The Alpena Newshttp://www.thealpenanews.comTop Blogsen-usSat, 19 Apr 2014 15:38:11 EDTSat, 19 Apr 2014 15:38:11 EDT madness is over just like that, March Madness is over. <P> For me, anyway. I suppose if you root for Wisconsin, Kentucky, Conneticut and Florida, it's still on. But my hope for a Michigan-Michigan State final faceoff was doubly dashed Sunday.Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:52:34 EDTThink warm thoughts weekend before last, I decided I wasn't going to let single-digit temps keep me inside, so I drove out to Chippewa Hills pathway and took a snowshoe hike.Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:05:51 EDTCougars, cats and coyotes (and what does the fox REALLY say),-cats-and-coyotes-(and-what-does-the-fox-REALLY-say).htmlDon't pet the cat backwards. Words of advice for any feline lover. Especially if it's a 100-pound cougar stalking through your hunting property.Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:31:29 EDTSyria, chemical weapons and a lecture from Putin,-chemical-weapons-and-a-lecture-from-Putin.htmlWhew! It's Friday, people, and I had quite the blog entry about Syria all written out. It was a fine piece of work, albeit a solid example of armchair geopolitical analysis. <P> But a lot has happened since the.Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:24:12 EDTThe NSA, phone "meta-data" and the Patriot Act.,-phone-"meta-data"-and-the-Patriot-Act..htmlIt's time to fix the Patriot Act. Since the disclosure of phone data collection and Internet data mining by the NSA, Pres. Obama has said he'd be willing to review the law, adopted amid the hysteria immediately following 9/11.Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:42:07 EDT