Opinion

Shutdown is all about Dems’ politics

Letters to the Editor

Don’t be misled by the chaos that is going on in the government shutdown. There is but one reason and one reason only that this obstruction is going on. It has nothing to do with illegal immigration, threats to our nation, who is right and who is wrong, or do we need the wall or the money to ...

When being wrong doesn’t mean you’re wrong

Editorials and columns

Let’s start this column with a crystal-clear disclaimer: If BuzzFeed was dead wrong about its explosive story last week that President Donald Trump had ordered his former attorney to lie to Congress, then the news site should retract its story and its mistake has done a great disservice to ...

Time for township to revisit blight rules

Letters to the Editor

Many citizens of Alpena Township have spoken and they have overwhelming rejected sections 4 and 5 of Blight Ordinance 135 (International Property Maintenance Code). There seems to be many reasons for their concerns. Legally, all of the rules were followed in the adoption of Ordinance ...

Thanks to township for reviewing ordinance

Editorials and columns

We appreciate Alpena Township officials and their willingness to further review an ordinance passed in December dealing with blight and property issues. The ordinance has drawn the ire of many and resulted in hundreds of area residents in attendance at a public hearing last week. In a ...

You get the society you pay for, folks

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ This is how shameful Michigan government has been the past 20 years: According to a new Michigan State University study, Michigan ranked last among states — last! — for total education revenue growth, spending 82 percent less by 2015 than we did in 1995. The ...

Medical marijuana can help patients in NE Michigan

Editorials and columns

In Michigan, marijuana and cannabis is legal. Local communities may opt-in for either medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, or both. Rural communities such as ours are rightfully considering support for medical marijuana dispensaries. Currently, patients with pain and seizures must drive ...

Responding to Bergman’s column on shutdown

Letters to the Editor

In a recent column, Rep. Jack Bergman pointed out there was a difference between our northern and southern borders. Yes, there is! We have people fleeing for their lives from dangerous countries on our south and we have people fleeing the USA on our north to Canada. Mr. Bergman said “we ...

Stay safe, snowmobilers

Editorials and columns

The state last weekend experienced its deadliest snowmobile crash weekend of the season. Five snowmobilers lost their lives in accidents in Gogebic, Luce, Alger and Kalkaska counties. The accident in Gogebic County claimed two lives. To date, nine snowmobilers have died in wrecks this ...

The value of arts education

Editorials and columns

When I graduated college, each senior in my department had to submit for commencement how, over their four years, they had utilized the university’s Open Curriculum, which encourages broad and diverse studies — and no core curriculum or distribution requirements, which encourages students ...

Stop parking in front of hospital doors

Letters to the Editor

I am tired of complaining, so I find it now necessary to try a new approach. I have complained to the once-called Alpena Regional Medical Center and now-called MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena regarding cars either parked or standing at the main entrance drive of the hospital reception ...

Gun industry ‘slump’ just more bias from AP

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena News Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 issue on Page 3A contained an article titled “Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry,” by Lisa Marie Pane of the Associated Press. The article states background checks for firearm sales in 2016 were 27.5 million and have only ...

When is a knife a concealed weapon?

Editorials and columns

The question this week was about pocket knives or knives you can legally carry on your belt. As taken directly from the email, “I was looking at buying a knife to carry. I was looking at the state laws regarding that, and they seem a little confusing. As far as I can tell, no concealed ...

Congratulations, Alpena athletes

Editorials and columns

In Wednesday’s edition of The News was a story from sports reporter Jonny Zawacki about basketball star Chris DeRocher earning the title of Alpena High School’s all-time top-scorer, with 1,436 points to his name. After 74 career varsity games, DeRocher broke the 47-year-old record set by ...

Shutdown threatens healthy food for kids

Editorials and columns

Kids are busy — trying to juggle school with family responsibilities, along with afterschool activities like sports, clubs or playing an instrument. And, at the end of the day, it seems like there’s always the much-dreaded homework. We know it takes time, effort and focus to do it ...

This community comes together for everyone

Editorials and columns

The News has been filled with features in the past week of the many ways residents of Alpena and Northeast Michigan come together — often to offer help to those who need it. In Saturday’s edition was the story of the various individuals and organizations who work to help inmates released ...

How we can grow the next Ron Winter

Editorials and columns

Ron Winter died a few weeks ago. A few days later, Steve Fletcher wrote a tribute to him. As Steve said, “We lost a giant this past week.” We sure did. Ron and I went to Alpena High School together. Though he was a couple years older, I remember him well. Ron stood out. His first wife, ...

Hold public meetings when the public can attend

Editorials and columns

Several times in recent weeks, members of the public have complained to their elected officials about the time meetings are scheduled and the advance notice —or lack thereof —that the public received about the meeting. Last month, it was Alpena Township’s decision to host a public ...

Take time to celebrate MLK Day

Editorials and columns

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a celebration of the birth of the civil rights activist who was murdered on April 4, 1968. The day, celebrated on the third Monday of every January, is now deeply ingrained in American culture. It’s a day off for federal and state government workers, ...

In Northeast Michigan, cold isn’t just cold

Editorials and columns

Does there come a certain point in the winter when the temperature doesn’t much matter? After all, cold is cold ... correct? You and I both know that isn’t true. Seventeen degrees feels quite different depending on whether there is any wind or not or what the humidity is at the time. A ...