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Opinion

‘A pox on both your houses’

Editorials and columns

For frequent readers of this space, let me begin with an apology to those who would hold me accountable for my previous column saying I was swearing off politics until after the first of the year. OK, yes, I fell off the wagon, but how could you not? Every news broadcast and every newspaper ...

Boys and Girls Club buy good for community

Editorials and columns

Brad Somers’ enthusiasm couldn’t be contained recently when speaking to the Alpena Rotary Club. Like a child visiting the North Pole at Christmas, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena shared with Rotary members that he was “ecstatic” to announce the club’s ...

Give smart this Christmas

Editorials and columns

We’ve written about this before, but it’s important in this charitable season to make sure you’re giving smartly. Outright scams are just one of the worries. It’s also important to make sure you give to charities that truly serve the mission you wish to support, that spend most of ...

Legislators nix regulatory overreach

Editorials and columns

In September, Michigan’s Certificate of Need Commission voted to restrict access to a new, potentially lifesaving cancer treatment. Known as “CAR-T,” the Food and Drug Administration-approved procedure programs the body’s own T-cells to attack and kill cancerous cells, allowing ...

Shop local this holiday season

Editorials and columns

We’re sure your holiday shopping is already roaring fully, with just three weeks left till Christmas and both Black Friday and Cyber Monday already behind us. But we hope you’ll pause in the coming days and ponder ways you can shop local this Christmas. We know there are deals all over ...

Pure Michigan cuts hurt real people

Editorials and columns

What’s your quality of life like without kidneys? How long will your car run without spark plugs or a fuel pump? How much more difficult does it become to cook a holiday meal if someone steals your stove? The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Remove any singular part of a ...

Shovel your sidewalks

Editorials and columns

With the first big, heavy snow-dump of the season over the Thanksgiving holiday still sloshing around in our streets and driveways, it’s a good time to remind readers that it’s important to shovel their sidewalks. The city can and does ticket homeowners and — in some cases, renters — ...

Protect yourselves, Northeast Michigan

Editorials and columns

We read with great dismay last week Crystal Nelson’s report that sexually transmitted diseases are on the uptick in Northeast Michigan. While the numbers remain small — 94 known cases this year as of October across the four counties served by District Health Department No. 4 — they are ...

Winter’s beauty is in the eye of the Michigander

Editorials and columns

Enough is enough. Sometimes, that is hard for a news junkie like myself to admit, but, every now and again, I just need a break from reality and I find myself reading trivial but interesting facts. Two sites I stumbled upon this month both dealt with winter in Michigan. The first, from ...

What exactly is the big deal about Ukraine?

Letters to the Editor

As World War II ended, three world leaders met to create a plan to prevent another country (like Germany-led Hitler) from trying to dominate the world and plunge us into another war. Two world leaders, of the U.S. and Great Britain, looked at the third country, Russia, and realized it WAS ...

News ain’t free and other bits of wisdom

Editorials and columns

With a nod to Andy Heller, how ‘bout some quick-hit analyses of the media news of the day? ∫ Bloomberg News says it won’t investigate its founder, Michael Bloomberg, as he spends his way through the Democratic primaries. It won’t investigate his Democratic rivals. But it will ...

Doesn’t this nation have enough problems?

Letters to the Editor

Marijuana was criminalized and illegal. Now, Alpena city leaders are championing the promotion of recreational marijuana. With zero scientific credentials, these city leaders have turned their backs on the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, where marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug on ...

Give to your community this Tuesday

Editorials and columns

Black Friday is behind us, Small Business Saturday is today, Cyber Monday arrives in two days, and Tuesday will be Giving Tuesday — 24 hours for residents to share their generosity this holiday season to local nonprofits in need. Now in its fifth year, Giving Tuesday five years ago raised a ...

Life is more complicated than some think

Letters to the Editor

Jackie Krawczak advises us that the real consequence of Venetian flooding is not that the city — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is sinking into the lagoon, or that the flooding is such an increasingly dire issue that the New York Times has published an article for tourists on what to ...

Nov. 10, 2020 will be the true Thanksgiving

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ This week, at one of his rallies, President Donald Trump told supporters that the same unnamed liberals who won’t allow us to say Christmas are now after Thanksgiving. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room I know loves ...

Enbridge practices winter pipeline safety

Letters to the Editor

This time of year, most of us turn our attention to winter safety. As part of our ongoing safety programs, though, we prepare year-round for winter weather conditions, including those surrounding Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. In the unlikely event of an incident, we want to ensure we are ...

Think brain health in this year’s holiday gifts

Editorials and columns

As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays and the buying spree known as Black Friday, new findings in medical science can help guide our purchases to improve rather than hurt the persons to whom we have chosen for gifts. While there has been considerable research in middle school and teenage ...

Future is bright for Habitat for Humanity

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 3, 2019, fire, ignited by an electrical shortage, consumed the ReStore and Re-Think Boutique by Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan, a source of support for our mission of “seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and ...

President Donald Trump condones war crimes

Letters to the Editor

Another recent pardon by the president again undermines the ethical rules of engagement as laid out by the Pentagon in accordance with the Geneva Convention. Once again, this president demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge in ethical behavior in, well, practically every aspect of civil ...