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What’s the point of peacekeeping forces?

August 22, 2016 When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations’ peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn’t it? More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the... more »»

State DEQ director faces the media

August 22, 2016 She walked into the room looking just a tad tentative about the impending encounter. You'd feel the same way too if talking to the news media was not one of your favorite things to do. more »»

Split votes good to have and help create discussion

August 20, 2016 Are split votes by a public body a bad thing? Do they show a division of philosophy on where a government is headed? Hardly. more »»

Schultz’s story is a hometown success

August 20, 2016 Thomas Edison had Menlo Park. Henry Ford had Detroit. And Dennis Schultz has Alpen. more »»

Grammar Phantom rides again

August 20, 2016 (Please note the intentional grammatical errors left in for effect ... more »»

It’s time to end straight party voting in Mich.

August 19, 2016 As the courts continue to wrestle over the issue of being able to cast a straight party vote in Michigan, for what it’s worth we are an opponent of straight party votin. more »»

Blockheads display community pride

August 19, 2016 The Thunder Bay Blockheads, a local independent youth travel baseball organization, takes pride in our community and our ball players. more »»

Back after making run for state rep

August 18, 2016 I’m back! Maybe you haven’t even noticed that I was gone from writing a column for several months. more »»

Obama’s budget stewardship not worth bragging about

August 17, 2016 President Barack Obama brags his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Why, spending deficits are going down, he proclaims. Wrong. more »»

Connecting with our dark skies

August 16, 2016 Two weeks ago I ventured out to Rockport State Recreation Area for a free Twilight Yoga class. It began as the sun was sinking low in the sk. more »»

Obamacare far more costly than we were led to believe

August 16, 2016 Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. more »»

CBO report doesn’t give complete analysis

August 15, 2016 Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade. more »»

Lessons from debating a woman

August 15, 2016 When former presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Chris Christie got into a verbal slugfest, nobody in the audience complained about two guys going after each othe. more »»

Monday is chance to voice opinion about one-way streets

August 13, 2016 If you have an opinion regarding one-way streets and changes to parking patterns in downtown Alpena, then your voice should probably be heard at Alpena Municipal Council’s meeting Monda. more »»

People appreciate officers in our area

August 13, 2016 Northeast Michigan is special for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact those of us who live here respect the job area law enforcement officers do to keep our homes and streets safe. more »»

Bicycles on roads

August 13, 2016 A reader asked me this week to explain some of the laws regarding bicycles on the roadway. more »»

Why lakes are always better than oceans

August 13, 2016 During my annual summer week up north, I saw a T-shirt that said "The Great Lakes — no salt, no sharks, no problems." I could have written that myself. more »»

Time for defeated candidates to remove signs

August 12, 2016 It is time for candidates who were defeated a week and a half ago in the Michigan primary to remove their election signs around the districts they were running in. more »»

Delta computer outage reminder that networks need improved security

August 11, 2016 Computer equipment went on the fritz at Delta Airlines this week. Tens of thousands of passengers and employees were affected by more than 1,000 canceled flights and 2,800 delayed takeoff. more »»

Defeating IS on battlefield is not enough

August 10, 2016 A few weeks ago, we warned that defeating terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State on the battlefield probably will mean an increase in brutal attacks by their operatives. more »»



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