Opinion

Washington shares in blame for what happened in Flint

Editorials and columns

Federal officials have worked hard to portray themselves as the cavalry riding to the rescue of residents of Flint. It turns out they were walking, and slowly, at that.Local, state and federal officials deserve severe criticism for what happened in Flint. In essence, efforts to save money for ...

Some takeaways from the final debate

Editorials and columns

What was that old song, "Little Things Mean a Lot"?Ask Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about that.The little thing that Mr. Trump trotted out near the end of the debate was covered as if he had just declared World War III.The media came unglued when he refused to say that he would support the ...

Another stellar class inducted into AHS Hall of Fame

Editorials and columns

We appreciate what Alpena High School has been doing for several years now in recognizing outstanding alumni in its Hall of Fame.A week ago during homecoming ceremonies three more deserving graduates were inducted into this prestigious group: Randy MacAulay, Susan Petrisin and Teresa Szymanski. ...

Commissioners make the right call

Editorials and columns

There was the right way and the wrong way.There was the easy way and the hard way.While it would have been easy for Alpena County commissioners to have taken a hard stand and made things difficult, this week, members of its finance committee chose to use common sense and showed compassion ...

It’s definitely time for a third political party

Editorials and columns

A few years ago, I jokingly suggested what we need in America is a third major political party called "The Rest of Us."After this long presidential campaign - which has resembled a drunken family Thanksgiving argument more than anything else - I'm not joking anymore.I'm gonna do it. Who's with ...

An autumn art show

Editorials and columns

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14A few mornings ago my youngest headed out the door, having won the award for being first to be ...

Maybe a mixed ticket can run for president

Letters to the Editor

Hopefully, in a future presidential election, a party nominee will think progressively and select as their running mate a candidate from the other party. Imagine Republican and Democrat running on the same ticket. To my knowledge, there is not an election law on the books that would prevent ...

Hopefully sexual assault awareness increases

Letters to the Editor

One in five women report sexual assault. Report sexual assault. We all know that the vast majority of sexual assaults are never reported. An unscientific survey of my female acquaintances indicate that number is much higher, more like three in five. And those are only the ones I know about. ...

Don’t approve HUNT millage in Alcona Co

Letters to the Editor

It's time to disband HUNT. Our county commissioners want you to pay $100,000 in new taxes going to Alpena to support a narcotics task force that already has a $900,000 budget. HUNT brags that over its 25 year life it has seized $9 million in illegal drugs (about 90 percent was marijuana). What ...

Trump, Snyder give GOP new all-time low

Letters to the Editor

Well, we have less than three before we vote on Nov. 8 and I can't understand how this presidential race can be so close. We got a GOP candidate (Donald Trump) whose racial scapegoating of blacks, Latinos, women, Muslims, mocked a disabled reporter and he loves fanning the flames of hate and ...

Elk a successful story for DNR

Editorials and columns

The reintroduction of elk to Michigan in 1918 remains one of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' greatest success stories.From seven elk back then, the herd has grown to as high as 1,500 elk in the 1960s. Today DNR officials maintain the herd at between 500 and 900 animals as the ...

It’s our job to vote the right people into office

Letters to the Editor

As a citizen we are once again faced with who and how they will run our government. We are the ones that now must choose what course we will take to deal everyone in. The problems we now face have been with us from our first start. The well-being of all and what to do about money. Until the ...

Our political system doesn’t work anymore

Letters to the Editor

If this fiasco of a presidential race doesn't wake up our two so-called major political, nothing ever will. How can a person who has studied the track records of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump even consider voting for either one? This race is to the bottom.The two parties have failed us for ...

The law on uncased rifle or shotgun in a vehicle

Editorials and columns

A citizen asked if a person who has a concealed pistol license is able to transport and uncased rifle or shotgun in their vehicle. This is a great question with the small game and bird seasons in full swing in Northern Michigan right now.A concealed pistol license allows you to carry a ...

Vote for presidential candidate who supports life

Letters to the Editor

This year's presidential election can be narrowed down to one word - life.The Democratic candidate supports continuing the dreams of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and supporter of Adolf Hitler. Sanger promoted abortion as a tool against minorities and "morons." Planned ...

Editorial on Trump comments blames victims

Letters to the Editor

What Neanderthal wrote the Oct. 12 Viewpoint editorial?He (or she) maintains that Donald Trump is being "slammed for talk." Supposedly, there is no supporting evidence for "action."Not so. It's behavior, or more exactly male privilege, that is the salient focal point in today's brouhaha on ...

Range Light Park is a must-see destination

Letters to the Editor

Those looking for a spectacular view of Lake Huron during these wonderful autumn days should consider visiting Presque Isle Township's historic Range Light Park.Located on Presque Isle Harbor, the facility offers beach access, picnic shelter, toilet and ample parking. A statue honors early 20th ...

Stay healthy this winter and get your flu shot

Letters to the Editor

In an average year, 10 percent of the U.S. population will catch influenza, a severe respiratory illness. Compared with healthy persons without medical conditions, persons with heart or lung disease are often hospitalized or die from influenza.Influenza infection, characterized by muscle aches, ...