Opinion

Let’s use common sense

Editorials and columns

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year's feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity ...

Law on school bus flashing lights

Editorials and columns

With the start of another school year, this topic comes up again: School buses and vehicles running the flashing lights on stops where kids are getting on the buses. It has been brought to our attention at the Michigan State Police Alpena Post that people still do not have a clear ...

Al-Shabab must be brought to justice

Editorials and columns

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such ...

Always enjoy visit of coming back home

Letters to the Editor

On a recent visit to Alpena to attend a baby shower and visit family, I always enjoy the city I was raised in. My experience when touring Alpena and seeing changes to the city, my heart longs for days past. The majestic trees that lined State St. , the beaches, schools no longer there and ...

Looking for other avenues for a new jail

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 ...

Is God really in charge of the weather?

Letters to the Editor

In response to Marlin Goebel’s letter in Saturday’s paper, leaving aside that most of the letter is an advertisement for the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (one would have thought that the Earth, with its fossil record dating back billions of years, was a creation museum): How do recent ...

Truth found in the smells from a live auction

Editorials and columns

“All animals auctioned by 100 pound weight except goats or as announced.” (Notice at Northern Michigan Livestock Auction) This notice reminds me of the one posted by The Hat Creek Cattle Company in the novel, Lonesome Dove: “For sale — Cattle and Horses. For rent — Horses and ...

EPA could care less about a small town

Editorials and columns

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Let’s get to know each other better

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for your letter. I appreciate you're concerned for your future and your grandchildren. So am I - both of ours. It's why I am running. You asked about how giving kids glasses helps the working class. Well, kids with glasses can see the board. If they can see the board, they can ...

A letter directed to Congressman Bergman

Letters to the Editor

As a U.S. House Representative, you are sworn to protect and uphold the health and welfare of the people of the United States. Given the extreme standoff between the leader of North Korea and our President, we are experiencing, once again, as we did 55 years ago (The Cuban Missle Crisis), the ...

Perhaps a bill for services rendered is appropriate

Editorials and columns

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to ...

The Flint water saga continues

Editorials and columns

The vast majority of those who play the political game are control freaks. They figure if you can avoid unforeseen issues and just deal with the ones you want to resolve, life would be relatively simple. While every modern day governor has hoped for total control, they soon learn, as Gov. ...

A fitting tribute to Pettalia

Editorials and columns

Honoring former State Rep. Peter Pettalia with a portion of US-23 named after him seems like a great idea. The section of highway that would be named in his honor would run between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway. “Naming part of that route through Pete’s home county is a fitting tribute ...

Some ideas to improve Alpena’s traffic flow

Letters to the Editor

One of my favorite small town business districts is in St. Joseph, Mich. Its main street is not on a state or U.S. highway. The street is paved with bumpy bricks and the businesses thrive. Visitors need time to slow down and gawk so as to find a place to eat or shop. They don't need a ...

County in need of our support for new jail

Letters to the Editor

Please join me in support for the bond issue that will finance the replacement of the Alpena County Jail. I have visited this facility and found it is in deplorable shape. The jail is outdated, beyond normal repair and maintenance, and will never comply with code. The Alpena area has seen ...

A relief effort to make everyone proud

Editorials and columns

Good news is healthy for the soul. When that news is about the company you work for, it makes it even more enjoyable. This week my spirits were lifted after I learned about a special fundraising project recently conducted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to aid hurricane relief efforts in Puerto ...

Everything old makes me hip again

Editorials and columns

My adult kids like to tell me I'm old and not very hip. But as usual they're wrong, and I have evidence in the form of the book "The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter," published earlier this year by David Sax. I could kiss this man. His book is all about how old stuff is ...

Make sure you have a fire safety plan for your home

Editorials and columns

As we near the end of fire prevention week it is a good time to stop and reflect on our living space, and how we are prepared to deal with any emergency there. “Pre-planning is critical and it’s what everyone will draw upon to jump into action and escape as quickly as possible in the ...

Tour of jail confirms the need for new facility

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 7, we will have the opportunity to vote on a millage to build a new jail for Alpena. I took the opportunity to tour the facility and would encourage everyone to do the same. The staff has done a tremendous job keeping the jail clean and repaired the best they can with what they have to ...

Just stop playing the national anthem, already

Letters to the Editor

Ignore whether Colin Kapernick had n First Amendment right to protest what he viewed as an injustice. (He did, and it is.) Ignore whether Trump's fight with the NFL is a diversion from the fact that his agenda (if the slights and petty squabbles banging around inside his head can be called an ...