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VA head should have deadline to get things done

July 29, 2014 Six months. That is how long Congress should give Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson to make progress in providing better health care service for veterans. more »»

Students should be taught about finance

July 27, 2014 Public school teachers and administrators sometimes grow frustrated at demands politicians put on them. No wonder. more »»

Time for healing process to begin

July 26, 2014 Battered and bruised. That’s the way the community feels after approval this week by both sides of a new contract between the Alpena Public School District and its teachers. more »»

Lots of fish for tourney, but not browns

July 26, 2014 The good news is there are plenty of fish, and lots of big ones, out in Lake Huron as evidence by what is showing up at the Brown Trout Festival Tournament weigh-in each day. more »»

Physician talks about having a safe, healthy summer

July 26, 2014 Summer means fun in the sun, family vacations, backyard barbeques, and refreshing swims in the lake. It’s also a time to take precautions so you don’t become sidelined during all the summer fun. more »»

A gentle kind of quiet

July 26, 2014 My shoes are melting. It's my own fault, though. I can't resist resting them on the metal fire ring as I lounge in my canvas chair, a poking stick near at hand. more »»

Authority would help continued development of US-23 South corridor

July 25, 2014 While much of the attention on economic development around Alpena these days seems to always turn to the M-32 corridor, another area receiving a lot of attention and care is US-23 South. more »»

It’s what the world needs now

July 23, 2014 Back in 1962 when the “greatest class ever graduated” (self-proclaimed) was just out of secondary school, the music world was changing rapidly. more »»

Help Alpena by overcoming Negaholism

July 22, 2014 Ever wonder why some people are always negative? It’s OK to have bad days and it’s OK to be cranky once in a while but we all know people who are negative no matter what is going on in their life o... more »»

Can anything be done to save foreign relations?

July 22, 2014 At least President Barack Obama has always made it clear he prefers dabbling in domestic policy and doesn’t understand much about foreign relations. more »»

ACC’s proactive approach pays off

July 19, 2014 The secret for success for any operation is to not rest on today’s laurels, but always strive to improve at what you do. more »»

The true spirit of Girl Scouts

July 19, 2014 Inspiring. Moving. Emotional. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

July 19, 2014 Absentee ballots Q. Several readers have questions about absentee ballots for the Aug. 5 primary election. County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs has the following answers. Q. more »»

When employees grieve: Grief in the workplace?

July 19, 2014 By HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN/ALPENA It is in the best interest of employees, their managers and a company's bottom line to offer support to an employee who has lost someone significant in their life. more »»

40 years of fun spun from one risky idea

July 18, 2014 Forty years ago a group of men who loved Alpena, loved fishing and who were known to take a risk or two decided to start the Brown Trout Festival. more »»

Reid set to break Senate rules again

July 17, 2014 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will tolerate no opposition, especially if it threatens one of President Barack Obama’s pet projects. Reid, D-Ne. more »»

Notice the sponsors of events

July 15, 2014 What have you attended so far this year in the local community? A concert at the bandshell? The fireworks? A comedy show? How about a festival or a downtown event? Do you know anyone playing on a... more »»

Why the US news organizations are better than UK

July 15, 2014 Americans are more fortunate than many know in having a wide variety of privately owned newspapers and other information sources. more »»

The children’s theater of politics

July 12, 2014 They always say politics is theater, and most people understand what people mean when they say it. I think good politics is children’s theater, which takes some explaining to do. more »»

Any time is right time for ice cream

July 12, 2014 With summer just kicking into full gear, is it proper to even mention anything about winter right now? Oh well, we’ve already started, so let’s join forces with the folks at Pure Michigan and... more »»



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