Opinion

New CPR units will save lives

Editorials and columns

Alpena safety officials are on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to saving lives, at least when it comes to new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation units.According to Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush in a newspaper story this week, the city is acquiring eight automated chest compression ...

Remember Jackie Krawczak when you vote

Letters to the Editor

I would like to encourage area citizens to vote in our upcoming primary and I would further like to suggest they vote for Jackie Krawczak for State Representative. I have seen the changes in Alpena since Jackie became the CEO and President of the Alpena Chamber of Commerce and I believe that ...

Veterans should never be without insurance

Letters to the Editor

When I was hungry you fed me; naked you clothed me and when sick you card for me.Yes, Mr. Bill Johnson, Biblically entitlements are a God-given right. The response of March 12 letter to editor; if you are a religious man or just someone who cares, isn't corporate welfare a handout?Social ...

Mammograms should be a must for women

Letters to the Editor

Women have a 12% chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer; men have less than 1% risk. 40% of breast cancer is avoidable and linked to obesity, alcohol use and lack of exercise. Only 10% of breast cancer is strongly-linked to family history, suggesting women should be screened regardless ...

Time for healing in Rogers City

Editorials and columns

We don't know whether former Rogers City wrestling Coach Patrick Lamb deserved being terminated or not, but we know that decision has left a lot of people in the community hurting.The board of education decided months ago to dismiss Lamb. Monday, the body agreed to reconsider that decision and ...

More regulations on health for babies

Editorials and columns

Once again the federal government has shown the wide gap between its energetic pursuit of air quality and its apathy regarding municipal water quality - in West Virginia, anyway.More than two-and-a-half years after MCHM leaked into the Elk River near Charleston, affecting more than 300,000 ...

Encryption technologies and government protection

Editorials and columns

Secrecy over technology is unacceptable when the prosecutors need evidence, government lawyers argued in the Apple cellphone situation a few months ago. A court showdown was prevented when experts cracked Apple's encryption.But when the government wants to protect its software secrets, that's ...

Downtown on a Monday night

Editorials and columns

Once upon a time, before Meijer's, before Wal Mart, even before Kmart there was the Black & White Grocery, Tony & Norms menswear, Pickett's pharmacy, Doctor Burkholder, and Vaughn's department store.Adam's bookstore was there, the Lyric theatre, the Dallas cafe, and Doyle's ...

How Volkswagen, Flint speak to regulatory deficiencies

Editorials and columns

The Flint water crisis and the Volkswagen emissions scandal point pretty clearly to the dangers of one dynamic: the rhetorical broadsides against the government regulatory community, and the rush to undermine their ability to strike appropriate balances between efficiency and safety, between ...

Snyder, Schuette not on same page

Editorials and columns

There is a myth out there that just because somebody calls himself or herself a Republican or Democrat, he or she is in step with all the other party members on the face of the earth.The current and ugly civil war over the Trump nomination in the national GOP would be exhibit A.Exhibit B in ...

Hopefully water dispute resolution comes soon

Editorials and columns

No one likes to end up in court.However, sometimes legal action is the only recourse available that will rectify an issue. Such it is between Alpena Township and city officials over water charges. On Friday representatives from both sides are scheduled to appear before 26th Judicial Court Judge ...

Erosion of personal communication

Editorials and columns

GOP 1st Congressional candidate Jack Bergman sat in my office Thursday and we talked about his reasons for seeking office, including all the uncertainty in the world today."This year reminds me a lot of 1968," he said, reflecting on the unrest in the country, everything from racial tensions to ...

Clinton, Trump, Biden, Snyder and more

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water As political scandals go, Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers is watered-down, low-fat vanilla yogurt. One might even say (if one is trying to irritate one's smug Republican friends) it's even Whitewateresque - generating lots of smoke from the faux outrage ...

Control your health or it will control you

Editorials and columns

If you consume the daily headlines, you know that many events feel out of our immediate control. From tragic shootings to the divisive presidential election to the shifting world economy to sudden storms that ravage the shorelines. The news can feel unnerving. It reminds us that life is not ...

Good neighbors

Editorials and columns

"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,A beautiful day for a neighbor.Would you be mine? Could you be mine?"I did not have children yet when "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was immensely popular on television. I was probably more familiar with Eddie Murphy's parody of Fred Rogers on "Saturday ...

Take time to learn about Founding Fathers

Letters to the Editor

I would like to reflect upon our Founding Fathers and the time they lived in.George Washington was a slave holder, raised an Anglican but later believed to be a Deist. Deism is a belief that God created the world and allowed it to operate according to Natural Laws, with no intervention and no ...

Learn the differences between firearms

Letters to the Editor

Saturdays' Commentary, Other Voices from the Battle Creek Enquirer, is a perfect example of why news media, of all types, are losing their credibility.In writing about the Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle, the article states, "The National Rifle Association and industry execs, of course, ...

Letters opens others to promote candidates

Letters to the Editor

Pursuant to Mr. Joynton's letter to the editor in Friday's paper, July 1, 2016. By placing his opinion of a political candidate now opens the door for future letters to the editor being a free campaign section in the Alpena New so others to promote their candidate of choice.I guess this may ...

Take writers’ advice, get out in the fresh air

Letters to the Editor

Two days ago I decided to wait outside for my friend to pick me up for a gathering. From the moment I stepped out into the sunshine and breated natures' sweet air I felt healing in my body.Today I read Henry David Thoreau's quote, "We need the tonic of the wilderness" captured by Joe Bastow and ...