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Opinion

Working class not worse off today

Editorials and columns

A recent article says the measurements people often use to evaluate the health of the economy are wrong and suggests that Michiganders are worse off today than they were during the depths of the “Lost Decade,” roughly defined as 2000 to 2009. But that misrepresents both the real ...

Excited for opening of new terminal

Editorials and columns

The first flight to take off from the new terminal at the Alpena County Regional Airport will depart Tuesday, airport officials announced recently. The $13 million terminal was 90% federally funded through the Federal Aviation Administration. We’re excited to see the new terminal finally ...

Counting fights before Election Day

Editorials and columns

When it comes to the issue of voting, the two political parties agree on one thing: that voting is at the heart of the democracy. But, after that, the agreement ends. If you want proof of the political divide, just examine the attitude each party brings to the voting issue. Democrats ...

Be ever-vigilant of scams this tax season

Editorials and columns

Tax season can be a dangerous time for scams. Area police agencies recently told reporter Julie Riddle that scams are bad and getting this worse this tax season. About eight people a day are reporting scams to the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post, Trooper Michael Oliver told ...

Hypocrites in politics and baseball

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ So, let me get this straight. We’re outraged that Michael Bloomberg is spending his own money to run for president, but we’re OK with: 1.) Donald Trump spending his millions to run in 2016, 2.) Trump encouraging and accepting the help of the Russian ...

Glad to see turnout at Polar Plunge

Editorials and columns

We were thrilled to see so many Northeast Michiganders do something apparently stupid for a good cause. Scores of people turned out recently at Long Lake, dressed up in silly costumes, to cast good sense aside and jump into the icy waters. Every jump raised money for the Special ...

We all win if Oscoda wins Michigan space race

Editorials and columns

I’ve heard some disappointment around town this week that Alpena wasn’t selected as the possible site for the proposed horizontal space launch facility. None of that disappointment was heard from this corner. I celebrate the announcement with our neighbors to the south, in Oscoda, as ...

Vote down 2nd Amendment sanctuary policy

Letters to the Editor

Alpena County commissioners will be voting soon on making Alpena County a Second Amendment sanctuary. We should be against this designation for a couple of reasons. Neighboring Montmorency County recently became a sanctuary. Montmorency Prosecutor Vicki Kundinger futilely arguing against the ...

Another one bites the dust … maybe it’s our fault

Editorials and columns

The McClatchy Co. publishes 30 daily newspapers around the country, including some stellar titles such as the Kansas City Star (an early Hemingway employer) and the Idaho Statesman. It also publishes the flagship daily of my home-away-from home in Charlotte, North Carolina. It also filed ...

Why weren’t school buildings maintained?

Letters to the Editor

As a retired senior I resent the fact that I’m being given a guilt trip over the millage vote of our educational system. I have worked and paid property taxes on a homestead, business and recreational properties for 59 years. In those 59 years I can’t add up all the school taxes that were ...

Become informed, then vote yes on March 10

Letters to the Editor

Students, faculty, staff and guests of Alpena Public Schools all deserve a safe, warm and dry place to work, whether they are learning, teaching or supporting activities in myriad ways. As a veteran of over a half-century with APS, I wholeheartedly support the district’s efforts to provide ...

In appreciation of snowplow drivers

Editorials and columns

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column has appeared previously. You can read more of Pugh’s past columns in his book, “The Best of Vignettes,” available for sale at The News, 130 Park Place, Alpena. There was a time when people didn’t take snowplows for granted. It was a time, too, when ...

Parents wait for Whitmer to follow the law

Editorials and columns

More than 175 days and just about as many excuses. That’s what currently stands between the Michigan Department of Education, where state officials are actively hiding school performance data, and Michigan parents hungry for more information about how their kids’ schools are ...

What love is …

Editorials and columns

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 The Way of Love “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not ...

News accepts guest columns

Editorials and columns

The Alpena News accepts guest columns of up to 800 words from individuals whose expertise in and/or personal experience with a subject can offer insights beyond the limits of a letter to the editor. Only subjects affecting Michigan —particularly Northeast Michigan —will be considered. ...

Reaching for the remote during debate

Editorials and columns

With notepad in hand, I saddled up to watch the Las Vegas Democratic debate on Wednesday night. I watched and listened intently for the first hour, then my TV went dark. No, it wasn’t a cable company issue. It was me and my remote agreeing I had seen enough — enough, that is, to see that ...

Congrats, Judge Black

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Ed Black, the new 26th Circuit Court judge. Black was appointed to the post by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. We believe Black is a man of integrity, as displayed by his professionalism while the county’s prosecutor. During that time, Black and the staff he ...

Reading is important

Editorials and columns

Alpena Public Schools officials have announced a plan to do everything possible to make sure no students are held back by a new state law. Under the law, which took effect this school year, any third-grader who fails to meet certain benchmarks on state standardized reading tests can be held ...

Payday lenders hungry for more

Editorials and columns

Last October, I wrote a column in The Alpena News on payday lending, the threat it poses to local residents, and the legislative efforts underway in Lansing to protect borrowers. I noted that rural areas, in particular, are vulnerable to payday lending, and that Alpena County has one of the ...