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Fletcher: Trust those who earned their merit

August 6, 2013 There has been a word used recently in the popular press that has two meanings according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. That word is “meritocracy. more »»

Stutzman: Sometimes you have to ...

August 5, 2013 This weekend I went indoor rock climbing at a place called Planet Rock in Pontiac. It was a blast. I’m not actually all that great at the sport but I still have fun. more »»

Editorial: Alpena County Library a jewel of the community

August 2, 2013 On Tuesday, Alpena County Board of Commissioners approved putting two millage requests on the November ballot for Alpena County Library following public comment during the board's meetin. more »»

Murch: Alpena matters, so climb on board

August 2, 2013 So the challenge was: What matters to me? The quick answer is a number of things. However, the challenge came with a staccato requirement: “I. Want. Heart. And. Soul. more »»

Gray: What is your big dream?

August 2, 2013 My fifth grade teacher asked what I dreamed of being when I grew up. I told her I wanted to be an anchor on the popular news show “60 Minutes. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

August 2, 2013 Spools of orange cable Q. Several readers at lunch wondered what the big wood spools are that we see along the roadsides with huge orange cable on them. A. more »»

Fletcher: Keep the zoning rules simple

July 30, 2013 One of the foremost rules for the chief executive officer of any organization to follow is that tenet known by the acronym: KIS — Keep It Simple. more »»

Krawczak: Visualize yourself a winner

July 29, 2013 Sometimes coaches tell athletes to visualize success. They tell them to visualize a win, or a new personal best. more »»

Murch: Making the most of the life we choose

July 26, 2013 In the movie “The Way” from 2010, Tom is a doctor whose son Daniel is an adventurer. more »»

Editorial: Welcome HOG Rally, we hope you have a good time

July 25, 2013 The Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally is fully under way, and we welcome all of you to our community. We are glad you have chosen Alpena to hold your annual rally. more »»

Fletcher: It might be time to pay up

July 23, 2013 The now discredited economist Lord Keynes said something with which we can all agree: "In the long run, we are all dea. more »»

Stutzman: To visitors, we are the lucky ones

July 22, 2013 Northeast Michigan was under the magnifying glass this month. Most had no idea that we hosted a unique group of guests who had never previously heard of Alpena. more »»

Editorial: APS employees’ sacrifices should be appreciated by everyone

July 19, 2013 The sacrifice being asked of Alpena Public Schools employees is significant, and their willingness to assist the district is appreciated and we believe — noteworthy. more »»

Murch: Now that summer is in full swing ...

July 19, 2013 We've survived another week and now the fun hits Alpena: • The Brown Trout Festival officially kicked off yesterday and the small boat harbor will be the place to b. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

July 19, 2013 Capt. Phelps Collins, Flying ace Q. The Alpena airport, originally named Phelps Collins Airport, was described in the last Q&A column. Some readers wondered, "Who was Phelps Collins?" A. more »»

Editorial: Time for the Brown Trout to take center stage

July 18, 2013 For 38 years now the Michigan Brown Trout Festival has attracted visitors to Alpena and Northeast Michigan and beginning today, the 39th version of this popular event promises to do more of the sam. more »»

Fletcher: Time to change with changing times

July 16, 2013 Last week I wrote about flaws in health care and the disconnect between seller and buyer in that marketplace. more »»

Personal responsibility of immense volume

July 15, 2013 I’m a fan of good quotes. They inspire me. But I usually keep them to myself so I’m not an annoying quote person. Today though, I have one that is perfect for this article. more »»

Editorial: Numbers backup MSP’s initiative

July 12, 2013 Everyone seems to love statistics these days, so here are some for you this morning. ? 20,000 motor vehicles. ? 1,100 feet of highway. ? 20 separate business driveways. ? 157 automobile accidents. more »»

Speer: Positive signs our economy is improving

July 12, 2013 Just how far has the state of Michigan come regarding its business climate in recent years? According to Onaway entrepreneur Tom Moran in a recent magazine article, the answer is very far indeed. more »»



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