Opinion

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 ...

Bipartisan effort made new Soo lock a reality

Editorials and columns

Important improvements to the Soo Locks became closer to reality this week after President Donald Trump authorized funding for the $922 million project. And, we have our former state senator, John Moolenaar (now a U.S. congressman), and current Congressman Jack Bergman — both Republicans ...

Some suggestions for the Nov. 6 ballot

Letters to the Editor

Over the past 10 years, I’ve served in various positions on the Alpena County Republican Party’s Executive Committee. Additionally, I am serving my sixth year as chairman of the 1st Congressional District Republican Committee, which covers the entire Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan. ...

Being so polite you end up rude

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Perhaps this belongs in an edition of my occasional column called “Crabby Andy,’ but is over-politeness, just like rudeness, on the rise? I’ve had these two interactions more times than I can count recently: 1) I’m schlumping slowly down the stairs of a ...

It is time to retire, Rep. Jack Bergman

Letters to the Editor

Rep. Jack Bergman is asking for your vote to return him to Washington. Let’s look at what he’s done while he was there in his first term. He voted against demanding that President Donald Trump release his past tax forms, a move that would have asked for simple transparency into his ...

Women’s Club column slanderous, unfair

Letters to the Editor

I feel compelled to write in response to the editorial written by Anna Mouser and published in the Oct. 24 edition of The Alpena News. Anna Mouser is the president of the Bay Area Republican Women’s Club. Really? Bay Area? OK ... she is “representing all Republican Women’s Clubs of ...

Protect our Great Lakes, be wary of plan

Letters to the Editor

We the people should be suspect of Gov. Rick Snyder ignoring the concerns of his self-appointed pipeline committee, and the thousands of responses from citizens, per the state’s request, in dealing with Canada’s Enbridge to concoct a scheme to construct a tunnel under our Straits of ...

Krawczak’s column wasn’t interesting

Letters to the Editor

I’m trying to be less critical, more accepting. But, Jackie Krawczak’s Oct. 11 “column” offends me as someone who reads and writes professionally. She evinces so little regard for her readers—and for the Alpena News, which is giving her space—that it takes one’s breath ...

Kudos to all of the local writers, The News

Letters to the Editor

It is amazing that Alpena has so many talented people to contribute their time to writing columns for The Alpena News and its readers. The breadth of knowledge and insight that they provide is remarkable. While I don’t always agree with all of the topics and opinions raised, I appreciate the ...

Democracy dies in ‘deliberate ignorance’

Letters to the Editor

My mother and father, like most parents, taught me not to lie. However, they forgot to teach me one other important lesson. It is also important to teach “truth listening.” As an American citizen, it is not only important to tell the truth, but to be responsible for what we hear and read. ...

Disappointed in lack of emergency doctors

Letters to the Editor

I was horrified to see that in the 2018 Medical Directory that came with Wednesday’s newspaper, there was not a single physician listed under the category of Emergency Medicine. When I joined the Alpena General Hospital medical staff in 1989, the emergency department was staffed by a full ...

Gov. Rick Snyder’s Line 5 deal is sneaky

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Rick Snyder plans to sign a deal on Line 5: 1) giving Enbridge the OK to construct a tunnel (encasing Line 5 and other utility cables) under the Straits of Mackinac; and, 2) transferring ownership to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA). The problem: The MBA was not involved in crafting ...

Questioning state’s deer warning

Letters to the Editor

Your readers have been made aware of the warning from officials of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health and Human Services: DO NOT EAT MEAT FROM ANY DEER TAKEN WITHIN FIVE MILES OF CLARK’S MARSH IN OSCODA TOWNSHIP. Twenty deer from the impacted area ...

You have an anger problem

Editorials and columns

“Do you have an anger problem?” That’s the title of a chapter in a book written by David Powlison called “Good and Angry.” Cleverly, the chapter is only one word long: “Yes!” That’s all it says. The truth is, I think we all do have an anger problem to some extent. It’s just ...

The real-life truth of ‘Elizabethtown’

Editorials and columns

“Elizabethtown, a romantic tragicomedy film (a messy, but accurate description of its genre) directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, is not considered any of the three’s great, or at least noteworthy, works. That may be an understatement — the film received ...

Vote for change, vote for Burke

Letters to the Editor

I am writing not against the current Judge, but for the candidate Denise Burke for Alpena County probate judge. For many of you with good memories with local politics, I must confess that Denise and I have been foes for many years. She ran for Alpena County prosecutor twice whilst I was working ...

Go slow for ghouls

Editorials and columns

With all the ghosts and goblins “out and about” beginning this evening with Alpena’s Trunk-or-Treat events downtown, we urge motorists to drive extra carefully in the days ahead. With the National Weather Service indicating a chance of just about everything — rain, snow and sun over ...