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Editorials and columns

Before peace, must have understanding

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness.” — Chuck Palahniuk, “Diary” I am a professional learner. I get paid to ask questions and research topics until I understand things enough to impart my newfound ...

On various sounds and their significance

Noise can mean so many things. By definition, it means a sound, especially one that is loud or unpleasant or that causes disturbance. But not all noise is as bad as the aggressive definition makes it out to be. Alex Ross, a music critic who writes for the New Yorker, wrote an article ...

Only a sober ‘yes’ means ‘yes’

Hope Shores Alliance has planned several events throughout April to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, News staff writer Mike Gonzalez reported recently. The advocacy and support group partnered with schools to talk to students and allow students to create artwork to raise awareness of ...

Alpena County back to the future

One of my favorite movies is “Back to the Future.” It matters not that I know each scene by heart. I can watch Marty McFly and Doc Brown for hours more as they try to grapple with time travel. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd were outstanding in their roles as those two ...

No Labels not going away

No Labels is a nonprofit political organization founded in 2010 with one initial overriding goal: to get Congress working together across party lines to address America’s most pressing issues. Out of the group’s efforts, the Problem Solvers Caucus in the U.S. House was created and now ...

City right to spend down savings

Government leaders should act with fiscal responsibility. And fiscal responsibility includes building up a budgetary cushion to be able to respond to emergencies and cover bills without having to borrow money and repay with interest. But governments, whose money belongs to and whose ...