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Opinion

What is objectivity? And what is it not?

Editorials and columns

“So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase ...

Support Joe Biden to support hunting, fishing

Letters to the Editor

Northeast Michigan is a bastion of hunting and fishing, and nobody knows better than hunters and anglers the value of wild places to pass our important leisure time. Some of those wild places disappear every day, though we fight to keep them through state and federal public lands protections, ...

News endorses John James for U.S. Senate

Editorials and columns

The Alpena News endorses John James for U.S. Senate. We believe that government runs best when there is a balance of power between the various branches. As we see this election, there seems little evidence to assume the U.S. House will change leadership, thus we believe it is important for ...

Tired of biased news from Associated Press

Letters to the Editor

I agree with Mike Leow (Oct. 17), as I am sure that many Americans nationwide have the same feeling. My grievance is the biased news of the Associated Press. Every time some event happens, whatever it might be, it is always the right wing militia, and/or some white supremacist, but never any ...

Breaking a close, keeping a garden

Editorials and columns

In England, they used to call the enclosures we call our backyards “closes.” In their closes, people kept livestock and tended their gardens. If a fox came along and broke into their close to “worry” their livestock, they would pop the fox. If someone pilfered from their garden, they ...

Muszynski, Black, Ryhnard serve community

Letters to the Editor

For 10 years I had the pleasure to work with three people who are running for local offices. I was the victim advocate for the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office during this time. Cynthia Muszynski, Keith Edward Black, and Russ Rhynard all care about our community and wish to continue to ...

God for all seasons

Editorials and columns

When we planted our raised garden beds this past spring, I decided to edge one with a row of sunflowers. Within weeks, small tender shoots unfurled and began reaching upward. All summer long they grew, gradually producing large blossoms that tracked the sun’s east-to-west journey across ...

Twain would have had a field day with Trump

Letters to the Editor

Mark Twain once wrote that “man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.” Since blushing often accompanies a lie, this might explain President Donald Trump’s fondness for dyeing his skin orange: It’s difficult to see a blush on a face whose color would provide effective camouflage ...

I’m tired of those who abuse party affiliation

Letters to the Editor

Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, or other, those designations mean something; even having no political affiliation (NPA) is a title that means something. Those claiming to be affiliated with one party, even though they have more in common with another, just to get ...

Denise Burke is right for county prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

Elections have consequences. Many local elections are won and lost by a matter of just a few votes. Which is why YOUR VOTE MATTERS. Our county prosecutor plays a significant role in our criminal justice system. The decisions she makes, such as charging and plea-bargaining decisions, have a ...

Support Dave Karschnick for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to address the voters in Alpena County, District 3 in the City of Alpena. I would encourage you to support Dave Karschnick in his bid to remain your representative on the Alpena County Board of Commissioners. I have known Dave for a number of years as a ...

Will Election Day be the end of the beginning?

Letters to the Editor

Before their demise, the average of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. If you believe that United States history is impervious to this simple fact, you are simply wrong. Those failed civilizations all had a birth and death story. Ours ...

10 reasons why I voted for Joe Biden this year

Letters to the Editor

Why I voted for Joe Biden: 1. Joe Will bring back respect for America with our longtime friends and allies, developing nations and even our adversaries. They know they can believe what he says. 2. Joe will reengage America in the worldwide effort to address and confront the looming ...

Wake up, Dems, to what the party has become

Letters to the Editor

This is not your father’s Democratic Party. Although I vote with/for conservatives, I hate the Republican Party more than I do the Democratic Party. The real problem in Washington, D.C. is the establishment or “Deep State,” which consists of entrenched politicians and bureaucrats on both ...

We need to require civic education in schools

Letters to the Editor

The election has already started. Early voting/absentee voting/mail-in voting whatever you want to call it is happening everywhere at a record-breaking pace The actual Election Day, Nov. 3 is nearly here. So, it is time to talk about what should come next in Northeast Michigan. And ...

Moochers and givers: Who is fooling who?

Letters to the Editor

Without doing any research, in which states do you think people pay the most taxes to the federal government? Which states get back more than they pay in? In reality, there are 37 states, including Michigan, that take more tax money from other states than we pay in. The worst moocher states ...

President Donald Trump needs your vote, folks

Letters to the Editor

Remember that this president does not operate in a vacuum. Without the full support and encouragement of the United States Congress and the Republican Party, the president of the United States could never do many of the things that he has done and is already doing. Donald J. Trump needs your ...

Joel Bauer has ability, commitment to serve

Letters to the Editor

I worked with Joel Bauer when I was a private attorney practicing in northern Michigan, and Joel has appeared before me in my current position as a Presque Isle County Probate and Family Court judge. Joel is exceptionally well-qualified to be your next Circuit Court judge. He has been a ...

Get in the arena before you criticize teachers

Letters to the Editor

Recently I learned that Alpena school board member Ned Heath commented, “There’s not a lot of teaching going on” while discussing current learning plans within Alpena Public Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alpena has some of the most dedicated educators I have ever seen who were ...

Criticism of The Alpena News is simply petty

Letters to the Editor

For the nearly 50 years of my Alpena News subscription, I have never observed the petty comments as I have in the last few months. The comments on the “letters policy” and what constitutes a “great newspaper” are feckless predilections of an ersatz pedant. His criticism of the lack of a ...