of Alpena was established Sept. 11, 1925. We currently have 48 members. Our ...

Memories less dangerous than photos

Editorials and columns

This headline caught my eye: “Woman falls to her death while taking photos at Eagle Falls in Lake Tahoe.” That’s been happening a lot lately, especially since the invention of the selfie. “Oregon State college student falls to her death from cliff while taking pictures” ...

Congress is painting the living room

Editorials and columns

Two-and-a-half years ago, our choice was to hand over the greatest country in the history of mankind, the largest military on the planet, and the position of the most powerful job in the world to an impulsive real estate developer with a temper or to a former senator and secretary of state with ...

Congrats, Alpena track and field stars

Editorials and columns

It has been a long time since Alpena High School had a state track champion. This year, the school made up for that drought with two state champions: Eli Winter for discus, and Gabe Bullis for pole vault. The two were exceptional at the state Division 1 finals track meet in Kentwood last ...

A dozen years of positive changes

Editorials and columns

In May of this year, I celebrated 12 years at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. So much has changed about the community in that dozen years. This column is dedicated to some of the positive changes I have seen in that time. Probably the biggest positive change I have seen is the ...

Remember

Editorials and columns

Today, the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied troops’ invasion of occupied France at the beaches of Normandy during World War II. It remains the largest beach invasion in history, turning the tide of the war to the advantage of the Allied troops and leading to changes in ...

Be neighborly with your fireworks

Editorials and columns

In Tuesday’s edition, reporter Steve Schulwitz told us about the Alpena Municipal Council’s efforts to update the city’s fireworks ordinance to comply with a new state law on Michiganders’ use of consumer-grade celebratory explosives. The new law specifies the times and dates when ...

The unanimous vote that really was?

Editorials and columns

Beware of those unamious votes. It’s a well kept secret in university boardrooms that, whenever a new president needs to be hired, the board may be bitterly dividied in private but, in an attempt to wallpaper over those differences, the members agree that, in public, there will be a ...

Congrats, grads!

Editorials and columns

“Next stop, real world” was the headline Crystal Nelson’s coverage of Hillman’s high school graduation ceremonies in Monday’s edition. As of today, most students in Northeast Michigan have reached that next stop, having turned their tassels and picked up their diplomas and headed ...

Happy to see public-private partnership

Editorials and columns

A government of the people works best when the people are really part of it. That spirit is on full display in Presque Isle County, where, according to a report last week by News reporter Julie Riddle, a private logging company has partnered with the county Road Commission and the Michigan ...

School’s almost out; when should we return?

Editorials and columns

As the 2018-19 school year winds down in the weeks ahead, when do you believe districts should send students back to class? Michigan is one of only three states in the country that mandate school starts after Labor Day. This year, Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 2, making most school starts for ...

Culture shifts leave Christians responsible

Letters to the Editor

Listen closely, Mr. Shuman, you may learn something. Once the 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 chromosomes from the mother are merged into 46 chromosomes, the result is a cell with the immediate DNA and genetic code of a human being. It is a life! Scripture clearly defines fetuses in the ...

Who’s responsible for faux quote’s spread?

Editorials and columns

Earlier this week, a think tank chief and journalist caused a stir when he tweeted out a made-up quote attributed to President Donald Trump. “President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden,’” tweeted Ian Bremmer, president ...

Abortion supporters want more than rights

Letters to the Editor

Dear Reader, have you considered the rant, in a recent letter to the editor, calling for the protection of reproductive rights? Since when did the government or anyone deny anyone reproductive rights? In fact there are concerns that there isn’t enough reproduction of human beings. What the ...

Rogers City’s salmon proposal has merit

Editorials and columns

For as long as we can remember, salmon and Rogers City have seemed synonymous. Yet, as we all know, few things seem “forever” anymore, and the chinook salmon fishery in Lake Huron has suffered from some tough years, recently. Yes, it still exists, but not in the same numbers and size ...

Chickens of last three years coming to roost

Letters to the Editor

Being a 29-year subscriber to the Alpena News, I have read many columns by people who portray themselves as the sole voice of reason in the arena of public thought and discourse. Columnists trying to tell you that water is not wet and the sky is not blue. Elections have consequences and the ...

Democrats, get a backbone and impeach

Editorials and columns

I would hate to be in line at McDonald’s behind a congressional Democrat. “I’ll have the Big Mac ... no, wait. There’s a lot of fat in that. Then again, you only live once, right, ha ha! But, really, I shouldn’t. Maybe I should get some Chicken McNuggets instead. I wonder if the ...

Congress, act! Our very democracy is at stake

Letters to the Editor

On May 29, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held his first public statement in two years since starting his investigation, and it was remarkable: “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Now that Mueller has said his hands were and ...