Opinion

Matt Morgan will protect seniors

Letters to the Editor

GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are now pressing to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to pay for last year’s trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich. And yet, they propose another round of budget-busting tax cuts after November’s election. With perhaps the eldest ...

I’m picking Morgan, a full-time Michigander

Editorials and columns

As a homeowner, taxpayer and voter here in the 1st Congressional District, I think every voter must consider carefully the stark choice between Matt Morgan and Jack Bergman. My points are not just based on party affiliation. During my own 28 years in Congress, I waged and won 16 elections ...

Concerned about Conklin’s jurisprudence

Letters to the Editor

I have a concern about the jurisprudence of a lawyer running for Presque Isle County probate judge. When nominee for Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh strongly defended himself against wild accusations in the media of being a rapist, a Facebook meme with his likeness emerged that suggested ...

Allor doesn’t respect skilled trades workers

Letters to the Editor

As an operating engineer, I take pride in doing my part to build up northern Michigan by working on repairs to our roads, bridges and other infrastructure. It’s hard work, but it’s important. I know that thousands of my friends and neighbors depend on workers like me to do the job ...

Who’s behind Voters Not Politicians? 

Letters to the Editor

Who are the people behind Proposal 2? Changing the so-called gerrymandering of districts on the November ballot. I did a search on databases, state and federal level, and found nothing by that name. I found a committee on the Michigan Secretary of State site calling itself Michigan League of ...

Keep migrants safe, out of the U.S.

Editorials and columns

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

Change for probate judge = Denise Burke

Letters to the Editor

“Lackadaisical,” when Allan Frank used that word, he hit it on the head! Tom LaCross is by far the most lackadaisical judge I have worked with in my 36 years in four counties as a professional guardian. Unprofessional behaviors in court, screaming, yelling profanities, and refusing to hear ...

Kennedy misrepresented facts on Allor

Letters to the Editor

I read the letter from the 2016 Democratic nominee for state representative, Robert Kennedy. I was surprised to see him frame Sue Allor as insincere — practically a liar — when it comes to her position on our natural resources. I couldn’t disagree with him more! I looked into it, ...

Research needed before legalizing pot

Letters to the Editor

Current news/TV reports and ads are reporting addiction problems with cigarettes, vaping and the most current opioid crisis. These products were previously thought to be beneficial (opioids) or innocuous —science has since refuted this and we now have ads reporting the deadly effects of ...

LaCross does not give free passes in court

Letters to the Editor

As a law enforcement officer for 30-plus years, I have a keen interest in the criminal justice system. Therefore, I read with some interest the Oct. 16 article in The Alpena News about candidate Denise Burke’s reason for running agsint Judge Thomas LaCross. Her reason was due to some alleged ...

Morgan, Moore two peas in an extremist pod

Editorials and columns

It’s a curious thing to see a famous Hollywood documentary producer obsess over a single House race. But if you look closely at filmmaker Michael Moore’s support for the Democratic nominee from Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, Matt Morgan, it makes much more sense. The Hollywood ...

Please carefully consider your vote Nov. 6

Letters to the Editor

Do you realize if there is a break in Line 5, we are Ground Zero? Economically, environmentally and personally the 106th state House District would be devastated. Why wasn’t Line 5 shut down until they developed a better solution? Even with the new proposal, we are left at risk for years to ...

Let’s talk about Rep. Sue Allor’s record

Letters to the Editor

Can we just chat a bit about Sue Allor? What is wrong with our current political climate that we cannot see good representation when it’s right in front of us? Have we become so tribal that we cannot recognize that Sue Allor perfectly envelops our region’s political leanings. She won over ...

Learning the lessons of surrender in fall

Editorials and columns

Every autumn, I am reminded of the importance of acceptance and surrender. So often, as human beings, considering our place at the top of the food chain, we often believe the world is within our control and therefore should be shaped to fit our specific desires. While we certainly do carve our ...

US should not aid those aiding immigrant caravan

Editorials and columns

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

SOS candidates and tax hikes

Editorials and columns

In the good government circles here in town, the no-tax pledge is considered to be the highest form of political pandering for votes. You know the promise: If elected I will never vote to raise your taxes. All stripes of office seeks have raised their right hand to that but up until now it ...

Officer’s message needed to be heard

Editorials and columns

Columbus, Ohio, police Officer Peter Casuccio made headlines this week after telling an 11-year-old the boy was lucky to be alive. Good for Casuccio for doing what the lad’s parents should have. Casuccio was on patrol last Saturday when he received a call about two youngsters brandishing ...

Parking can be a town’s first impression

Editorials and columns

When I travel to a town, one barometer that helps form my impression of that community is its parking arrangements. There are some places I like to travel to and visit because parking generally isn’t much of a problem. Lansing and Traverse City are two places that come to mind as being ...