Opinion

A positive experience during hospital stay

Letters to the Editor

I recently had to be admitted to MidMichigan Regional Hospital in Alpena following a surgical procedure. I had developed some complications and needed additional medical assistance. I have never had such excellent care than what I received at our local hospital. I want to give special ...

Hospital, cancer center hidden jewel in community

Letters to the Editor

Alpena regional hospital, and the University of Michigan Cancer Unit, should be recognized for their superior performance on my recent cancer problems.I have never seen such perfection at all levels of my stay for radiation and chemo at the unit. Every day like a Swiss watch I went through the ...

Second Amendment allows us to keep, bear arms

Letters to the Editor

The June 25 Alpena News contained a reprint of a Battle Creek Enquire editorial titled "What To Do About Assault Weapons." The editorial took the usual tact of bashing the NRA and semi-automatic rifles. The editorial supported a number of measures including increased background checks, magazine ...

Arnold Black’s Farm an impressive local business

Letters to the Editor

As a frequent strawberry picker in the Alpena area, I've gotten to know the handful of workers at numerous strawberry farms. None though I can say has impressed me the way the family/workers out at Arnold Black's farm on Spratt Road has. Arnold Black himself is there to greet you every morning, ...

Make it a safe holiday weekend

Editorials and columns

The long Fourth of July weekend is upon us and many people will be hitting the roads for destinations around the state, and elsewhere. AAA Michigan is estimating more than 1.4 million residents will be traveling this holiday, with most of those doing so by car.This is an unofficial reunion ...

We don’t need to have three days of fireworks

Letters to the Editor

Whoever made the Alpena City Firework ordinance has obviously never had to comfort a pet that is afraid of fireworks. No matter what the ordinance says, come on folks, use some common sense ... are three full evenings of consumer fireworks really necessary? No. I personally think five hours on ...

Krawczak would make a really good state rep

Letters to the Editor

My purpose in writing is to endorse Jackie Krawczak as candidate for District 106 of the Michigan House of Representatives. While in Alpena it was my privilege to work closely with her on the boards of Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and Target Alpena Development Authority, as well as on other ...

Sit-in protestors blurred facts in gun restriction issue

Editorials and columns

Proponents of new limits on gun ownership should be furious with Democrats in the House of Representatives for the purely political "sit-in" demonstration they staged over gun control.It was an attempt to pin the blame for failure of gun control measures in the House on the Republican majority ...

Our Fourth of July better with women

Editorials and columns

In 1912 our Fourth of July parade was an all male affair; only men "strutted and stared." The ladies watched.To be there to see the surviving soldiers of the Horace E. Parker Post of The Grand Army of the Republic - our Civil War veterans - would have been an honor. It would have been an honor ...

We need to get back to checks and balances

Editorials and columns

President Barack Obama is accustomed to getting his way, even when that means trampling the Constitution. So it was no wonder his press conference in response to a Supreme Court decision Thursday dripped with bitterness.Obama's executive order that, in effect, granted amnesty from immigration ...

Obama hypocritical about GOP health insurance plan

Editorials and columns

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a plan to help more Americans obtain health insurance. The White House's reaction was that the proposal would "take health insurance away from millions and increase costs for seniors and hard-working families."Let's think about that. ...

Was school aid package the beginning of voucher push?

Editorials and columns

Here we go again, or do we?The head of the Michigan Education Association trotted out this diddy the other day. He is convinced that the wealthy DeVos family from West Michigan is methodically laying the groundwork to revisit the voucher issue. "Sure they are," opines Steve Cook."There is no ...

Community makes annual drive a success

Letters to the Editor

The good folks of Alpena have done it again and made our 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive successful with your donations on May 14, 2016. The shelves of seven local food pantries were restocked once again St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Trinity Episcopal ...

The region benefits when we work together

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the column in last week's Alpena News written by Stephen Fletcher on biking hot spots and his support to make bicycling safer in Alpena County. I couldn't agree more with his comments on expanded tourism opportunities this could provide our area. My only comment is ...

Keep it safe when handling fireworks

Editorials and columns

Nowhere is the Fourth of July better than in Northeast Michigan.Of course mention the Fourth, and one naturally instantly thinks of fireworks. With access to fireworks so much easier today than in years past, we also remind residents to exercise caution when using them.Even the most innocent of ...

Water dominates the week’s headlines

Editorials and columns

Whether it was Flint, the Straits or Waukesha, Wis., water highlighted the news from this week for Michigan residents.First, out of Flint, it was announced late in the week by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials that testing has confirmed that filters on water were working and the ...

A passion for passionate care

Editorials and columns

When Carolyn Cassin lost her baby son, she went back to work the following Monday, devastated.The year was 1976 and people didn't talk openly about grief and loss. She remembers the platitudes - you're young, you'll have other children - and the silence. Cassin realized that nothing much had ...

Something needs to be done about airfare

Letters to the Editor

This letter is concerning the drop in people using Alpena Regional Airport as an in and out source of travel. A few weeks ago, I tried to make arrangements to fly out of Alpena to San Jose, Calif. I was quoted a price of over $1,200. As many times as I have flown out of Alpena, it was never ...

Hospital provided excellent care of mother

Letters to the Editor

Our family recently experienced a medical situation and scare that required our mother to have surgery. After careful consideration, and lots of arguments we decided to give Mid-Michigan Medical Center a chance. We could not be more pleased that we made that decision. Her surgeon Dr. Hanna is ...