Opinion

It will change you if you let it

Editorials and columns

It will if you let it. I most often say it to myself, but occasionally, I say it to others too. I said it recently in response to a person who was complaining about how irritating certain posts on social media were. I thought he was going to tell me the posts about politics were annoying, or ...

‘Useful idiots’ deserve blame

Editorials and columns

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Haspel deserves fair consideration for her nomination

Editorials and columns

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at ...

Gentle encouragement opens doors

Editorials and columns

In fifth grade my dad asked me if I wanted to show an animal at the fair. At first it sounded like a lot of work and it might cut into my time reading Nancy Drew novels. He said he had a new baby calf in the barn and if I wanted him, I could raise him and show him at the county fair. If I ...

Seattle showing how not to treat big business

Editorials and columns

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Alpena truly a warm, friendly place to visit

Letters to the Editor

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Alpena and wanted to share some of my good feelings toward your town. I'm recently retired and taking a seven month retirement trip across the lower 48. Spending time in Michigan was an important part of my trip, since I grew up in Flint ...

Wait and see when it comes to Locks

Editorials and columns

It’s hard for me to get too excited about all the hoopla surrounding President Trump’s endorsement last weekend of repairing the Soo Locks that connect Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Instead, I stand on the sidelines and smile at all the politicians falling over themselves jockeying for ...

Editorial cartoon shouldn’t have been run

Letters to the Editor

I was appalled by the political cartoon in The Alpena News on Thursday, April 26. In my research I could not find where either President Trump or John Bolton have ever stated they wanted to “Kill All Muslims.” This type of editorial cartoon is embarrassing. President Trump embarrasses ...

MLB’s all or nothing strikes a sour note

Editorials and columns

Forgive me for writing a sports column, but Major League Baseball is driving me nuts. I love baseball and like many it was the sport of my youth. Small towns in the summer in the early to mid 1970s didn't have lots of organized sports and baseball was it. That didn't matter because I loved the ...

Great job by Alpena Power during snowstorm

Letters to the Editor

We appreciate you Alpena Power and all employees (especially those who had to go out into the storm), for you were right on top of things regarding the “Historic Spring Storm of 2018.” On the very early morning of Saturday, April 14, (4:20 a.m.) the howling winds and sleet pounding on ...

Supplements are a healthy addition to diet

Letters to the Editor

According to the Healthcare Professionals Impact Studies, 72% of physicians, 73% of orthopedists, 57% of cardiologists, 75% of dermatologists, 79% of nurses, 95% of nurse practitioners 86% of pharmacists and 96% of dietitians report personal use of dietary supplements. Why? Perhaps they ...

Government agencies we really need

Letters to the Editor

A few months ago, Great Britain Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness, probably the first in world history. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May said, citing a report indicating 14 percent of the population often or always ...

Matter of respect

Editorials and columns

Disrespect is an alarming problem in our country. Its presence is felt in society and, sad to say, even within the church, the family of God. It is evident in our schools. It is on display at sporting events, no matter what age. But without a doubt, the problem begins with the way we treat one ...

Take extra caution before deciding to burn

Editorials and columns

Wildfire cautions in Michigan this time of year are not that unusual. Rarely do those warnings cover the majority of the state, however, as they did Tuesday. The Lower Peninsula was under a red flag fire alert, the highest level of warning issued, while the Upper Peninsula was under an ...

Stopping harm of cyberbullies

Editorials and columns

Growing up there was always a particular kid who was a little bigger than the rest of the class. He would use his size to intimidate other kids on the playground. He would then turn to name calling or teasing if his size did not intimidate the others. He was known on the playground as a ...

Cosby conviction sends a message

Editorials and columns

Last week’s conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people consider Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black ...