Opinion

Long live the exclamation point!

Editorials and columns

When it comes to the English language, there are three rules that newspaper reporters typically follow: 1) Never use an Oxford comma. If you don’t know what that is, I’m reluctant to tell you, in case you’ll start using them. But what the heck: An Oxford comma is the comma that sick, ...

Doug Pugh’s recent column was excellent

Letters to the Editor

Doug Pugh, your article, “Comparisons that define obscenity,” was excellent. Your whole article gave some fine examples for us to think about. I agree with your words about Sally Yates, who stood up for what is right, rather than go along with what she felt was unlawful. I agree with ...

Protect the bridge from Enbridge oil tunnel

Editorials and columns

Plans calling for the Mackinac Bridge Authority to own the proposed Enbridge crude oil tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac are ill-advised. For over 60 years, the bridge has served as a symbol of our great state – the very manifestation of the courage, cooperation, innovation, and ...

Letter on Krawczak’s column was bullying

Letters to the Editor

“Bully: v., to treat (someone) in a cruel, insulting, threatening or aggressive fashion: to act like a bully toward.” Mr. Shuman, Your recent letter to the editor says more about you as a person than it says about Ms. Krawczak as a writer. While you may be a ‘professional,’ kindness ...

Agree, was disappointed in hospital response

Letters to the Editor

I was prompted to write this letter in response to Joseph Houle’s letter of Oct. 27, “Disappointed in lack of emergency doctors.” I took my husband to the emergency department at the hospital a few weeks ago with a laceration of his hand. I thought, “Oh, good,” only two people ...

Halloween attack on child over costume was wrong

Letters to the Editor

Are we becoming a nation of politically correct morons, that we attack children due to their Halloween costumes? In Kentucky, a 5-year-old and his family were attacked during trick-or-trunk because his father was a history buff. The costumes were of an SS officer and Hitler. The problem is that ...

Ed Grezlak, ‘the most interesting man in Alpena’

Editorials and columns

Dos Equis beer now enjoys brand recognition thanks to its “Most Interesting Man in the World” advertising campaign. But the company pales in comparison to Ed Grezlak, the “Most Interesting Man in Alpena.” For years, city residents watched Grezlak’s house be constructed on some of ...

Safety tips for avoiding car-deer crashes

Editorials and columns

As deer start to get antsy with the “rut” approaching, they begin moving a lot during low-light times. Their movement during the early morning hours or into the evening leads to inevitable car-deer accidents. With that in mind, I want to provide some tips for traveling safe during ...

Bring on the bots!

Editorials and columns

A recent front-page story in The News highlighted a VEX IQ League Championship event at Alpena High School. Area elementary students competed against one another in contests that had them design and program robots to complete specific tasks. High schoolers experienced in robotics ...

Women, don’t throw in the towel on voting

Editorials and columns

A woman sits in her rocking chair, holding a piece of white cotton fabric. She turns it over, running her fingers along the edges, looking over her handiwork. It had been a simple tea towel when she started, but her hands had transformed it, creating an intricate crocheted pattern. Satisfied, ...

Keep hands off the political yard signs

Editorials and columns

Especially in even-numbered years, campaign signs are as much a part of any town’s fall decor as orange lights and Jack-o-lanterns. Residents and business owners pop the signs up in their yards to show support for their candidates, and the candidates and parties themselves find places to ...

Comparisons that define obscenity

Editorials and columns

Somewhere in my travels through the definitions of words and the characterizations of men’s actions, obscenity became defined in terms of a comparison: something sacred contrasted with something base, something pure to a thing corrupt, an absolute truth to an unmitigated lie. Always, a ...

Have a safe — and fun — Halloween

Editorials and columns

It’s “trick or treat” time in Alpena, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and highways, make ...

Don’t blame bombs on rhetoric

Editorials and columns

Someone tried to send bombs to several critics of President Donald Trump, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton former President Barack Obama. Secret Service intercepted the bombs, no one was hurt, and a suspect was arrested Friday. President Donald Trump’s reaction, as White ...

The News misstated my letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena News printed a RETRACTION on the front page of Tuesday’s paper because of a misleading/confusing headline from the day before. It was stated in the retraction, “We have checks and balances in place to ensure that headlines are not only factually accurate and typo-free but also ...

Using teaching moments before election

Editorials and columns

The assignment for the rubber chicken dinner audience was to write down the names of the candidates running for state attorney general and secretary of state. There was an immediate audible groan that weaved its way through the crowd as it became instantly clear that nobody knew any of the ...

Taking the opioid fight to the next level

Editorials and columns

Any law enforcement officer will tell you opioids are a problem at a crisis level in Michigan. For instance there were 2,279 overdose deaths in Michigan in 2017 and 1,941 were opioid-related, up from 1,786 opioid-related deaths in 2016 and 1,320 in 2015. Those statistics came from the ...

Write me in to continue good work on our roads

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in reference to Julie Goldberg’s article, “Township and city voters head to the polls,” where some of the candidates for Allis Township supervisor were interviewed. I would like to crrect the facts as stated by candidate Bob Anderson that the township’s roads are ...

Reasons to value your local newspaper

Editorials and columns

When I first started in this business, back in 2006 at my hometown paper, the Battle Creek Enquirer, more than 130 people worked in the old building on Van Buren Street. There were pressmen, ad teams, a classifieds department, circulation managers, secretaries and – where I worked in my ...

Greene peddles muck in her state rep bid

Letters to the Editor

Lora Greene recently posted on social media complaining about a negative mail piece that attacks her. What surprised me was that she insinuates Sue Allor had knowledge of the content. I looked into it and this is what I found: The piece was paid for by MRP, not the Committee to Elect Sue ...