Opinion

Nassar fiasco not over yet for MSU

Editorials and columns

It's not over 'til it's over. The fat lady may be warming up, but she has not sung. Pick your favorite cliche and apply it to the Larry Nassar story at MSU because even though there is a humongous financial settlement with 332 survivors, this story is a long way from being over. There ...

Kudos to Stamas, Allor for efforts in naming highway

Editorials and columns

State. Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland and former State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, were good friends. Thus, when Stamas had the opportunity to honor his former colleague, he jumped at the opportunity. This week a bill he sponsored in the Senate that would designate a portion of US-23 in ...

Headline on story inexcusable, disgraceful

Letters to the Editor

The headline on the front page of your 11 May edition was inexcusable. There was no need for a headline that was more suited to the National Enquirer than the Alpena News. Yours is a regional newspaper that is read by families all over Northern Michigan. Your editorial judgment failed and in ...

Hillman serves as lesson on millages

Editorials and columns

There are valuable lessons to be learned from this month’s defeat of a Hillman Community Schools request for a sinking fund millage. The measure was defeated by just seven votes. Every vote matters, take nothing for granted and promote, promote and then promote some more all would be ...

MSU wrong to put Nassar payout on taxpayers, students

Editorials and columns

Here's a headline that ought to make your blood boil: "MSU's $500M payout could mean tuition hike, using taxpayer money." The reference is to the lawsuit settlement between the university and the 332 victims (to date) of serial molester and former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was ...

Pentecost

Editorials and columns

For Christians, this Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost when, 50 days after Passover, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples of Jesus who were huddled together in a house in Jerusalem. The account of what happened on Pentecost that we are familiar with comes from the Acts of the Apostles ...

An appropriate thank you for their sacrifices

Editorials and columns

Gratitude can take on many forms. One such display — painting the crosses at Little Flanders Field — occurred this week. Volunteers from the Michigan State Police, Home Depot and Marine Corps League #1327 joined forces in an emotional act of service that honored the community’s ...

Trump should stay the course with Kim

Editorials and columns

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his ...

Operating while intoxicated on watercraft

Editorials and columns

With the ice off all the inland lakes here in Northern Michigan, boating enthusiast and fishermen will be making their presence. With those hobbies sometimes comes the use of alcohol. I was asked to explain what the difference in the use of alcohol is between a vehicle on the roadway and a ...

Don’t take Kim at his word

Editorials and columns

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Legend of Bronco Bill Brousseau

Editorials and columns

It quickly became evident that telling the tale of Bronco Bill Brousseau was beyond the ability of any one man, a team approach would be required. Here’s why: The Detroit Free Press printed a full page spread on Bronco, picture and all, in its Sunday, Nov. 10, 1957, edition. The Article, ...

Candidates hold first debates

Editorials and columns

A rare treat last week as voters and the political media got not one but two extended looks at the candidates running for governor and if you watched the WOOD-TV debate good for you and if you read about the appearance in front of about 150 newspaper editors, another good for you. But alas, ...

Hillman left looking for a new plan

Editorials and columns

It's back to the drawing board for Hillman Community Schools after Tuesday's election as the sinking fund millage request failed, 273-266. Seven votes separated Hillman from a fund for making building repairs, installing a security system and implementing upgrades to help the learning ...

Support economic development in region

Letters to the Editor

Part of the history of my business has been to endeavor to share in community functions, financially and physically, and to encourage others to do the same. I'm pleased to be on the Board of Directors for our local economic development Board. My business, Lappan Agency, Inc., is also a ...

Colbeck is a man of principle for Michigan

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Patrick Colbeck who is running for Governor came to Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena for a Meet and Greet. A firestorm broke out in Michigan in the Media regarding his comments made about the threat of Islam (Muslim Brotherhood) in our state. It made national news. The record needs to be set ...

Cost of amusement park a real eye-opener

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ This is probably about the most obvious thing I've ever written, but, holy cow, are the theme parks in Orlando expensive. I hadn't been to one in 25 years. Back then, it cost an arm and a leg. This time it cost an arm, a leg and all of the arms and legs of the ...

Protect your brain, delay and prevent dementia

Letters to the Editor

For families and physicians caring for the elderly, memory impairment — ranging from benign forgetfulness to clinical dementia including Alzheimer's disease — can be frustrating. Moderate dementia symptoms targeting Activities of Daily Living can be reduced for at least six months by ...

Kudos and good luck to ACC grads

Editorials and columns

Alpena Community College has sent a new batch of graduates into the world following Thursday's commencement. This was the 65th graduating class for the college. A community college is a true measure of the community, with stories as varied as there are students. In Thursday's edition of The ...

It will change you if you let it

Editorials and columns

It will if you let it. I most often say it to myself, but occasionally, I say it to others too. I said it recently in response to a person who was complaining about how irritating certain posts on social media were. I thought he was going to tell me the posts about politics were annoying, or ...