Opinion

Songs of the season filled with joy … and a message

Editorials and columns

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Do They Know It's Christmas” by Band Aid. The song wasn't really intended to be a Christmas song, but rather a way to capitalize on the festive atmosphere of the holiday to shine a spotlight on and show that not everyone is able to enjoy the kind of ...

It’s time to display our Christmas spirit

Editorials and columns

Area residents have a special opportunity to display our holiday spirit in the days ahead. An unfortunate fire Sunday at the Carriage House Apartments has left 26 families homeless until repairs can be made to their apartments. The work is expected to take several weeks, however, as there was ...

Family helps to make Christmas special

Editorials and columns

In Mancelona when I was a senior in high school, and then when I returned home for summer break during college, I had my bedroom in the basement. We also had a large family room downstairs and this is where we celebrated Christmas, opening our gifts, etc. When the heat was turned down, it could ...

Rick Perry to restore sensible energy policy

Editorials and columns

Coal miners and tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable electricity have few friends in Washington. One ally on which they should have been able to count, the U.S. Department of Energy, has been missing in inaction for nearly eight years. That should change early next year, ...

Finding the magic in Christmas

Editorials and columns

A couple weeks ago I went to tuck our daughter into bed for the night and found her sobbing into her pillow. When I asked her what was wrong she replied, “Daddy said Santa may not be able to make a robot that can do all the things I want a robot to do!” this was followed by lots of weeping ...

Making sure that everyone enjoys Christmas this year

Editorials and columns

At some point, likely our mid-20s, Christmas gift giving is more about the giving than the receiving. I’m a little odd, and I think it happened a little earlier for me though there might be some argument from my family since I don’t recall exactly the shift. Parents, obviously, love to ...

Clock is ticking for Christmas shoppers

Editorials and columns

And down the stretch they come. — Every race track announcer in the country We're in the last week before Christmas, so do you have your shopping done yet? Me either, though I'm close. If you are done with yours already, congratulations. I applaud your ability to focus on the task at ...

Election process needs an overhaul

Editorials and columns

Michigan’s election process definitely needs a major evaluation, then overhaul — and the sooner, the better. Last week I ended an editorial on the judge’s ruling that ended the presidential recount in Michigan by saying this: “And, for the sake of the electoral process, we would ask ...

Media needs to make sure facts are reported

Letters to the Editor

There was much inaccurate information prevalent in the 2016 election and a great deal of free air time reflecting the cult of personality that dominated it. As citizens, we would like to see accurate and detailed information, information that has been fact checked for authenticity, information ...

We have to do all we can to protect children

Letters to the Editor

It has come to my understanding that there are Bullies in our Alpena schools. Bullies that have burned a girl's hair, cut this girl, held her down, meanwhile one of the Bullies videotaping and posting on snapchat. Another girl, feeling sorry for the victim reaches out to friend this victim. ...

Vote might change if others dealt with wolves

Letters to the Editor

Your reprint of the editorial by the Port Huron Times Herald (Saturday, Dec. 3) about recent court decisions about wolf hunt legislation and the "victory" the courts gave to the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected lobby deserves comment. It is true that in 2014 Michigan voters rejected two ...

Praise for those who made station possible

Letters to the Editor

The Hillman community can be so proud of the volunteers who offer hours of time in getting our local radio station, WXHR, on the air. Over the past year there have been sports broadcast, some local news, school Tiger News which I think the students are doing a great job each week, and some ...

Dangers of winter coats, snowsuits in car seats

Editorials and columns

With the temperatures here in northern Michigan beginning to drop as we head into the winter season, I have had a number of parents and care givers approach me with the question, “Is it safe to put my child in their car seat with their snowsuit or bulky winter coat on?” The simple answer ...

Remove politics, address all cyber security threats

Editorials and columns

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue is ...

Trump should make cleaning up VA a top priority

Editorials and columns

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Is Pruitt the right man for the job?

Editorials and columns

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency has sent many liberals diving off the deep end, rhetorically. Pruitt has a record of opposing EPA action meant to cripple the fossil fuel industry, the leftists ...