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Encryption issue not one to take lightly

February 24, 2016 Justice Department lawyers insist gaining access to information on a cellphone used by a dead terrorist is a critical matter of national security. But Apple Inc. more »»

Mr. Besser’s commencement address

February 23, 2016 When I was 14 years old I had my picture taken with Mr. Besser. It didn't matter how old I was or how old you were, Mr. Besser was always Mr. Besse. more »»

Nothing has changed for human rights on Cuba

February 23, 2016 President Barack Obama has said that when he visits Cuba in March, he will discuss human rights abuses by that brutal regime. more »»

Washington’s social engineers at it again

February 22, 2016 The federal government’s social engineers never seem to learn. Time and time again their mandates issued in the name of consumerism make life tougher, not better. They’re back. more »»

House gives challenge to state Senate

February 22, 2016 You don't have to live in this town's culture for very long to observe there is a natural and sometimes negative tension between the state Senate and the state Hous. more »»

Hate crimes work both ways

February 20, 2016 Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as “hate crimes” by federal officials. more »»

Commercial is nothing like airlines I fly

February 20, 2016 February is the worst month. I'm sick of winter. Spring seems an eternity away. Everything puts me in a bad mood. Especially TV commercials. I don't know why. They just do. more »»

What you gain through fitness is what counts most

February 20, 2016 How much have you gained? What if we all agree to flip the question? Instead of asking our friends how much weight they have lost on their diet or exercise program, let's ask each other how much... more »»


February 20, 2016 It's dangerous to be confrontational. You may say something no one wants to hear. The season of Lent is a focused time of repentance in the Church. Soul-searching. Personal inventory. Cleansing. more »»

Job well done with Plaza Pool fundraising

February 19, 2016 Although word broke a few weeks ago, it became official Wednesday when Friends of the Plaza Pool told the Alpena County Finance Committee it had raised enough money to keep the pool open during... more »»

How do I obtain a police report?

February 18, 2016 A reader emailed this week asking how they could obtain a copy of a police report. In order to figure out the exact process, I had to email them back to find out what type of report they wante. more »»

Constitution shouldn’t change based on nine opinions

February 18, 2016 Liberal activists disliked the late U.S. more »»

Officials need to learn from mistakes in Afghanistan

February 17, 2016 From the beginning of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation years ago, American intelligence and political officials made enormous mistakes. more »»

Building a better community

February 16, 2016 I’m halfway through a really interesting novel that my mom loaned me. The setting of the book is some sort of post-apocalyptic world in the future. more »»

Risk of terrorists coming from Cuba needs to be addressed

February 16, 2016 President Barack Obama seems determined to “normalize” relations between the United States and Cuba, regardless of good reasons why the process should proceed slowly, if at all. more »»

Kasich has record of success others claim to have

February 15, 2016 With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn. Ohio Gov. more »»

Airport schedule changes would be beneficial

February 13, 2016 News this week of a proposed change in schedules for flights in and out of Alpena by SkyWest officials is welcome news. The change would be a huge benefit for business travelers heading to Detroit. more »»

We need to come together and soon

February 13, 2016 It’s time for a huge dose of reality to start occurring across Michigan. Without it, I fear a day of reckoning is just around the corner. more »»

Snyder, Flint water, Super Bowl ads and Tigers

February 13, 2016 Come Heller high water ... * Oh, c'mon, it's impossible to blame Gov. Snyder for declining the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee invitation to testif. more »»

ARMC Cardiac Rehab returns life to Hillman man

February 13, 2016 Justin Moreau, a Hillman resident, has a Left Ventricular Assist Device that keeps the blood flowing through the lower chamber of his heart since his left ventricle is too weak to pump blood on its... more »»



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