Opinion

Also got great care at the Alpena hospital

Letters to the Editor

I, too, like Dr. Avery Aten (“Celebrate our local health care system,” April 13) had an excellent experience at MidMichigan Health recently. I was a patient in the ER and everyone from the receptionist to the X-ray tech to the young woman who administered the breathing treatment were ...

The importance of thinking, reading critically

Editorials and columns

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that the website detailing the fictional endangered tree octopus was used by University of Connecticut researchers but was not created by them. The source of the website was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. Back in the ...

A few simple facts about Onaway airport

Letters to the Editor

Here are a few simple facts surrounding the Onaway Airport and “Rogers City County’s” financial woes. First and foremost, an airport is critical infrastructure in a community. The location of the Onaway Airport has several important advantages over an airport in Rogers City, too many to ...

Collaboration encouraging, tax talk discouraging

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Is it possible for national GOP lawmakers and Democrats to actually work together on something? It’s premature to assume that to be the case, but, at least this week, a glimmer of hope could be seen at the White House after congressional Democrat leaders and President Donald Trump, with ...

Newspapers, journalists deserve an apology!

Letters to the Editor

I think we need to celebrate The News and newspapers that bring us the truth! We need the truth in order to be a functioning democracy. Robert Mueller’s report does support what The News and newspapers have been saying and the lies from this administration should be called what they are: ...

What’s wrong? Is outrage really so dead?

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Come Heller high water ... ∫ Years after Watergate, President Nixon astonished the world when he told interviewer David Frost that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” The idea is ludicrous, right? If true, that would mean we live in a kingdom, not a ...

Sad students knew nothing of founding father

Letters to the Editor

In the April 25 edition of The News, syndicated columnist Walter Williams wrote about nearly 3,500 protest signatures at George Mason University asking for the firing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was hired to co-teach a course called Creation of the ...

Time to take off that holiday weight

Editorials and columns

When the temperature reaches a balmy 48 degrees and folks shed their parkas to stand in line at Dairy Queen, you know spring has reached northern Michigan. With warmer temperatures, we discover that, beneath layers of winter clothes, we added layers to ourselves. Santa gave us his belly, Cupid ...

Low esteem for DNR’s actions with deer

Letters to the Editor

About a year ago, my son and his wife saw a doe along the side of the road dead and a newborn fawn alive beside her. They picked it up and got goat’s milk to feed it until it could eat on its own. The deer was never penned and was always free-ranging. Last Easter, my daughter-in-law ...

Cannot say yes, time has come to just say no

Letters to the Editor

Thank you Mr. Morrison, of Ossineke, for your “Open letter to politicians” (April 20). It IS time to just say no. To EVERYONE. No. I’m sorry. No thank you. Not this time. And I do feel sorry. But ... When our elected officials, public servants and administrators feel that they have no ...

Changing the face of beauty

Editorials and columns

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We have all heard that old saying, which first appeared in that form in an 1878 book titled “Molly Bawn,” written by Irish writer, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. A book review referred to the main character like this: “Molly Bawn is so beautiful, so ...

A prayer for journalists

Editorials and columns

Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. Alpena News Editor/Publisher Bill Speer, former Lifestyles editor Diane Speer, and Managing Editor Justin A. Hinkley offered the following prayer during Alpena’s celebration of the occasion on the steps of City Hall. Let us pray. Father in heaven, ...

ORVs versus agricultural use

Editorials and columns

Off-road vehicle laws are a set of laws people know exist, but don’t necessarily know all the specifics of, myself included. I received the following in a letter: “My brother recently bought a John Deere Gator ORV. It’s equipped with a crush-proof cab, plus all the safety accessories. ...

Lawmakers should answer snow day questions

Editorials and columns

Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner doesn’t need any distractions right now. He is focused on Tuesday’s bond request for the district, and is making last-minute appearances to any group that will offer him a 10-minute platform. And, trust us, he has made many, many of ...

A legislative fix that could help more families

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Unnecessary paperwork—or fear—should not keep parents from being able to put food on the table. Michigan parents who apply for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or who apply for a child care subsidy are required to cooperate with child support ...

Kudos, Alcona County, for mental health training

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“Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.” — Norman Vincent Peale The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 2017 paper, estimated that mental health issues are five times as common among men and women in jails or prisons as they ...

Searching for a soothing center

Editorials and columns

I may have run across the cause of the twisted relationship between Alpena Township and the city: their boundary line. Have you ever looked at a map of the city? If you haven’t, you should. Note especially the northern boundary, where the irregularity becomes pronounced. It’s so ...

Leave the cute ones be

Editorials and columns

It’s a beautiful spring day in Northeast Michigan. You’re out in the woods to soak in the natural beauty that makes this region such a great place to live, when you stumble upon a small, spotted fawn curled up in a thick of grass. There appears to be no doe around watching over the little ...

A lukewarm endorsement of APS’ bond proposal

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On May 7, Alpena Public Schools will ask voters for permission to sell up to $63 million in bonds to raise money for facility repairs, renovations, remodels and upgrades, with a focus on improving school security measures. The bonds would be repaid over 25 years through increased property ...

Opening day of trout season like Christmas

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For many of us, today is like Christmas morning. Today is the opening day of trout season in Michigan, and, for those of us crazy enough to wade into streams swollen with melted snow runoff, the experience is both exhilarating and electrifying. I can trace my trout roots to Bull Run in ...