Opinion

Don’t destroy downtown ‘vibe’

Editorials and columns

Would two-way traffic in downtown Alpena ultimately be a curse or a blessing?At this point it would be nice to know the answer to that, as for the time being all the debate over two-way traffic is a pain in the behind for many on both sides who have dug in their heels over the issue.If you ...

Give China credit for pandas’ recovery

Editorials and columns

China's brutality in punishing crimimals makes it easier for the government to enforce its will, of course. Still, Beijing deserves credit for a striking achievement in conservation.The giant panda, native to China, no longer is an endangered species, an international conservation group has ...

Obama shouldn’t trust China with climate change deal

Editorials and columns

Politics has made stranger bedfellows under President Barack Obama than at any other time during recent memory.He insists he trusts Iran to put its nuclear weapons plan on hold, despite evidence Tehran already is cheating on its promise to do so.Obama has normalized relations with Cuba, even ...

Back in the first grade

Editorials and columns

During my second year in law school I was involved in an automobile accident. At that time my financial cushion was threadbare. Meeting the insurance deductible abraded the fabric. Having no patch, I had to go to work. I became a full-time sixth grade teacher in Grosse Pointe Park during ...

Kids are back in school, let’s keep them safe

Editorials and columns

Today marks the first day of school around the region. Some kids are excited about the day while others may be dreading the end of summer vacation.In both instances, their minds might not be focused on safety and they could be putting themselves in harm's way as they head to school. That is ...

M-STEP results not very rosy

Editorials and columns

You have to give good grades to the state Department of Education for orchestrating a nifty and positive spin on the latest round of test scores for kids in grades three through 11th grade, and at first blush you would walk away from the results with a smile on your face.After all the ...

Funding for airport needed, appreciated

Editorials and columns

Last month it was announced Alpena County Regional Airport was the recipient of $990,000 in federal funding to help with the construction of a new terminal.For a facility that has experienced lower numbers in travelers compared to previous years, the construction of a new terminal might be ...

1st House keeps being interesting

Editorials and columns

The 1st Congressional District in Michigan always has been interesting. It is a district made up of hard working people who relish their quality of life, lean conservative and who - percentage wise - have an abnormally high amount of them receiving some type of assistance check from the federal ...

Conversation between Trump and Mexico president

Editorials and columns

Donald Trump's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto was private. But I managed to get my hands on a secret transcript. Here's what transpired:Nieto: "Ah, so you are the loud, orange man I have heard so much about. Welcome to Mexico. My, you really are orange, aren't you?"Trump: ...

Want to retire early? Start planning now

Editorials and columns

The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don't want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?Possibly - if you follow these suggestions:* ...

It’s long past time to stop drivers from texting

Letters to the Editor

When will law enforcement start going after the fools that text and drive? Tired of getting run off the road every time I go for a drive and it's not from drunk drivers. It was just on the news about the big increase in fatal accidents and they can't understand why? Get in your car and see if ...

Don’t change one-way streets in downtown

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in opposition to changing the traffic pattern from one way to two way. As a pedestrian there are times when congestion at the intersections make it difficult to cross the street even in the crosswalk. It would be worse, if it were two way. The walk signal changes before you can ...

Be proactive about your future health care

Letters to the Editor

Patients often ask "What about the Obamacare "Death Panel?" First, it isn't a "death panel."The Affordable Healthcare Act created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an appointed group with one goal - balance the Medicare budget by cutting coverage.IPAB cannot be fired, does not ...

We still are being inundated with Clinton lies

Letters to the Editor

Two of the problems of being old and having a decent memory is that I am old and I do have a decent memory.During the course of 18 minutes last night, I heard CNN "news" commentators and Hillary Clinton supporters (sorry for being redundant) state 16 time that there was no "evidence" that the ...

Good news for lakes with no Asian carp DNA

Editorials and columns

Thankfully Michigan waters continue to remain free of Asian carp.That was the story this week from Department of Natural Resources officials, who shared recent results of studies taken from throughout the Great Lakes.Since 2013 the Michigan DNR, along with similar agencies in other Great Lake ...

Resources in unexpected places

Editorials and columns

Alpena County Relay for Life recently held its annual 24 hour rally. I had the pleasure of speaking at the event during the "Fight Back" portion of the program. When I started preparing for my presentation I did some research on the event and what the "Fight Back" portion was designed to ...

Real reform needed for health care

Editorials and columns

President Barack Obama's signature federal takeover of health insurance clearly was a mistake. Millions of Americans are paying more, often much more, for coverage because of Obamacare. Millions are finding their health care options limited, despite the president's assurances that if we like ...

Obama continues to act like a monarch

Editorials and columns

Months ago, President Barack Obama pledged that the United States would accept 10,000 refugees from the civil war in Syria before the current fiscal year was out. On Monday, about a month ahead of schedule, the White House announced the goal had been met.That happened despite an enormous amount ...

Forest bathing improves health

Editorials and columns

This weekend I went for two outdoor runs. The first was on the city's bi-path. I took the path through the woods along the river. It was just after dusk had settled in. The air was heavy with the sweet fragrance of rain upon the trees. A light sprinkle peppered the pathway as I jogged along. It ...