Opinion

Be responsible when hunting in the woods

Letters to the Editor

My husband came home from his evening hunt. As always I asked if he'd seen anything. He said that a small buck came out. He knew something was wrong. The deer turned his way. Its jaw was shot off. That was upsetting enough. Then he said, "It'll probably starve to death." This story of wounded ...

Area shows its giving spirit again

Editorials and columns

Thank you Northeast Michigan for your generous hearts. At a time when people are rushing here and there to make their Christmas purchases, it was nice last week to pause for Giving Tuesday — a time for our philanthropic spirit to be displayed during the holiday season. And boy was it ...

Words prove Alpena is a great place to live

Letters to the Editor

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” These words reached out and grabbed me. They were at the end of an article, in the Alpena News, 11-29-17, on 5B. It was written by Carolyn Thompson. These words can be used by anyone and can be the backbone for all of us. This makes me ...

Enbridge deal not a very good one for Michigan

Editorials and columns

There are, at minimum, three major red flags in Gov. Snyder's announcement last week of a deal with Enbridge over its 64-year-old Line 5 oil and gas pipe running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The first is that when government doesn't want to do something about a problem (in this case, ...

Middle class isn’t going to benefit from cuts

Letters to the Editor

It came as no surprise that you support the Republican tax bill. You are as predictable as the sunrise over Thunder Bay. But it is dishonest to withhold some inconvenient facts from your readers. For instance, the tax cut for the middle class is scheduled to expire in five to 10 years ...

Preserving history at Evergreen Cemetery

Letters to the Editor

My uncle James was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in 1916. Since that time our family has purchased five lots. Visiting those gravesites heightens our sense of loss about the iron fence that was erected in 1907 and taken down last April. My research friends are still dismayed over the loss, and ...

Powering up

Editorials and columns

We were in the middle of our usual morning scramble to get ready for school when the lights blinked. Blink, blink ... and then the house went dark. We scurried around, gathering candles and tripping over cats and adjusting to this new wrinkle in the day. Alerts on our phones reported that ...

Great news with airport reaching 10,000 enplanements

Editorials and columns

Pop the cork on the bottle of champagne Northeast Michigan! Thanks to the support of residents around the region, the Alpena County Regional Airport has surpassed the 10,000 enplanement threshold, thus entitling the airport to a $1 million subsidy from the Federal Aviation Administration. ...

UN empire ineffective as a peace keeper

Editorials and columns

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past several ...

Understanding economic development

Editorials and columns

I have been on the economic development board since 2007. Much has progressed and changed since then but two things that have remained constant are talk at the board level about a general misunderstanding of what economic development consists of and about how that leads to a constant battle ...

Justice should re-examine Clinton probe

Editorials and columns

Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok has been pulled out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in our election, it was revealed during the weekend. Strzok reportedly was involved in an exchange of text messages that showed bias against ...

A few of my favorite things

Editorials and columns

I once had someone cut me off mid-sentence and tell me I sounded like a commercial for Alpena. Considering that it is my job to sell the community to attract overnight visitors, I wasn’t offended by the comment. Talking about the positive things happening and the great resources we enjoy as ...

Suspense ends about Calley running

Editorials and columns

Finally, he's in. After the longest cat and mouse game with the media over whether he would run for governor, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley ended the game by announcing he is and in one of his first comments on the campaign trail he proudly announced, "I hate politics!" Come again. A guy who ...

Enbridge agreement a small step in the right direction

Editorials and columns

We suppose the agreement announced this week between Michigan officials and Enbridge regarding oil transportation through Line 5 in the Straits is a step in the right direction. If that’s true, however, consider it a baby step. In our estimation a lot more needs done by Enbridge to assure ...

Tell senators not to vote yes on new tax bill

Letters to the Editor

The basic function of government has always been to collect taxes and then use that money to provide protection and services to us. That is why it is important to keep track of who pays the taxes and who gets the services. The Republican Congress is in the process of trying to pass a ...

Plenty of potential ballot issues in 2018

Editorials and columns

Usually every four years in Michigan it is a governor’s race that drives voter turnout to the polls in November. While that certainly should hold true again next year, there might be another reason that is just as much on voters’ minds — in fact there could be as many as eight of them ...

Can we stop sexual harassment?

Editorials and columns

With each new revelation of sexual misconduct by a powerful man, I ask myself, “When will this end?” How is it that so many men have behaved piggishly — illegally — and the women they abused remained silent for fear that the humiliation they endured would only be worse if they came ...

Russian hands and Roman fingers

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … Matt Lauer? Garrison Keillor? Jeez, who's next — Tom Hanks? Tom Brokaw? Bernie Sanders? Homer Simpson? Mr. Rogers? Prince Harry? Bill Nye the Science Guy? Capt. Kangaroo? Santa Claus? I mean, come on, aren't we at the point where it would be more efficient to ...