Opinion

Monday morning quarterbacking Posen story

Editorials and columns

I strive for perfection — both personally and professionally. It is a plateau I ever will achieve? The answer is most assuredly not. Knowing that I never will attain perfection does not stop me from pursuing that goal, however. I need to grow and improve daily. Learning is an experience ...

Medicare for All, not GoFundMe for the sick

Letters to the Editor

In America, we have a health care system that makes industry executives a fortune while ordinary people are forced to crowdfund to survive. A quarter-million GoFundMe campaigns are launched each year to pay for medical bills; $650 million is spent on medical GoFundMe campaigns annually; 90% ...

Trust is our currency, and we’re running low

Editorials and columns

For weeks, I’ve been staring at a copy of Editor & Publisher on my desk, knowing I’d have to deal with it in this column at some point. I’ve tried to avoid E&P’s nasty two-page spread full of charts and graphs, one of which keeps croaking at me like Poe’s raven: A survey of ...

Maybe we all need Newspapers in Education

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 28, The Alpena News carried a column by Dr. Walter E. Williams headlined, ‘The beginning of US slavery was not beginning of democracy.” Then, two days later, the front-page headline reads: “Students struggle on social studies tests.” Is perhaps the cure of the latter in ...

Come on out to Senior Expo!

Editorials and columns

Readers won’t want to miss The Alpena News’ Senior Expo Sept. 18 at the APlex. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day, residents can learn more on a variety of subjects that are particularly geared toward some of our community’s retired population. Of course, one only is as old as he or ...

Do they see the irony in using walls for unity?

Letters to the Editor

In the article in Monday’s paper about the Posen Potato Festival, Livonia resident and President Donald Trump supporter Rob Cortis is quoted saying his “message is to unite America on a positive message, on things that will benefit Americans across America — all America.” The symbol ...

Heller on Jarts, vaping, and guns

Editorials and columns

People who know me know my lifelong obsession with Jarts. If you’re younger than 40, you probably have no idea what those are. They were — and are — the world’s best lawn game, consisting of two plastic rings placed 20 or so paces apart into which you lob Jarts, which are winged darts ...

Dismayed by Posen Potato Festival coverage

Letters to the Editor

I would like to express my dismay in your article on the Posen Potato Festival in the Sept. 9, 2019 edition of The Alpena News. As a descendant of Polish immigrants and a supporter of (true) unity, it was disheartening to see you use this community event, and a community fiercely proud of its ...

Women’s Health Unit took good care of family

Letters to the Editor

I would like to use this space to brag about the amazing experience I had bringing my daughter, Molli, into this world at the Alpena Women’s Health Unit at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena this past June. From the doctor to the CRNA to the nurses to those who cleaned our room, I can’t ...

Dear Whitmer, Legislature: Show us leadership

Editorials and columns

In politics, those on the sidelines like to distinguish between “winners” and “losers.” Sometimes, though, there is neither. Take Michigan budget talks, for instance. Earlier in the week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders announced they were going to work together to get a ...

Could you be a bit more specific?

Editorials and columns

Could you please be a bit more specific? The world doesn’t exist in black and white. There is a whole spectrum of gray in between, so details are important. It is difficult to take someone seriously when they use broad-sweeping terms without data to support a claim, or without specific ...

Hope Shores renovations not just aesthetic

Editorials and columns

Close to $20,000 in grant funding was used recently to spruce up the back yard at the Hope Shores Alliance shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. Upgrades included power-washing and painting porches and stairs, replacing overgrown landscaping, painting ...

Attacks on Schools of Choice unfounded

Editorials and columns

Over the past couple years, some of the nation’s loudest opponents of school choice have been quick to fix their sights on Michigan, the home of the U.S. education secretary they eagerly vilify. They sacrifice important facts and context for the sake of perpetuating a convenient political ...

Let’s give our vets a lift

Editorials and columns

Reporter Steve Schulwitz informed us last week that the van area military veterans count on for transportation to doctor’s appointments downstate has broken down. The van, which provided some 1,100 veterans transportation, broke down much sooner than expected, leaving the Disabled American ...

MSP reinventing the chain of command

Editorials and columns

A revolutionary internal movement is quietly underway at the Michigan State Police, with a new sheriff in town (or should we say colonel) who is trying to “scrub” some of the department’s time-honored traditions with the aim of bringing more than just paramilitary types into the trooper ...

ACC proves it’s a value people want

Editorials and columns

Enrollment at Alpena Community College increased 5% this fall over last, The News’ Julie Goldberg reported Thursday. That increase, both in headcount and credit hours, happened even as other northern Michigan community colleges actually lost students and credit hours. ACC President Don ...

Beware when giving money to hurricane victims

Editorials and columns

Hurricane Dorian has pummeled the Bahamas, skimmed Florida, and blew floods into the Carolinas. Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless. Knowing our readers as we do, we are sure that many of you are looking for ways to help, checkbooks at the ready. But beware. The ...

Whitmer was right to go after flavored e-cigs

Editorials and columns

I support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s tough stance this week toward flavored electronic cigarettes. On Wednesday, Michigan became the first state in the nation to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. Whitmer said the sweet-smelling and -sounding flavors and deceptive advertising methods were ...

The right to bear arms shall not be infringed

Letters to the Editor

Kenneth Oke, in his letter in the Saturday, Aug. 24 Alpena News, claims “Citizens should not own weapons of war.” He states that citizen-owned weapons should be limited to one shot at a time and registered. Using that inference, he should also agree that the First Amendment would not ...

Good news, bad news in the world of journalism

Editorials and columns

Good news: The News launches Outdoors page Beginning with the Sept. 14 edition, The News will launch a new page dedicated to coverage of the outdoors. It’ll appear in the middle of B Section, just after the local sports pages, every Saturday. The page will feature columns from Northeast ...