Opinion

Headlee override will not fix mismanagement

Letters to the Editor

Alcona County’s negative approach to financial crisis should not scare voters into passing a Headlee override. Threats of job loss, reducing this and that, should be replaced with a “Positive $800,000 Plan.” Voters need to be informed of what is or is not happening within Alcona County ...

‘Fake news’ claims are hogwash, ridiculous

Letters to the Editor

In response to Mr. Leow’s letter published on Saturday (“The [Alpena] News’ reliance on AP wire makes it fake news”), here’s my opinion. First, many people are sick and tired of hearing those hackneyed expressions “fake news” and “make America great again.” Good bumper ...

School year means bus lights law reminder

Editorials and columns

As the school year ended this past spring, here at the post we were still dealing with a number of complaints in regards to vehicles disregarding school bus lights. With the start of another school year right around the corner, this topic will certainly come up again. Apparently, people still ...

On smiling, easy decisions made harder

Editorials and columns

As I grow older, I find myself making decisions of less importance. It’s not that I used to make that many important decisions — I didn’t. It’s just that those few important decisions I now make seem less important than the important ones I used to make. I also make decisions of ...

Picking the right running mate

Editorials and columns

The popular wisdom is that nobody votes for governor based on the running mate. Yet the popular wisdom also warns that the pick of a lt. governor should “do no harm to the ticket.” At this early read it’s fair to say it’s a little fuzzy as to whether Bill Schuette broke that rule ...

In Michigan ‘can you hear me now?’

Editorials and columns

I figure Pete must have been smiling. Wednesday Gov. Rick Snyder was in Escanaba promoting the expansion of broadband internet access to all corners of rural Michigan. Sometimes though the interesting aspect of news isn’t what actually is said - instead it lies with what wasn’t said. ...

Thank, don’t criticize MSP in PI County

Letters to the Editor

Being a resident of Presque Isle County, I am writing in support of the Michigan State Police presence in our county. We need to thank all of our law officers that serve our area. They help to keep it a safe place to live and enjoy our many activities. When you see a police car on the road, ...

Mi. job stats are encouraging

Editorials and columns

The latest Michigan jobless numbers were released this week and with it, both good and bad news. The good news is the jobless rate in Michigan as of July was at its lowest point since 2000, standing at 4.3 percent. In December of 2000 the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. The bad news is ...

The News’ reliance on AP wire makes it fake news

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena News followed the Boston Globe’s lead in the Thursday, Aug. 16 editorial in trying to defend the press in this country. The editorial quotes Sen. Debbie Stab-u-now, which pretty much discredits the whole editorial right there. As long as The Alpena News relies on the Associated ...

Produce event a huge success run with kindness

Letters to the Editor

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, Alcona Health Center, in cooperation with the Michigan Food Bank, provided fresh produce at no cost to all citizens of Alpena. The event was a huge success, with over 200 people in line to get the best of what our local farmers had to offer. All of the people that ...

We stand for the First Amendment, defend the truth

Editorials and columns

The First Amendment — free speech and freedom of the press — is more important than ever before. So said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow as she sat with Alpena News editors this week during a visit to Northeast Michigan. Stabenow, in discussing civility in politics and the tone in ...

Take time to try new things, even scary ones

Editorials and columns

Sometimes I agree to do something before thinking it all the way through. My mom is likely chuckling right now because she probably recalls telling me repeatedly as a child, “Think before you speak.” It has been good for me in many ways, though, because it keeps my life adventurous and ...

Dispelling common myths, moving forward

Editorials and columns

Since taking this position with the Convention & Visitors Bureau more than five years ago, there are a handful of recurring myths we address for visitors and local residents. Where these myths came from or how they continue to be perpetuated is unknown. Myth 1: Northeast Michigan has ...

Space Force is silly, but points to a flaw

Editorials and columns

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

On the wall: The swamp strikes again

Editorials and columns

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Hunters will adjust to the new bait ban

Editorials and columns

A new day has dawned for Michigan hunters. Action taken by state Natural Resources Commission members Thursday means that 2018 will be the last hunting season where hunters in the Lower Peninsula can hunt over bait. Beginning Jan. 31 of next year, only hunters who are disabled will be ...