Opinion

In response to question on border wall’s need

Letters to the Editor

The most salient omission from this letter to the editor (”Do we need a wall at the southern border?”, published Jan. 12) is a critical analysis of what is presented by the author as factual data. The illicit drugs seized at legal U.S. ports of entry, for example, are quantifiable because ...

May God lead this nation to Him for forgiveness

Letters to the Editor

With reference to this year’s March for Life, noting 46 years since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by our Supreme Court legalizing abortion, syndicated columnist Star Parker writes in her article printed on the Commentary page of The Alpena News for Jan. 18, 2019: “There is little doubt in ...

Plummeting unemployment something to smile about

Editorials and columns

Alpena’s unemployment rate in December was 3.9 percent. At least one local official, Alpena Economic Development Director Jim Klarich, was pretty excited by that accomplishment. In his latest area economic update to financial backers, he writes, “The last time it was that low was in ...

Baffled by treatment of Nassar victims

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ One true thing: If you want to start a heated debate, tell people you like or hate traffic circles. They’re all over Michigan now and there’s no middle ground on them. Personally, I like them. That’s your cue to write me an angry email. ∫ John Engler ...

Come to the table, Democrats

Editorials and columns

For those of us who call the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan home, the discussion around border security is often different than what we see on the nightly news. The challenges for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement in the Soo vary ...

Thank you for our ice tree

Editorials and columns

Not surprisingly in this cold weather, Alpena’s Ice Tree is back and growing. If temperatures remain frigid through the weekend, as forecasters are predicting, we expect that, by next week, the tree will have grown quite a bit. The Ice Tree, courtesy of State Street Car Wash owner Wayne ...

Don’t be afraid to be the newbie

Editorials and columns

While at the gym recently, I was looking around the room, observing. It is one way I learn ideas for new exercises. It wasn’t long before I found myself thinking about the difference in levels of fitness in the room. I started thinking about how everyone in that room got there through a ...

Building boom is good news for Alpena

Editorials and columns

In Wednesday’s edition of The News, Steve Schulwitz reported on the banner year for construction activity in Alpena and Alpena Township. In Alpena, Building Official Don Gilmet said $18.2 million in construction is underway now, compared to only $5.3 million in 2017. In the township, ...

We should all work in politics

Editorials and columns

I once fancied a career in politics. I watched every presidential speech broadcast on network television. I studied the requirements of being a presidential speechwriter. I looked into the experience necessary to be a member of the Senate or House. I toured the state Capitol, and met with ...

Kudos to the film festival’s salvation

Editorials and columns

Disagreements in Washington over a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border threatened a film festival in Northeast Michigan, but our giving community has saved it. Most of the five-day festival was going to be hosted by the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary at the Great Lakes ...

Tell APS what you want

Editorials and columns

The time is fast approaching for the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education to make a decision about whether or not it will seek a property tax increase to fund the sale of bonds for renovations to school buildings throughout the district. For months, the board has considered a project ...

Superintendents in a tough spot on snow days

Editorials and columns

If you get a job interview with me at some point, there is a good chance one of the questions I am going to ask is, “If you could be doing any job in the world right now, what would your dream job be?” As for me, when I grow up, I want to be a meteorologist in Michigan. Tell me, at what ...

Do we need a wall at the southern border?

Letters to the Editor

As a Michigan teacher, I remember migrants coming every fall to pick produce. They were welcomed and schools provided bilingual services to their children. “Illegal” or legal wasn’t discussed. We needed these good workers. A friend was the accountant for a landscaping company. Their ...

The point of these commentary pages

Editorials and columns

Today, a chief tenet of journalism is objectivity. Reporters strive to tell all sides of a story and give every player in a storyline the chance have their say. That wasn’t always the case. The forefathers of newspapering launched their publications not as fair arbiters of the day’s ...

Please, take seizures in dogs seriously

Letters to the Editor

A local family in Alpena is devastated this week after being told by multiple vets that seizures are not fatal to dogs. The family called the early morning of Jan. 2 after their young dog, Keno age 2, had five seizures. The on-call doctor seemed unconcerned and said the seizures were not ...

Gov. Whitmer, don’t forget us

Editorials and columns

Once again, northern Michigan is left out. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s transition team announced Friday a series of “meet-and-greets” by the governor and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist over the next several weeks. The events, being called “Whitmer Winter Warmups,” will be held in ...

Rationally optimistic in the new year

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ My whole life, it’s taken me three months each January to stop thinking it was still the old year. This year, I immediately started writing 2019 on checks (yes, I still write a few of those) and saying 2019 when I’m talking about ... 2019. What I can’t ...

Things that go bump in the night

Editorials and columns

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 It was winter, that’s for sure. All was peaceful when we left for an Illinois getaway the weekend of New Year’s Eve. The roads were clear and a little fluff of snow ...

Thank you for showing the spirit of Christmas

Editorials and columns

This morning, know that, because of you, 600 area residents were able to enjoy and experience Christmas a few weeks ago. Thanks to your generosity, every time you passed a red kettle and shared some of your wealth, all 600 people who sought aid from the Salvation Army this year received help ...