Opinion

There is a solids basis for political action

Editorials and columns

Much that constitutes the affairs of man floats without direction — only after a swirl is there any chance of it congealing. More and more this unsettled manner serves to define our politics and the discharge of our business. Where can one look for guidance to a smoother flow? Could it ...

Manafort getting fair trial with tough judge

Editorials and columns

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial this week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

Cheers to AG who cracked down on contractor

Editorials and columns

All too often, we hear of crimes commited by people who get away with them. Sometimes they steal money by calling grandmothers and lying about grandchildren being in trouble. Other times, they take money for home improvements, then never show up to do the work. Well, good for West Virginia ...

‘Milk’ products do need a label crackdown

Letters to the Editor

As a proud dairy farmer, I must respond to the Viewpoint, “Milk Crackdown: Why?”. Every year, our farm hosts hundreds of school children and parents and every year, parents are stunned to learn that beverages labeled as some type of “milk” contain no dairy products. In fact, not to ...

Empower teachers with mental health first aid

Editorials and columns

A lack of mental health services in schools is being called a silent epidemic. In a given year, up to one in five children in the United States show symptoms of a mental disorder, which would equate to five students in a classroom of 25. Nearly 80 percent of children who are suffering from ...

Burn the idea that climate change causes big wildfires

Editorials and columns

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Mr. Trump: Let Robert Mueller do his job

Editorials and columns

Just why is our president so against Robert Mueller finishing his assigned duty? An adversary has attacked our democracy and it is vital to find the details in hope of preventing future insurgencies. Dozens have been indicted, several have pleaded guilty, and three trials have started or ...

Embrace the lesson in every experience

Editorials and columns

There is no playbook for life. I’ve learned a few things about what seems to work best regarding how we should approach life, especially when facing difficult situations. In addition to battles I’ve already shared like my eating disorder, depression, and family alcoholism, my family ...

Change can happen to the best of us!

Editorials and columns

This past weekend, I had a chance to revisit a favorite camping spot in Northeast Michigan. As a child, our family would make annual pilgrimages to Shoepac Lake in southwest Presque Isle County. The property includes a deep fishing lake, rustic sites, and a trail that loops around five ...

Endorsements can be yummy, but they may make you sick

Editorials and columns

Political endorsements are like your Mom’s favorite chicken soup. It may not cure all your ills, but it doesn’t hurt ... or does it? With an electorate that often doesn’t know squat about a candidate’s qualifications, the office seeker often turns to someone the voter does know and ...

Critics of Trump’s economic stance were wrong

Editorials and columns

His critics labeled President Donald Trump a dangerous bull in the economic china shop when he threatened to slap new tariffs on some goods imported from European Union members. They were long overdue in response to unfair trade tactics aimed at the United States by the EU, Trump ...

Let the sounds of freedom ring in Aug.

Editorials and columns

In the old days, they used to refer to the pungent odor from Alpena’s industries as the “smell of money.” Keeping in that vein, then, we are a week away from the “sounds of freedom” screaming across the sky over Northern Michigan. From Aug. 5 to 18, the Alpena Combat Readiness ...

Alpena Senior Center is a local treasure

Letters to the Editor

One of the best-kept secrets of Alpena has been slowly leaking out. Have you been to our local senior center lately? Well, if you haven’t, I hope that you take the time and stop in soon. In the last two years, the Alpena Senior Center has been the recipient of two Michigan Health ...

Local votes are the ones that matter

Editorials and columns

In many ways, it is a shame that a presidential election gains all the voter interest. As far as we’re concerned, it is elections like that which will occur Aug. 7 that should have residents excited and eager to vote. It is these types of elections — electing officials at the local and ...

Detention is traumatic for children, families

Letters to the Editor

Detention, even with families, is traumatic for children and can have long-term health and developmental effects. Studies show significant impacts on children held in detention, including depression, post-traumatic stress, increased rates of anxiety, heightened risks of self-harm, developmental ...

‘Surrender tomorrow to Jesus’

Editorials and columns

At my father’s graveside committal service 26 years ago this week, I was the last one to leave. My cousin, a Baptist pastor from Muscatine, Iowa, had stood with me for quite awhile. As I recall, more watching than talking. There was the lowering of the casket into the vault. Then the dirt was ...

DNR’s bait ban won’t slow deer disease

Letters to the Editor

The DNR has proposed to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) a statewide ban on baiting (LP only). The Commission will act on the recommendation in the next few weeks and announce on Aug. 9. The purpose is to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). It won’t work. CWD is spread ...