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Opinion

We all have to be careful

Editorials and columns

For months, now, closing in on a year, we have heard about the dangers of the coronavirus and heard that some of us — the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions or compromised immune systems — are especially at risk of serious complications if they contract the virus. ...

Whitmer continues attack on virus

Editorials and columns

On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her Michigan COVID Recovery Plan to help tackle the pandemic and its related impact on Michigan workers, businesses, and our economy. That was the latest in a string of some long-awaited good news and hope on the COVID-19 front as our state and our ...

Let the pros save your pets

Editorials and columns

Alpena firefighters recently went into the icy Thunder Bay River to save two dogs, one of whom had gone through the ice and into the frigid waters. That heroic act alone would be worth writing about, to point out to readers the good work of our firefighters. But there’s another ...

This country has and will survive

Editorials and columns

We’ve been here before. Americans fighting other Americans. The horrendous video of an angry mob storming the U.S. Capitol and fighting the authorities is not much different from the young kids who protested the Vietnam war against two sitting presidents and a handful of the kids were shot ...

Support the online film fest

Editorials and columns

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the Thunder Bay International Film Festival online, and we urge our readers to follow the festival there. The festival begins Wednesday and runs through the end of the month. Single-screening tickets cost $10 per feature film or $12 per themed program or ...

Have to do more on mental health

Editorials and columns

A recent two-day series of stories by News staff writer Julie Riddle showed us public officials have few tools at their disposal to help people whose mental illness brings them into contact with the criminal justice system. At any given time, some 40% of Alpena County Jail inmates have a ...

Optimistic message from a man of character

Editorials and columns

Normally, I keep my political thoughts pretty much to myself. But, for those who really know me (meaning I have shared political discussions with them), they know I have always been a Mitt Romney guy. Intrigued by his ties to Michigan, his success in business and organization, and the ...

Bergman must apologize on vote or resign

Letters to the Editor

Yes, stop it … it’s over and the “big lie” regarding the outcome of our recent presidential election propagated by the president and several legislators such as our own Congressman Jack Bergman must acknowledge this fact and apologize for their ongoing, ill-advised position that killed ...

How can you tell if you’re reading fake news?

Editorials and columns

Fake news is the problem of our generation. America seems to be living not just in two realities, but hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of individual realities built by no longer caring about the source of information, only whether the information is something we like. We’ve ...

Never forget Bergman’s vote to undo election

Letters to the Editor

After the horrifying attack on our Capitol building that led to its defacement and five people killed, 147 Republicans still voted to overturn the November election. They wanted Donald Trump to remain in power even though he had clearly lost an election that was certified by every state in ...

America, we’re better than this

Editorials and columns

Not leaving anything to chance, maintenance crews and law enforcement officers across the U.S. began boarding up capitol buildings and erecting barricades around perimeters of the buildings this week. The action came as authorities took seriously the FBI’s announcement that they’d picked ...

Even the GOP may remember Jan. 6, 2021

Letters to the Editor

Originally intended to be about Jack Bergman, this letter must include the events at the U.S. Capitol on June 6. “Congressman” fits better than “Representative” because J.B. cares little about representing all of us. And then he votes after rioters stormed the Capitol at the call of ...

From ice chest to upright freezer

Editorials and columns

I was born in 1943, during that interval of time between ice chests and the ability to plug a full-sized freezer into an electrical outlet. In these “in-between” years, refrigerators came with freezers large enough to hold two ice cube trays or a couple Kool-Aid popsicles — but not ...

Unpaid caregivers forgotten in COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

The posted Michigan COVID-19 vaccine priority list makes no mention of unpaid caregivers. These are the people, usually family members, who attend on a daily basis to the elderly and disabled. We may have only one such person to provide assistance to but frequently we are that person’s ...

Here are some ways to recreate responsibly in winter

Editorials and columns

Winter’s officially here and, along with it, all the opportunities for outdoor recreation that make northern Michigan a great place to spend this time of year. It’s also as good a time as ever to be mindful of the ways we can recreate responsibly, particularly when it comes to our own ...

Northern Lights Arena a great opportunity

Letters to the Editor

My county administer job got me assigned to this project, it instantly flashed me back to 1966. As city planner I was assigned the task to build a community center for a great local Golden Gloves Boxing program housed in an awful building and a need for a basketball court. Just like the old ...

Opinion ad should be labeled as an opinion

Letters to the Editor

Dear editor: First, I would like to commend you for your honest and clearly written editorials in The Alpena News, I am very happy to have you there. Second, I am extremely bothered by a column that has appeared in the weekend edition of the Alpena News for at least the last three weekends, ...

Between banana republic, ‘Brave New World’

Letters to the Editor

Do we lock up our political opponents in America? So far, the answer is no. But for how long will that act be outside the bounds of American politics? Some thought it would be 2016. We know the chants — “Lock her up!” — that raged at Donald Trump’s rallies. Predictably, he never ...

Alpena County Dems condemn insurrection

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena County Democratic Party condemns in the strongest possible terms the coup attempt launched by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. These insurrectionists, which include elected officials and the rioting mob, attempted to overturn the fair election of President-elect ...