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Editorials and columns

Share your thoughts on Culligan Plaza

Residents have until 5 p.m. Friday to share their thoughts on the future of downtown Alpena centerpiece Culligan Plaza. The survey is available on the city’s website, alpena.mi.us. The brief, five-question survey asks users how they’ve used the plaza in the past, what features they ...

Time is the only resource that matters

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” — William Penn, “Some Fruits of Solitude” As we listened to the rhythmic clip-clop of the horse drawing our taxi, I felt grateful to spend my time that way, sitting behind a somewhat surly driver telling slightly off-color jokes ...

Sad to see another political altercation

Shameful. That’s the only word we can come up with after seeing another political altercation happening in our area. Just more than a year after a scuffle briefly interrupted an Alpena Public Schools Board of Education forum, an APS school board candidate, George Pena, was apparently ...

It’s clear that we all need rest

Where has our summer gone? For me, it seemed to gallop rapidly along from one busy and full day to the next. About mid-summer, I realized that, unless we put some specific vacation plans in place, we’d soon find ourselves marching into fall with its shorter days and crisp nights, all ...

Youth and Rec gifts show value of tax

Nobody likes to pay taxes, but the $564,800 recently allocated toward 29 projects by the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Committee shows that, sometimes, a little bit of tax money can do a lot of good. The money for the projects comes from a four-year, 0.5-mill tax in Alpena County. That ...

No seconds for Swami

Sometimes, a matter of seconds can make all the difference. The old adage says: ‘If I had left a few seconds earlier or later, this would not have happened.’ People are human and not perfect, so there is a 50/50 chance of things turning out badly because of a delay. Football is the same ...