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Uncle Sam needs DREAMers

May 25, 2014 A plan to allow some young people to serve in the U.. more »»

What successful political leaders have in common

May 25, 2014 A long time ago, I learned from Bill Schneider, a very wise man, that in order to understand American politics, you have to understand the differences between an ideologue — a believer in a defined... more »»

An address we’ll never hear because of today’s politics

May 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America’s consciousness. more »»

Dropped flight to Minneapolis a loss

May 24, 2014 I’m just a statistic. More specifically, I’m just an emplanement in the eyes of the Federal Aviation Administration and Alpena County Regional Airport. more »»

Matthias’ ambitious goal for Hillman school is admirable

May 24, 2014 We appreciate men and women with vision. We applaud those who can dream about making our communities better, stronger, healthier and more vibrant. more »»

Summertime and music go hand in hand

May 24, 2014 “What a beautiful noise Comin' up from the street It's got a beautiful sound It's got a beautiful beat “It's a beautiful noise Goin' on ev'rywhere Like the clickety-clack Of a train on a... more »»

Questions, Anyone?

May 24, 2014 Alpena Packing House Q. Reader Judy Reimann would like to know more about the Alpena Packing House where her mother worked and her grandfather was an owner sometime in the 1930s and 1940s. A. more »»

Saying ‘no more’

May 24, 2014 By HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN/ALPENA For many parents, it’s what they fear most: the death of their child. more »»

Minimum wage increase may lead to choosing ‘lesser of two evils’

May 23, 2014 Michigan’s minimum wage already is higher than the federal government’s $7.25, but it could increase from $7.40 an hour to $9. more »»

Real incentives go a long way

May 21, 2014 Have you ever had thoughts just stick in your brain that won’t go away? I’ve got two of those right now. The first is a lyric: “Just call me Angel of the morning, Angel. more »»

Consider your vantage point

May 20, 2014 I think through a lot of different topics, and come up with many of my best ideas while I am working out or walking the dog. more »»

IRS needs to take EITC fraud seriously

May 19, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop them. more »»

Gray: Beyond six-pack abs: Training for the game of Life

May 19, 2014 The sleek covers of men's muscle magazines and women's glamour magazines send us the message that we should create bodies of steal that shimmer in the sun, and tighten with every move. more »»

After the war Motley marries, brings family to Alpena

May 19, 2014 In the spring of 1863 Alpena resident George Motley and his 55th Ohio had just settled in for a dinner when all of a sudden scores of birds and animals scampered out of the woods around them,... more »»

A milestone worthy of celebration

May 17, 2014 “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. more »»

Road repair funding may finally arrive

May 17, 2014 Could we at long last be reaching some consensus on funding for road repairs? A number of interesting items occurred this week in Lansing that could impact the repair of potholes around the region... more »»

The truth is we are all sinners

May 17, 2014 I am a sinner. And I was raised by sinners. That I am a sinner I've always known. I could be frightfully, stubbornly difficult. But my parents? Well, it took me a while to digest their sinfulness. more »»

Prevention, knowing when to seek help for good mental health

May 17, 2014 Good mental health is within most people's reach, according to John Eagan, LMSW, ACSW; social worker at Alpena Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Services. more »»

A way to thank those who serve our country

May 16, 2014 Can we ever say “thank you” enough? When it comes to veterans, or those serving our country in the armed services, the answer is “No” — they deserve our appreciation every minute of every day. more »»

Moon Dimple mad at Rutgers students

May 16, 2014 "People don't have respect for anybody or anything these days," my back home pal Moon Dimple grumbled. What's the matter, I said. more »»



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