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Chambers’ stances show complexity of sales tax proposal

March 14, 2015 The challenge to passing Michigan’s Proposal 1, or the state’s sales tax for transportation proposal, best can be seen in how two chambers of commerce recently reacted to it. more »»

Keep sunshine on local government

March 14, 2015 Sunday begins Sunshine Week across the United States. It is a time when Americans are reminded that open government is good government. At least that is the desire of most of us. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

March 14, 2015 M-32/Washington Avenue history Q. Readers Judy and Gary Dawley are curious about the "when and how" of construction of M-32/Washington Avenue along the river in Alpena, starting at Washington Par. more »»

Ending DST wouldn’t work

March 14, 2015 With all respects to my friend Andy Heller (and for the record, I have sent him a copy of my column so he knows my side of the argument), getting rid of Daylight Savings Time altogether is not a... more »»

ARMC’s healthy tips for National Nutrition Month

March 14, 2015 ARMC is celebrating March as National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is “Bite into a healthy lifestyle. more »»

God’s solution

March 14, 2015 The look of death was in their eyes. So close to reaching the promised land. Forty years of trudging through the desert can get to you, I imagine. more »»

Running water in city good insurance against frozen pipes

March 13, 2015 This winter has been cold, especially the record setting 6.6 degree average for Alpena in February. more »»

Debate on body cameras heats up

March 13, 2015 Somewhere out there, Eric Arthur Blair is smiling. Mr. Blair, who wrote under the name George Orwell, penned a nifty little tome called Nineteen Eight-Four in which he coined the term "Big Brother. more »»

Racism can show up anywhere

March 12, 2015 Just days ago, Americans had reason to celebrate the virtual destruction of institutionalized racism in our countr. more »»

The interesting role of interest rates

March 11, 2015 Federal Reserve board President Janet Yellen has testified before Congress that the Fed is going to raise interest rates in the near future. more »»

President should provide help to wipe out Boko Haram

March 11, 2015 In what counts — displays of pure evil — there is no difference between Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya and their cousins with Boko Haram in Nigeria. more »»

Lessons learned on way to 500

March 10, 2015 We did it. We reached an impressive and monumental milestone at the Chamber of Commerce. We received our 500th member last week (and a few more since!). more »»

We must continue to protect rights of all Americans

March 10, 2015 All Americans should be deeply grateful widely institutionalized racism seems to have been eradicated in our country. That is not to say bigotry does not exist. more »»

Abuse of alcohol ruins lives; time to stop the toll

March 9, 2015 Abuse of drugs such as painkiller pills and heroin is taking a terrible toll in West Virginia. Thousands of lives have been ruined or ended prematurely during the epidemic. more »»

Transparency rule broken with Clinton using personal email

March 7, 2015 Liberal critics of a continuing investigation of the Sept. more »»

Obama’s only interest is his way

March 6, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he is less interested in Americans doing things better than in doing them his way. That needs to stop, especially in regard to public schools. more »»

American’s should do something about Iran’s nuclear weapons claim

March 5, 2015 Reaction by President Barack Obama and some other liberals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning about Iran’s weapons buildup was curious, to say the least. more »»

The Rule of 72’s is the shorthand way

March 5, 2015 There is a ton of information out there on the Internet and some of it is even true. more »»

It’s not us vs. us, it’s just Us

March 3, 2015 Competition is a fickle friend. Or, is competition a foe? It depends on how you look at it. Personally, if you tell me something is a competition I will run the other wa. more »»

It’s not the Republicans who won’t compromise

March 3, 2015 President Barack Obama blames Republicans for gridlock in government. They just won’t compromise, he claims. more »»



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