Opinion

Spousal abuse not a major issue for Trump

Editorials and columns

Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" Even if you didn't know whose ...

When we say I do

Editorials and columns

It might take place in a restaurant or at a dining room table. It might happen on a carpet of rose peddles or the summer sands of some quiet beach. It might happen as a quiet violin serenades or as a flash mob belts out your favorite song. For my wife and me it took place ... wait for it ...

Erickson sets an example for all of us

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Pastor Jim Erickson who last week was named Alpena’s “Outstanding Citizen of the Year.” The award was presented to him at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. Erickson is a fitting recipient whose work exemplifies what the award should be all ...

A kindness challenge for you

Editorials and columns

Health challenges seem to be popping up all over. Eight weeks of clean eating. A four-week exercise challenge. Twenty pushups a day for 20 days. Someone I know has a New Year Resolution to be kinder and more gracious than he already is. We could all be a little kinder right? I thought ...

Takeaways from Snyder’s final budget

Editorials and columns

Flashback to Jan. 1981. President Ronald Reagan brought the House down, at least on the GOP side of the Congress with his infamous line, "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." Apparently Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wasn't listening or it appears more ...

Snyder’s proposed trash fee hike is overdue

Editorials and columns

A decade ago, Michigan Republicans managed to stop a plan passed by Democrats in the state House to raise landfill dumping fees. The Democrats were motivated by the endless stream of Canadian trash trucks overturning and catching fire on freeway medians in southeast Michigan. In the Port ...

Region’s elk population strong, numerous

Editorials and columns

As we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of elk being reintroduced into Michigan’s outdoors, Department of Natural Resources officials have just concluded their annual winter survey which found elk numbers at healthy numbers. Most residents would contend the reintroduction of elk has been ...

Pay attention to the facts to save deer herd

Letters to the Editor

Shockingly, Dr. Mason, DNR wildlife director, wrote in the Michigan Outdoor News (1/5/18) the following: (1) “APRs are incompatible with scientific based Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)”; (2) “there's no evidence that APRs improve hunter retention or recruitment.” (3) “there is no ...

Moments make the Olympics great

Editorials and columns

Too bad there isn't a way to put the Olympics theme song into the paper so you could hear it as you read (online you can find a way to play it simultaneously). I love the Olympics, both Summer and Winter, and I suspect part of it is becomes I'm of a certain age where we didn't have as many ...

Fairgrounds would be good spot for market

Letters to the Editor

The paper stated at the meeting of the city council they were considering moving the farmers market downtown to Mich-e-ke-wis Park. I was thinking it would be a good idea to move it to the fairgrounds. There would be enough parking and enough room for the vendors. Besides, this is our ...

Here’s why teens are eating Tide pods

Editorials and columns

I know many adults are struggling to understand why teenagers across the country are chewing on laundry detergent pods. I believe I can bring some clarity to this question: It's because they're morons. I do not say that to be insulting. I say it because: A) I was a teenage boy once, ...

Our secret garden

Editorials and columns

Valentine's Day is next week. What's in your heart? A children's novel entitled The Secret Garden was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and published in 1911. The story centers around a young, sickly and unloved 10-year-old girl named Mary Lennox. She was born to wealthy British parents ...

Police officers and children

Editorials and columns

Today’s column is going to serve more of a public service announcement than a question from a community member. As the Community Service Trooper, I have the pleasure of being in the public in a number of places such as schools, senior centers, local businesses, and public events. It is ...

Intelligence memorandum raises questions

Editorials and columns

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. The House vote was 256-164. In the Senate, the tally was 65-34. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A ...

A diverse group of dreamers

Editorials and columns

Once, a fellow ventured forth from Bolton chasing after a dream, He got as far as Hubbard Lake. On his farm there his son, Aric, found a bottle. That bottle was the product of other people’s dreams; many of those dreamers came from Ossineke. Aric Donajkowski, the bottle’s finder, now ...