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Oil reserves create political winners, losers

November 18, 2015 In physics there is a rule which says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In interpersonal relationships this is not so obvious. more »»

When Clinton has gotten rid of coal, the economy will suffer

November 17, 2015 Hillary Clinton must be hoping voters will miss the point of her radical environmental agenda. Perhaps a little misdirection will help in that regard, she may have reasoned. more »»

Keeping the camp tractor running

November 17, 2015 A few quick things about the camp tractor; first, it looks like a tractor: the exhaust pipe points up through the engine cowling. more »»

Keep better tabs on money to Iraqi forces

November 16, 2015 Several weeks ago, members of Congress were wise to ask about progress in a half-billion-dollar project to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Finger-pointing after road bill passes

November 16, 2015 Christmas came early this year for Gov. Nerd as he signed into law what Republicans are calling a road fix capping off a four year wait for sam. more »»

DDA needs to prove parking meters are the right move

November 14, 2015 We’ve been very consistent in our concern, over the years, that paid parking for in downtown Alpena is a regressive form of long-term planning and a problematic obstacle to attracting people here. more »»

Make it a safe and successful hunt

November 14, 2015 It’s time again to paint the woods a bright hunter’s orange. more »»

Coping with grief at the holidays

November 14, 2015 Pat Chambers was a wife, mother of five and grandmother of 12. She loved to garden and enjoyed the beauty of nature. more »»

The sounds of Christmas ... and of need

November 13, 2015 Area residents began hearing the ringing of beautiful holiday bells beginning today at various shopping locations as the Salvation Army began its annual Red Kettle campaign. more »»

A perilous prediction and taller task

November 12, 2015 President Barack Obama’s prediction there will be no peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians before he leaves office in early 2017 certainly was, as he put it, “realistic. more »»

An October filled with learning

November 11, 2015 I’ve had an outstanding October. more »»

We need to get back to gov’t reflecting will of the people

November 11, 2015 Our system of government uses Congress as a vehicle to both reflect the will of the people and at times provide leadership that may not be reflected in public opinion. more »»

Obama wants Americans to stop using fossil fuels, but at what cost?

November 10, 2015 It was bad enough when President Barack Obama used the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for domestic political reasons, to placate his radical environmentalist base. more »»

Re-establish American ingenuity through vocational programs

November 10, 2015 When I was a teenager I went to Texas to visit my Uncle Mike during summer vacation. Uncle Mike is a successful business man who specializes in the welding and fabrication of exotic metals. more »»

Another sign that Obamacare is broken

November 9, 2015 In what many observers viewed as a referendum on Obamacare, Kentucky voters on Tuesday elected only the second Republican governor the state has had in four decades. GOP Gov. more »»

Bill was one of those soldiers

November 9, 2015 Bill is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, he’s in the alley between Lots 4 and 9. His wife and other family members are close by — some in the alley — others no. more »»

And now the blame game over the road funding begins

November 9, 2015 Let's have a show of hands. Everyone who read the headlines that the legislature passed a $1.2 billion road fix plan, raise your hands. more »»

It comes down to moderation for teenagers

November 7, 2015 Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of “the boob tube” that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern. more »»

Politics drives road funding decision

November 7, 2015 Highway robbery. At least that is what it seemed like last weekend traveling through Ohio and Pennsylvania. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

November 7, 2015 Four Mile, Seven Mile dams?? ?Q. Reader Steve Westrope says that the Seven Mile Dam in Alpena's Thunder Bay River is not ?three miles upriver from the Four Mile Dam. more »»



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