Opinion

Merry Christmas Northeast Michigan

Editorials and columns

The stockings have been hung by the chimney with care ... and all across Northeast Michigan residents wait in eager anticipation. As we draw close to Christmas 2017, we share our Christmas greetings and best wishes with readers. For most of us, this has been a year filled with both joys ...

Disappointed by governor’s action on pipeline

Letters to the Editor

I was deeply troubled, if not insulted and outraged, that Gov. Snyder went ahead and negotiated an agreement with Enbridge Energy Partners several days after release of the final version of the Line 5 Independent Alternative Analysis Report and prior to any public comment period. I consider ...

An important, smile-worthy sign

Editorials and columns

The folks at the Alpena Free Methodist Church always have a way of getting me to smile. While it is a great group of people who worship there, the smile they get me to share usually comes from the latest sign outside the church. Within the past week the sign changed, with the newest message ...

Why not create a third bathroom at school?

Letters to the Editor

Do all you parents and taxpayers know in our Alpena school, boys can go into the girls bathroom and girls can go into the boys bathroom? What's wrong with making a third bathroom. No room for a third bathroom, then add on to the building a third bathroom. What's next, boys and girls using the ...

Time for laughter, love and memories

Editorials and columns

When people ask me about my favorite Christmas memories, the answers never center around presents. In fact, while I can look at something and remember that someone might have given me a particular gift, I can't just randomly recall any gifts I've ever received aside from the time our parents ...

Upset that parents didn’t keep kid warmer

Letters to the Editor

OK, it's one of those times I feel the need to vent. Monday afternoon (Dec. 11 — a very cold, blustery day) I was standing in the checkout line at our Dollar Tree store. As I glanced outdoors, I noticed a young couple approaching the entrance. The “mom” was carrying a little guy, ...

We aren’t using death penalty like intended

Letters to the Editor

This recent ruling by the San Francisco court acquitting that illegal alien of murder has got to be the most travesty of justice ever, and a complete disregard for the murder victim, as well as the country. Who was on that jury illegal aliens as they can drive and vote in that outlaw state? ...

A Star Wars, middle class Christmas

Letters to the Editor

Come Heller high water … ∫ People seem to either really love or hate "The Last Jedi." Me, I'm in the squishy middle, as I am with all Star Wars movies except the first. There were moments that were so incredibly Star-Warsy awful (many involving that damned round robot and its seeming ...

The wonder of this child

Editorials and columns

I found myself down on the floor, watching in amazement as one of my youngest grandchildren explored our living room. She’s nine months old and learning something new every day. She and her parents had just arrived from their travels home for Christmas. The moment she hit the floor, the ...

APS has good leadership with VanWagoner

Editorials and columns

Few of us would seek the responsibility of overseeing a school district these days in Michigan. Increasing state and federal rules and regulations, increased pressures from special interest groups on curriculum choices and the problems posed from the ever changing dynamics of the American ...

Alternate Christmas wish list

Editorials and columns

Have you heard what the hottest Christmas gift is this year? A corduroy pillow. It’s been making headlines. I read this joke while scrolling through Facebook one morning and have been retelling it ever since, laughing every time. It’s a fitting way to start this column. This time ...

Bullying of family is wrong

Editorials and columns

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ...

Christmas memories old and new

Editorials and columns

My favorite part about Christmas when I was a kid was being able to stay up late. On Christmas Eve our traditions have included celebrating my Grandma Pa’s birthday with a dinner, cake and ice cream. We usually alternated between my grandparent’s house and the neighbor’s house because ...

Americans deserve Congress passing tax bill

Editorials and columns

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this ...

Will Lansing force out MSU president?

Editorials and columns

House GOP Speaker Tom Leonard opened a real holiday can of worms with his out of the blue call for the president of Michigan State University to resign in the wake of the Dr. Larry Nassar sexual assault case that has engulfed the East Lansing campus. He's basically seen enough and ...