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The effects of current gas prices

January 21, 2015 Editor Bill Speer and I have a verbal contract concerning this column. He doesn’t pay me nor control anything I writ. more »»

Pipeline opposition should recall 1973 Arab oil embargo

January 20, 2015 An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil... more »»

Administration failed by not going to Paris

January 19, 2015 By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris last weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1. more »»

Strong economy brings strange result — unhealthy budget

January 17, 2015 It’s looking as if this could be a “rocky” year for Michigan taxpayers. Ironically, a potential shortfall in tax money for the state would be caused by a robust and vibrant state economy. more »»

Price of gas impacts almost everything

January 17, 2015 Is the current price of gasoline a blessing or a curse? The answer to that is somewhat akin to which came first, the chicken or the egg? It is times like this where I wish I could quickly ask Alpena... more »»

Do we care enough about history any more?

January 17, 2015 How important is history to today's society? I love history and view as an important part of what drives us forward because we learn so much from both successes and failures. more »»

Gynecologists recommends regular testing to detect cervical cancer

January 17, 2015 For many women the annual pelvic exam and Pap smear have been a routine part of their health maintenance and prevention of cervical cancer. more »»

More to learn, experience about Jesus

January 17, 2015 Last weekend I took our twins outdoors for an afternoon of sledding. Quite honestly, it's been years since I have been to Norway Ridge trails off Werth Road. more »»

A number we thought we’d never see again

January 16, 2015 Finally, it has arrived. Tuesday gas prices in Alpena dipped below the $2 a gallon mark, ranging in price around the city from $1.97 to $1.99. more »»

A more efficient government

January 14, 2015 This column is all about structure as in systems design and economics. more »»

Finding the perfect running shoes

January 13, 2015 I have been running for many years. I don’t necessarily enjoy the running itself, but I really enjoy the way I feel after, and the challenges I can give myself during a ru. more »»

Obama ignoring the results of November elections

January 13, 2015 American voters sent a clear message last fall. Apparently, President Barack Obama wasn’t paying attentio. more »»

Evaluate, not dismiss, reaction to Ebola

January 12, 2015 Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. more »»

Encouraging news about the airport, service

January 10, 2015 We have been encouraged by news stories this week that the Minneapolis connection from Alpena was so well received that it could be partially responsible for the lower enplanement numbers at the... more »»

I am Charlie; we are all Charlie

January 10, 2015 "Je Suis Charlie." "I am Charlie. more »»

Moving fast, trying to stay warm

January 10, 2015 I don't know about you, but January 2015 is starting to seem a lot like January 2014, in other words cold. I wonder if there will be a January thaw this year. more »»

New contribution limits make 401(k) plans even more attractive

January 10, 2015 If you are interested in saving for retirement, here's some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. more »»

Used gifts

January 10, 2015 So what did YOU get for Christmas? Yes, yes, I know. It’s not all about the gifts. But you have to admit, it’s fun to open something that’s been picked out just for you. more »»

Terrorists don’t win with attack on Charlie Hebdo

January 9, 2015 We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate — even encourage — severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. more »»

Hopes, dreams for 2015

January 7, 2015 I believe that I have beaten all of my previous records for breaking New Year’s resolutions. I didn’t have any specific ones, but I did have general guideline. more »»



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