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Editorial: May a perfect month to become more active

May 11, 2014 After a much-too-long winter and belated start to warmer weather, we finally have what is beginning to resemble spring, and just in time. more »»

What’s your opinion on city department head raises?

May 9, 2014 Alpena taxpayers learned this week that included in the proposed new fiscal year budget are 1.5 percent pay raises for city department heads. more »»

Speer: Teachers make a difference in our lives

May 9, 2014 Today, stop for a minute and reflect upon a teacher who has made a difference in your life. For me, it would have to be my third grade teacher, Mrs. Stahl. Most students feared Mrs. Stahl. more »»

Other Viewpoint

May 8, 2014 Quite probably the minds who came up with paying public retirees a “bonus” pension check when investments were performing well had good intentions. more »»

Adopt-A-Highway program helps keep Michigan beautiful

May 8, 2014 Michigan’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program is one that should be adopted in all 50 states. Without a doubt, our state’s highways are among the cleanest in the country. more »»

Only one explanation: Extremist Islam is scared of little girls

May 8, 2014 There was a method to this madnes. more »»

Instant replay has take away some of baseball’s charm

May 8, 2014 I was watching a close ball game with an old friend when the umpire called a runner out at the plate who was obviously safe. more »»

Trans-Pacific partnership a bad deal for America, American workers

May 8, 2014 PARIS — The good news is that the Obama administration plans to create a lot of new jobs. The bad news is that those jobs will mostly be in Asia. more »»

Detroit bailout gives us Orr’s two-step, political debate

May 8, 2014 You can easily see why Gov. Rick Snyder picked Kevyn Orr to run the City of Detroit. They are two peas in a pod. They are sticklers for details. They are smart. more »»

The safety of America’s power grid

May 6, 2014 We read where the electrical grid system of the United States is largely unprotecte. more »»


May 6, 2014 Institutionalized bigotry was abolished years ago in the United States. Yet, as we are reminded regularly, some Americans' hearts still are closed to the idea of equality. more »»

In drought, fortunes are made and California is thirsty

May 6, 2014 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This summer, even drinking water may be hard to find in some central California towns. This region is in its third year of drought, among the worst in recorded history. more »»

Obama blows off deals with GOP, creating era of bad feeling

May 6, 2014 Second-term presidencies are an opportunity for bipartisan compromise. The institutional stars are in alignment to address long-range problems not amenable in other circumstances. more »»

Krawczak: Don’t lose sight of what you have in common

May 5, 2014 There are some things that other people do that really irritate me. Like when someone stops their grocery cart in the middle of the aisle, oblivious that there might be people trying to get by. more »»

Editorial: Foster parents offer much-needed stability for kids

May 2, 2014 We wish there was no need for foster parents in the world today. But this isn’t utopia, and the stark reality is children aren’t born into this world accompanied by training manuals. more »»

Speer: Balancing environment, energy growth

May 2, 2014 Was I experiencing a classic segment of the “Twilight Zone” as I pulled into the motel parking lot last week? How else would you explain a parking lot filled with pickup after pickup, most crusted i... more »»

Murch: Here comes the rain again ... and again

May 2, 2014 During the winter, the most-often heard refrain was the worn out, but tried and true, “Is it cold enough for you?” It's an annoying question because it seems like the person asking it hasn't nothin... more »»

Editorial: Tax revenue news more like glass half full than half empty

May 1, 2014 Which do you want first, the good or bad news? The bad news is Alpena County officials are looking at a loss of $59,460 in tax revenue. more »»

Fletcher: A perfectly imperfect process

April 29, 2014 “Democracy is direct self-government over all the people, for all the people, by all the people. more »»

Stutzman: Using social media to help Alpena grow

April 28, 2014 Did you know Alpena had a visitor last summer that came to our town after seeing a picture of the community posted on Instagram? We live in a very different world today than we did 10 or even fiv... more »»



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