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Pettalia, Stamas: What about our democracy?

January 2, 2016 How does democracy work? Your state representative, Peter Pettalia and State Senator, Jim Stamas of Midland entered companion bills which, if passed and signed by the governor, give permission to... more »»

Christians are being criticized even today

January 2, 2016 Attacks on Christmas, second amendment rights, individual exceptionalism and personal responsibility, and innocent human beings both politically and even deadly. more »»

Merchants, stop taking Christ out of Christmas

December 26, 2015 Recently I spoke with a salesperson in the “Seasonal” area (where you really have to look to find the word Christmas) at Meijer. I wanted to purchase a manger scene — but they didn't have any. more »»

Bring addiction conversations out to the open

December 26, 2015 It was good to see the article in Saturday's paper concerning a young man's struggle and eventual death from heroin addictio. more »»

What a wonderful keepsake supplement

December 26, 2015 Bravo Zulu on the special on the Island. That one is a keeper. Kudos to the photographers, writers and layout people. It's beautiful. more »»

Doctor hasn’t retired yet, so don’t believe rumor

December 24, 2015 We don't know what you might have heard about Dr. Mark Smith. We heard he retired, but that is wrong, as he isn't retiring until March. He thought he had friends here, but they didn't want him. more »»

Besser Male Chorus Christmas concert a joy

December 24, 2015 I do not know how many people in our community were fortunated enough to have heard the Besser Male Chorus this Christmas season, but to have missed out on such a treat is unfortunate. more »»

Too many things taking away our liberties

December 19, 2015 Kudos to Steve Fletcher for your recent column about “criminal scum.” It couldn't be any plainer, truthful, and covered all the bases. more »»

Everyone being armed is not a good solution

December 19, 2015 Stephen Fletcher, in a column posted on 12/9, stated that we are safer as a country because he knows 80-year-old women who have legally purchased .45 caliber snub nose pistols in their purse. more »»

Price of tickets affect number of enplanements

December 19, 2015 Reading your Wednesday article on Alpena airport enplanements being down this year, perhaps if the plane fare to Detroit improved so would the number of enplanements. more »»

The importance of personalized nutrition

December 19, 2015 People are different. As such, it is short-sighted to make blanket recommendations for all people, especially when it comes to nutrition and nutritional supplements. more »»

There needs to be more concern about ARMC

December 18, 2015 People in Alpena are far more interested in their water rates than the hospital. more »»

Catholicism is the original Christian faith

December 18, 2015 I am writing in regards to Jason Ogden's article "Household harmonious with three religions at Christmas. more »»

We need new approach to win war on drugs

December 12, 2015 We are not winning the war on drugs. It is a failed policy that has cost the U.S. trillions in national treasure. There are several things we can do at the local level. more »»

Michigan moving toward state of capitalism

December 12, 2015 Is Michigan moving closer to a form of state capitalism? That is where the state intervenes in the economy to protect and advance the interest of large scale businesses by extracting profits throug... more »»

Go back to original intent of 2nd Amendment

December 12, 2015 For those of you who also receive the Detroit News/Detroit Free Press in addition to the Alpena News, you saw that Mitch Albom in his Sunday column says the 2nd Amendment is 224 years old and is... more »»

Designated lanes vital to get through traffic

December 5, 2015 As Alpena grows, it is essential that Alpena expands its infrastructure. While it is necessary, there is a danger that in the process taxes will be raised or debts will be incurred. more »»

Christians, Muslims are not that different

December 5, 2015 The Rev. Erickson’s column of Nov. 21 captioned, “Church calendar,” sounds eerily like the clerical end–times ravings of the current Saudi. more »»

New bridge a wonderful addition to Alpena

December 5, 2015 While driving past the hospital today, I looked across the street and focused on the beautiful covered bridge that was gifted to our community by a group of individuals who came together and built... more »»

All colleges should fly American flag

December 5, 2015 Any college that will not fly the american flag because it offends some of their students should lose all federal money. Another option for the foreign students that are offended by our flag go home. more »»



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