Opinion

Trump is right to up the ante on Kim

Editorials and columns

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

Eligibility questions hurt El-Sayed camp

Editorials and columns

It’s the day after the night before and they are picking up the pieces inside the Abdul El-Sayed campaign after the Aug. 7 vote. The guy who finished second in the Democratic primary for governor is fielding all sorts of “I’m sorry we let you down” apologies from his now-former campaign ...

Connections made, why I love The News

Editorials and columns

I love a great mystery and I love history. When the two are rolled into one that also involves a newspaper at the center of the story, I feel like I just won the lottery. This week, readers were treated to two special stories on consecutive days as Alpena resident Brad Wheelock reached ...

Be prepared for stormy weather

Editorials and columns

This week’s severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region were a reminder that “disaster preparedness” should not be a phrase, but a practice. As the warning sirens wailed in Alpena and lightning lit up the evening sky like a fireworks grand finale, it was easy to imagine the ...

USDA offers help for water infrastructure

Editorials and columns

Michiganders are understandably concerned about water quality. Recent discoveries of unusual pollutants have stirred questions about how we can better protect our environment and ensure clean drinking water for ourselves and future generations. Not long ago, the United States was a world ...

Asbestos ruins hopeful start of new school year

Editorials and columns

Nothing is more frustrating than anticipating something special, only to have a “monkey wrench” get in the way and change the mood and outlook of everyone. Such was the case at Alpena High School this week and the start of classes, when all of a sudden the school’s B-House ended up ...

Embezzlement betrays Fair Board trust

Letters to the Editor

Betrayed. While there are many words to describe the situation at hand, betrayed is the most fitting to describe our sentiments. If you have not read already, a former member of the Alpena County Fair Board has recently been charged with embezzlement. This was an affront on supporters of the ...

Hopes for the start a new school year

Editorials and columns

For many in our community, this past Monday marked a special day. Sunday night, clothes were laid out, backpacks were filled, pencils were sharpened, lesson plans written, dorm supplies collected. For those who weren’t returning to school on Monday, surely in the next few weeks cars will be ...

Congress should pass the Senate Farm Bill

Letters to the Editor

When Congress returns to D.C. next week, they must prioritize the health and nutrition of our families by passing protections for SNAP (food stamps) in the Senate’s bipartisan, common-sense Farm Bill. Unlike the House of Representatives’ Farm Bill, the Senate version protects our families ...

Every job comes with a list of favorites

Editorials and columns

As with any career, some parts of my job I like more than others. Today, you’ll learn about all my favorites of my Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce position. First, a quick disclaimer. I am not going to name the people with whom I work as one of my favorites, even though I adore our staff and ...

OSU needs some soul-searching

Editorials and columns

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

Bias against Moscow should not taint investigation

Editorials and columns

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation this week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

Voters spoke, but Alcona Co. listened

Editorials and columns

Thousands of miles separate Nigeria from Alcona County, but these days, the two might as well be next to each other. An internet scam involving someone in Nigeria who offers a person at the other end of an email a large sum of money if that person helps them move a money transfer out of ...

You’re holding treasure in your hands, right now

Editorials and columns

Right now, you’re gazing upon treasure. Whether you’re reading this in our still-strong print product (a miracle in and of itself, in this business), on our app on your smartphone, or on your desktop or tablet, you’re gazing upon treasure. That’s what a newspaper is, what a local ...

Sue Allor is not worthy of our trust or vote

Letters to the Editor

Imagine my surprise when I read Sue Allor’s Aug. 8 article in which she was quoted saying Michigan should “shut down Line 5.” She claims she just recently reached this conclusion. That is NOT true. In a 2016 Primary Voter Forum, then-candidate Allor called for the immediate closure of ...

Weekend rain’s a bummer, but we need it

Editorials and columns

There is a good chance, according to the National Weather Service, that as you read this editorial this morning, it will be raining outside. While normally rain on the weekend would be most unwelcome, today our attitude might be a little more forgiving as in actuality, the region really ...

Roosevelt had to be every bride, every corpse

Letters to the Editor

When Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, he had a son who was enrolled at an Ivy League university. One day, a fellow student complained to the son about his father’s performance in office. The younger Roosevelt sprang quickly to the president’s defense. “Oh, Dad’s ...