Opinion

Rep. Bergman’s hypocricy on health care

Letters to the Editor

Jack Bergman’s latest political ad disparages Matt Morgan for supporting universal health care. I find it odd that someone who has been receiving government-provided health care for nearly 50 years thinks that government provided health care for the rest of us is a bad thing. CHRIS ...

Reich shows how radical Democrats really are

Letters to the Editor

Robert Reich is at it again. He accuses President Donald Trump of attacking Democrats. You mean, Robert, those people who riot, forcing people out of restaurants, screaming in the face of people, clogging streets so that I cannot get to my job, my church, the store, children can’t get to ...

Food is love

Editorials and columns

I’m probably going to have to make supper again tonight. It doesn’t seem right. I mean, I just made supper yesterday. And the day before that, and the day before that. As of today, I’ve been married 8,819 days. Let’s say I made supper 80 percent of those days; that means I’ve put ...

Governments should continue looking to share

Editorials and columns

We support the concept of shared services, or consolidation of efforts, whenever and wherever it is feasible. One of the success stories toward that end in recent years has been the sharing of a superintendent in the Atlanta and Hillman school districts. Carl Seiter is a special person who ...

Greene will walk the walk on the Great Lakes

Letters to the Editor

If you are a state rep from northern Michigan and you have been in office for two years, it seems that protecting our environment would be your top priority. So what do you do when your chance for reelection is approaching and your constituents accuse you of talking the talk but not walking the ...

My most popular Facebook musings

Editorials and columns

“Write a column sharing your Facebook posts!” “Incorporate some of your Facebook posts into a column.” “Use that Facebook post for a column idea.” People have been making statements like those to me for awhile now. I think it’s weird (no offense to those who have said this), ...

Kudos to APS for giving kids new ways to learn

Editorials and columns

A recent story in The News showcased Alpena Public Schools’ new project-based learning program at Alpena High. The freshman courses allow students to learn science, history and English lessons in a more collaborative and hands-on way. It gives them more access to technology, as all ...

Tourism wouldn’t succeed without you

Editorials and columns

We have entered the shoulder season of tourism called fall. We all call it Fall, but for businesses that depend on revenue from tourist spending, fall is the final stretch to help meet financial goals prior to the low-season of winter. How important is tourism to our economy? An analysis ...

We must go after North Korea for cyber hostilities

Editorials and columns

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

Clock is ticking: Register to vote today for Nov. 6

Editorials and columns

Tuesday is only one day away, and that is the last day Michiganders can register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Much will be decided with those ballots. Nationwide, voters will decide which party controls Congress, which could break up Republicans’ current control of all three ...

To be a farmer is to be always optimistic

Editorials and columns

Oct. 12 may be National Farmer’s Day, but I can’t quite bring myself to say, “Happy Farmers Day.” I don’t know too many “happy farmers.” I know a lot of suffering farmers, farmers suffering from low prices and costs that exceed their income. I know a lot of persevering farmers, ...

We can escape ‘decline of democracy’

Editorials and columns

“In the first part of this century we’re seeing the death and decline of democracy.” Sobering. Chilling. Disheartening. All those words come to mind regarding the above quote from former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last week. What made the quote even more depressing for me ...

Prop. 2 is not for the people; vote no in Nov.

Letters to the Editor

The slick TV ads claiming that Proposal 2 is for the people is in fact an ad for special interest groups. Anytime a proposal wants to change or amended our state constitution, be very suspect of what is wanted. A vote yes on Proposal 2 would take away part of our legislators’ job to represent ...

Why we ‘bury’ national news inside

Editorials and columns

A while back, the day after two of President Donald Trump’s advisers were convicted of crimes stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation, a reader called to ask why we had “buried” the news on a deep-inside page of the paper. To be sure, it was important news. Paul Manafort, who had ...

Allor is bought by people outside the 106th

Letters to the Editor

With the law change in Lansing that further unleashes political action committees, I was curious about their impact here in the 106th state House District. Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money “donated” by corporations, individuals and associations to influence ...

We applaud the plan for Line 5

Editorials and columns

We applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for hammering out a deal this week with Enbridge Energy officials that will eventually close down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The agreement will result in pipeline safety improvements along Line 5 in Michigan, both on land and underwater, construction of a ...

Are Stamas, Allor talking talk of NE Mich.?

Letters to the Editor

Proposal 2 will put an end to gerrymandering our state’s district lines that are now drawn by politicians and lobbyists. Recently, I heard state Sen. Jim Stamas say that Voters Not Politicians had “paid circulators” and not grassroots volunteers and that is why he would not vote for ...

Legal marijuana would cost us

Editorials and columns

In one month, Michiganders will go to the polls and vote on proposal 18-1, which would allow individuals over the age of 21 to possess 140 joints and use and sell marijuana candies, cookies, and other highly potent edibles and concentrates. This would be a major mistake that will impact our ...

Just what is happening to our democracy?

Letters to the Editor

I’m not wanting to sound crazed, but I’m feeling that way! I’ll try to just state what I feel. I’m worried sick about our common wealth, the buttresses of democracy being stolen from us piecemeal! Our natural parks, historic sites, public lands, public schools, transit systems, and now ...