Opinion

What happened to our once great county fair? 

Editorials and columns

I have heard some of the community complaints about the size of the carnival and other issues with the fair. I’ve heard people ask, “What has happened to our once-great county fair?” I (or my children) have been exhibiting at this fair for 50 years. It is in my heart and blood. I ...

The Thanksgiving dinner of doom

Editorials and columns

People who have read my column for a long time often ask me if I make up the stories I tell about my family, especially the lovely, yet formidable, Marcia. For instance, I once wrote about the day she phoned me at work and said, frantically, “Hehp eee!” “What’d you say?” I ...

Parenting 101

Editorials and columns

When I close my eyes, I can still hear him crying. I’d scoured the baby books for advice and tried every trick they offered up. Nothing worked. After eight long months of effort, my firstborn simply would not go to sleep anywhere but in my arms. It was sweet and all, but I couldn’t ...

City Band hits a high note at 100 years of music

Editorials and columns

For 100 years, the “sounds of music” have filled the air of Alpena. For 100 years, men and women who share the passion of making music have volunteered their time and talent to Alpena’s City Band. Today’s band is an interesting blend of young and old. Yet, whether a member has ...

Loud motorcycle exhausts not exempt

Editorials and columns

I have been asked more times than I can count about why motorcycles are allowed to have such loud exhaust systems. For those of us who are not motorcycle enthusiasts, it can be very hard to appreciate the roar of a Harley-Davidson, or any other brand of motorcycle, rumbling down the road. It ...

There is a solids basis for political action

Editorials and columns

Much that constitutes the affairs of man floats without direction — only after a swirl is there any chance of it congealing. More and more this unsettled manner serves to define our politics and the discharge of our business. Where can one look for guidance to a smoother flow? Could it ...

Manafort getting fair trial with tough judge

Editorials and columns

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial this week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

Cheers to AG who cracked down on contractor

Editorials and columns

All too often, we hear of crimes commited by people who get away with them. Sometimes they steal money by calling grandmothers and lying about grandchildren being in trouble. Other times, they take money for home improvements, then never show up to do the work. Well, good for West Virginia ...

‘Milk’ products do need a label crackdown

Letters to the Editor

As a proud dairy farmer, I must respond to the Viewpoint, “Milk Crackdown: Why?”. Every year, our farm hosts hundreds of school children and parents and every year, parents are stunned to learn that beverages labeled as some type of “milk” contain no dairy products. In fact, not to ...

Empower teachers with mental health first aid

Editorials and columns

A lack of mental health services in schools is being called a silent epidemic. In a given year, up to one in five children in the United States show symptoms of a mental disorder, which would equate to five students in a classroom of 25. Nearly 80 percent of children who are suffering from ...

Burn the idea that climate change causes big wildfires

Editorials and columns

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Mr. Trump: Let Robert Mueller do his job

Editorials and columns

Just why is our president so against Robert Mueller finishing his assigned duty? An adversary has attacked our democracy and it is vital to find the details in hope of preventing future insurgencies. Dozens have been indicted, several have pleaded guilty, and three trials have started or ...

Embrace the lesson in every experience

Editorials and columns

There is no playbook for life. I’ve learned a few things about what seems to work best regarding how we should approach life, especially when facing difficult situations. In addition to battles I’ve already shared like my eating disorder, depression, and family alcoholism, my family ...

Change can happen to the best of us!

Editorials and columns

This past weekend, I had a chance to revisit a favorite camping spot in Northeast Michigan. As a child, our family would make annual pilgrimages to Shoepac Lake in southwest Presque Isle County. The property includes a deep fishing lake, rustic sites, and a trail that loops around five ...

Endorsements can be yummy, but they may make you sick

Editorials and columns

Political endorsements are like your Mom’s favorite chicken soup. It may not cure all your ills, but it doesn’t hurt ... or does it? With an electorate that often doesn’t know squat about a candidate’s qualifications, the office seeker often turns to someone the voter does know and ...