Opinion

The plan for area artwork

Editorials and columns

I hold in high regard the people who see a need, and jump in to address it rather than waiting for, or expecting someone else to take care of it. Even more impressive are the people who go about that kind of work quietly and don’t do it for attention or the recognition. Seemingly ...

UN barely better than thugs it appoints

Editorials and columns

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and ...

October 31 in a small town

Editorials and columns

Halloween is in my top 10 list of things I love about living in a small town. Growing up in the country, trick-or-treating was a social occasion. Trick-or-treating by foot across the countryside meant you could visit maybe four houses before dark. So, we trick-or-treated by car. My parents ...

People like Wright are IS recruitment targets

Editorials and columns

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

The bonus that stirred up Lansing

Editorials and columns

The phone rang last week from a deeply embedded long-time source in the state bureaucracy. "Did you know the state Civil Rights Commission has given a $24,700 bonus to the executive director?" Of course, the reporter did not. "They did it during a closed-door meeting and I thought you ...

Submit your recipes for the News’ cookbook

Letters to the Editor

A reader favorite is returning back to The Alpena News in December. At that time home subscribers will enjoy “A Taste of Northeast Michigan” — the first cookbook that newspaper staff have tackled in three years. Supervised by Lifestyles Editor Diane Speer, again this year the ...

Farmers market deserves community support

Letters to the Editor

Recently we shopped at the final outdoor Farmers Market for the season. As we walked around the market we had an appreciation for how lucky Alpena is to have an active and vibrant market. Our market is truly an asset to the community. Not only does the community strongly support the market, ...

Print still has a place, role in our lives

Editorials and columns

No, I didn’t walk two miles uphill with no shoes on to school. But, “back in the day” when I was growing up the closest thing to today’s Internet probably was the U.S. Mail. As a youngster obviously I was not caring at all about the bills the postal carrier might bring with him to the ...

In support of National Red Ribbon Week

Letters to the Editor

Up North Prevention supports “National Red Ribbon Week” Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention awareness campaign observed each year in October across the United States. The mission of the Red Ribbon campaign is to demonstrate personal ...

Sci-fi gives a grim look for future

Editorials and columns

I just watched "Blade Runner 2049" and loved it. But I have a question: Why are almost all movies about the future relentlessly grim (movie critics prefer the word "dystopian" because movie critics like you to think they're smart by using big words when little words will do, but to save you ...

A jail alternative for northern communities

Letters to the Editor

There has been a lot of talk about supporting a new Jail. I feel it is time to think outside the box. I'm sure that several of the smaller Northern Communities all have the same issue. No space, old buildings, needed repairs, etc. I feel we should use our energy in looking to solve the issue ...

Did bridge work have role in collapse

Letters to the Editor

I read in this morning's News that insurance won't cover the repairs to the North Riverside Park Boardwalk. The City says that it was caused by erosion of the ground below it. I would think that having the fourth wettest Spring on record aggravated the erosion problem but I haven't seen that ...

Believe in God’s grace

Editorials and columns

In his book, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace, James Montgomery Boice wrote, "When the Reformers like Martin Luther spoke about 'grace alone' (sola gratia), they were saying that sinners have no claim upon God whatsoever. None at all. Instead, God owes them nothing but punishment for ...

Journaling still a trend?

Editorials and columns

Thinking back to elementary/early middle school, I can count on one hand of journals I had filled with my chicken scratch of handwriting from the first page, to the last. In the process of helping my mother move, I found these long lost old friends. I couldn’t believe how much things had ...

Alpena to play role in Mars mission

Editorials and columns

In September of 2000 Johnathan Rand had published the fourth installment in his best selling Michigan Chillers series - Aliens Attack Alpena. It was a story of two local children - Mark and Meghan - who stumble across an alien spaceship that crashed in the woods after a meteor streaked across ...

We need a new jail that can handle test of time

Letters to the Editor

Our old jail has had its day. Now we must replace it, to lock up those who break our laws. It must be well-built to stand the test of time. The building might not be the lowest bidder. We want the job done on time and on budget. Like the $100 million dollar bridge on I-75, on time and under ...

News coverage of two-way traffic should be applauded

Letters to the Editor

Thank you so much for your newspaper’s coverage of the ill-fated attempts by City Council to impose two-lane traffic without consulting the businesses or residents most affected. How fortunate that sitting council member Susan Neilsen came to her senses and changed her vote! I applaud ...

Not pleased with the speaker for 30 Days of Peace

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 3, I attended on of the 30 Days of Peace programs titled, Rethinking Capitalism — DVD and Discussion. The slogan for these programs was Peace in Our Hands. The presentation was by Richard D. Wolff, an American Marxian economist well known for his work on Marian economies, economics ...

The necessity of a new jail for Alpena

Letters to the Editor

The necessity of a new jail I am writing this letter in support of the millage to construct a new county jail. This is perhaps the most important community question we have embraced in many years. Not a week goes by where I am not in touch with the jail on overcrowding situations. Today’s ...