Opinion

Sugar tariffs to blame for Necco’s demise

Editorials and columns

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Servers serve what’s important

Editorials and columns

If you’re not as busy as you once were and are looking to be some busier but not too much it might be best to first observe some who are — like Sheila, Grace Ann, Tonia, and the others over at the Ripley Street Big Boy. Take a seat at the counter and watch these folks in action; it’s ...

Time to remember those who have died for our freedom

Editorials and columns

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Another change of heart for Snyder

Editorials and columns

Sometime during their tenure, governors get associated with a phrase that sticks with them like glue almost to the point of being comical. A member of the Granholm administration worried about their future, knew they were toast when the governor utter, "He is a valuable member of the ...

Trump throws curveball at North Korea

Editorials and columns

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to ...

It’s time to bring back some decency, civility

Letters to the Editor

I am mad. I am fed up with the media. We watched the interview in the Oval Office on Wednesday. While our reporters are covering every nuance of the Oval Office, who is minding the farm? What are other elected people doing? Anything worthwhile like a budget? If someone is delivered a ...

Only auto body program being discontinued

Letters to the Editor

If you read the headlines on the front page of The Alpena News of May 18, you may think that ACC’s Auto Service Program is being discontinued. In fact that article was referring to the Auto Body program which is being discontinued, at least temporarily. My program on the other hand is ...

The world really is a better place to live

Editorials and columns

There are several popular business/self-improvement books out there now ("Factfulness" and "Enlightenment Now") that make the case that the world is objectively a much better place than it has ever been. The authors don't base their position on flaccid, positive-thinking mumbo jumbo. If ...

Central dispatch ready to help when needed

Letters to the Editor

My letter is in reference to the article published in the Alpena News on Thursday, May 17, 2018, entitled “Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times.” My intent is to inform the citizens of Alpena County that the Alpena County Central Dispatch has the capability to ...

AMA, APS need to think who supports them

Letters to the Editor

Over the years local residents have been asked to support millage proposals for numerous items to help financially support programs in the Alpena area. Some of these items are TBTA for Dial-A-Ride, APS for buildings, buses and other items that a not state funded and AMA ESD for continuing ...

Eye-catching red, white and blue salute

Editorials and columns

Alpena is starting to have that red, white and blue glow about town. As the Memorial Day weekend has arrived, so too have American flags — dozens of them along the Thunder Bay River. Thanks to the efforts of the Alpena Kiwanis Club and Alpena Booster Club, the Avenue of Flags has ...

Downtown in the age of the automobile

Editorials and columns

If I asked you what the biggest problem is in our downtown, I can imagine for most of you, a certain word would come to mind: parking. In the downtown world, parking has earned its reputation as the off-limits “p-word,” a problem that every downtown has but no solution ever fully truly ...

What does $100 million buy?

Editorials and columns

What can you buy with $100 million? For starters, there is a house with a price tag just over $100 million in Beverly Hills that has 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, is on 4.5 acres, and has a tennis court and guest house. There is also a home in South Beach, Miami, with a $100 million price tag ...

Trump’s message to Kim: We won’t be bullied

Editorials and columns

In suggesting he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may not meet on June 12, as had been scheduled, President Donald Trump is fighting fire with fire. Through what has been termed his “charm offensive,” Kim has raised hopes that a meeting with Trump could result in him agreeing to ...

Haspel has look, sound of being right for CIA

Editorials and columns

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, ...

CFC11 discovery raises questions

Editorials and columns

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Nassar fiasco not over yet for MSU

Editorials and columns

It's not over 'til it's over. The fat lady may be warming up, but she has not sung. Pick your favorite cliche and apply it to the Larry Nassar story at MSU because even though there is a humongous financial settlement with 332 survivors, this story is a long way from being over. There ...

Kudos to Stamas, Allor for efforts in naming highway

Editorials and columns

State. Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland and former State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, were good friends. Thus, when Stamas had the opportunity to honor his former colleague, he jumped at the opportunity. This week a bill he sponsored in the Senate that would designate a portion of US-23 in ...