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Opinion

Homelessness: More than empty desks

Editorials and columns

Teachers don’t like empty desks. Occasionally, an empty desk means a student is off doing something fun — a family vacation, a field trip, a sports tournament. In those cases, we feel happy for our students and try to remember that some things are more important than school. Of course, ...

We must teach work ethic

Editorials and columns

We read with great dismay reporter Crystal Nelson’s Saturday dispatch in which she told us of area employers’ struggle to find workers. Some of the struggle is understandable: A culture that until recently has pushed four-year university degrees over skilled trades training has left a ...

Feelings from the fairgrounds

Editorials and columns

For many years, our high school was located on 2nd Avenue. There were no adjacent athletic fields, so buses transferred athletes to the fairgrounds for football practice and for baseball and track practices and competitions. This spring, I returned to the fairgrounds. I walked across the old ...

State budget has real-life implications

Editorials and columns

We understand those of us who have watched the bickering and blaming in Lansing over the state budget and see it as one more exhibit proving government’s dysfunction, one more reason to throw up your hands and disengage. It’s hard to be inspired when our leaders, unable to find common ...

APS is right to protect its bottom line

Editorials and columns

Alpena Public Schools teachers, staffers, administrators, students, and parents have all made sacrifices to help the district’s budget. Those sacrifices have yielded results. The district has gone from $1.6 million in the red in summer 2014 to more than $4 million in the bank now, enough ...

A president, a comedian, and a glimmer of hope

Editorials and columns

Over the past several years, I have written a lot about the lack of civility in the world today. More specifically, my opinions have focused on the lack of civility in politics, and how the erosion of common decency in that environment has been eroding the public’s trust in politicians and ...

Trump’s foreign policy is to protect Trump

Letters to the Editor

The alliances in the Middle East are very complicated. They are very tribal, very religious, and centuries-old. The Turks hate the Kurds, and the the Kurds hate ISIS. Obama crafted an alliance of many countries, all concerned about ISIS, to “hire” the Kurds to fight on the ground against ...

Watch out for who the real scam artists are

Letters to the Editor

I read the Alpena News Article in Saturday’s paper dated Sept. 21, 2019 regarding scams. The local scams are conceived and perpetrated by those who live in our communities, go to our churches, and whose children go to school with our children. For pure greed the City of Alpena undertook ...

Welcome back, dear warbler

Editorials and columns

Over the years, one of Northeast Michigan’s greatest success stories has been the restoration of Kirtland warbler habitat. By restoring jack pines across the region, the bird’s numbers have climbed to the point where, today, they have been removed from the federal list of endangered ...

Tell Senate, Whitmer to protect counseling

Editorials and columns

A few weeks ago, the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association posted a plea on its Facebook page indicating that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) was proposing updates to the licensing rules governing licensed professional counselors. the rules would ...

In my great and unmatched wisdom …

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ My favorite Donald Trump tweet of the week was the one where he said that, “in his great and unmatched wisdom,” he was pulling troops out of northern Syria. Honestly, who, besides the Wizard of Oz, talks like that? ∫ In my great and unmatched wisdom, we ...

Celebrating National Newspaper Week

Editorials and columns

For as long as our great nation has existed, newspapers have been part of the fabric that strengthens our democracy and makes our communities stronger. Before James Madison became our fourth U.S. President, he wrote the Bill of Rights and enshrined the freedom of the press into the First ...

Pick up your Old Newsboys edition this weekend

Editorials and columns

Ho. Ho. Ho. No, Christmas is not just around the corner ... even if holiday merchandise can now be found at many merchants around the region. The “Ho, Ho, Ho” mentioned above is a tease to the focal point of the 2019 Lions Old Newsboys edition that only can be purchased today and ...

Let actions speak louder than words

Editorials and columns

Have you ever met a salesperson who told you that you should do business with him or her because they are an “honest person?” I have. It makes me think they are not honest, and makes me not want to do business with that person. I feel they shouldn’t have to tell me they are honest. ...

Dear kids: Vaping isn’t worth it

Editorials and columns

In Saturday’s edition, reporter Julie Goldberg told us that vaping in high schools in Northeast Michigan and beyond has reached, as Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman put it, “epidemic” proportions. Vaping has become so popular that one set of bathrooms at Hillman Jr./Sr. High ...

CTE reform needs more than money

Editorials and columns

Over the summer, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced a campaign to remove stigmas about skilled trades jobs, marking the latest effort in Whitmer’s mission to close the so-called skills gap in Michigan. The governor has also called for increasing per-pupil funding ...

Welcome aboard, Rachael Smolinski

Editorials and columns

The Alpena Municipal Council has picked its replacement for retiring City Manager Greg Sundin. Rachael Smolinski is the current director of the Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority, but she has ties to the Alpena area. The council had a tough task before them, interviewing six ...

Happy homecoming, Alpena!

Editorials and columns

Nothing says fall quite like football, and nothing says football quite like homecoming and Spirit Week. Alpena High School is now counting down the days to the Wildcats’ home game against the Traverse City Trojans on Friday. Reporter Julie Goldberg last week previewed the fun Alpena High ...