Opinion

Chapter and verses

Editorials and columns

In the Catholic Lectionary for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, which is this Sunday, Nov. 5, the Gospel reading is Matthew 23:1-12. Within those verses Jesus states, “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.” (Matt 23:9) Catholics are sometimes criticized for ...

The real threat to America’s democracy

Letters to the Editor

Countering Rudy Bauer's recent communication: In this year's "Thirty Days of Peace" season, the Oct. 3 presentation of Richard Wolfe's "Rethinking Capitalism" was a refreshing opposing view to reactionary, neoliberal economic propaganda currently dominating both right-wing parties, ...

Supporting VanDuinen for municipal council

Letters to the Editor

I was rather impressed by Thomas VanDuinen during his appearance at the community forum for city council candidates. He was the voice of reason and small government in a race that was caught up in expanding government. His points on the water rates, the war on drugs, and on government spending ...

An example of what happens with cooperation

Letters to the Editor

What happens when a diverse group of Americans put their heads together for the common good? Let's take a look. The IRS, the United States Air Force, the DNR, the village of Frederic, Posen Fire Department, Byron Township, City of Alpena, Alpena Township, Presque Isle County, Midland Fire, ...

The law when it comes to littering

Editorials and columns

A citizen sent me the following question: “I was driving on M-32 near Hillman when a passenger in the car in front of me tossed a bag from a fast-food restaurant out the window. This enraged me, so I tried memorizing the license plate number at least long enough to contact law enforcement. ...

The power, beauty and knowledge of a poem

Editorials and columns

Do you miss the satisfaction of hands-on experiences performed in a natural setting? Would you rather forgo digital events whose webs are not so easily wiped away? In your affluence are you acquiring new when you know the serviceable old will yet do? Are you thinking a return to a ...

The millage for a new jail is not a boondoggle

Letters to the Editor

Re David Welton’s recent letter on the proposed cost for the new jail: Setting aside his apparent surprise that an annual assessment of $912,593.00 somehow magically becomes $18.2 million over the course of 20 years (Math can be tricky like that.), one wonders exactly how much Mr. Welton ...

Clinton’s claims may have backfired on her

Editorials and columns

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

The role of state board of ed

Editorials and columns

The state board of education is the Rodney Dangerfield of state government; it can't get no (sic) respect. In fact the lack of respect is so bad, there's a move afoot to send it to the political graveyard without a proper burial. The framers of the 1963 Michigan Constitution decided that ...

Opinion page columnists take a left turn

Letters to the Editor

You know, dear Readers, those of you who put the best construction on things, what President Trump was saying to the widow of that hero husband of hers was, in effect, "Your husband, even though he knew of the dangers to himself, went into that battle anyway. What a hero he was." But, no, ...

Don’t be caught unaware; tour jail, vote yes

Letters to the Editor

If you are planning to vote no on the new jail, think again. If you have not toured our current facility, do not vote until you do. If you are voting no because of the addition of the DDA (Downtown Development Association) understand that this has been a part of every public building you have ...

Getting some of the Angry Andy

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … It's been more than three weeks since the Las Vegas slaughter. So is now the right time to have that talk we were all promised about gun control? Congress ... hello? Mr. President ... knock-knock, are you there? Just as I thought. Once again we fell for the old ...

Invest county’s money to build the future

Letters to the Editor

When I ran for office and was asked about the county jail, I thought it was an issue that needed a careful head to wade through. While lawsuits are something that should be avoided, at the same time political entrepreneurship should be avoided too, thus my mixed answer during the campaign. I ...

County in need of new jail, so vote yes

Letters to the Editor

I would like to support a new jail and preface my support from citizens who are supporting a new fail facility also. Kenneth Oke: “Our old jail has had its day and must be replaced.” Kathy Froggett: “I toured the jail, overcrowding issues and health concerns left me unsettled.” Alpena ...

Damaged mural should be replaced

Editorials and columns

Shock. Sadness. Tears. It was an emotional day for many Tuesday as people learned that the 3D fish mural at the Chisholm Street pocket park had been ripped apart, taking much of the brick wall of The Local Basket Case with it. Alpena Building Official Don Gilmet said several things ...