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Editorials and columns

Reporting car-deer crashes

Question: “Driving around recently I noticed at least 10 dead deer on the side of the highway that were not there a couple of days. What are the requirements when someone hits a deer? Is it legal to take the deer home if I hit the deer? Can I take the deer home if I find it on the side of the ...

Welcome aboard, Joseph Gentry

Joseph Gentry has taken over as executive director of the United Way of Northeast Michigan, telling The News his goal is to focus the United Way’s grant-giving on those who earn too much to qualify for public assistance but too little to meet basic needs. A United Way study found some 44% ...

Serving those who have served

Veterans Day was Monday and we have had our annual wave of gratitude for our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen sprinkled throughout sporting events, TV shows and elected officials’ social media. That is certainly well-earned, and, in many cases, literally hard-fought, but we need to ...

Go get ‘em, history-making Hillman

The Hillman High School football team heads to Pickford on Friday as history-makers. Last Friday, the Tigers became regional champions for the first time in the program’s history, defeating Cedarville in a 48-44 thriller on the frozen field at Hillman High. The regional title game also ...

Hunting season performances

Can the rough stuff! Set aside that barbed comment resting on the tip of your tongue, forgo the withering, polarizing glance waiting behind eyelids held purposely closed, refrain from advancing unsupportable, divisive arguments that will gain no friends worth embracing, burn no bridges ...

Michiganders care not about inside baseball on state budget

Last month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer singlehandedly fired off 147 vetoes of state services, totaling over $947 million in cuts. She admitted she did it in part to get the Republicans back to the budget bargaining table to iron out their differences. Her legions of critics pounced on the ...

Share your Christmas memories with us

At The News, we’re already counting down the days until the Christmas season begins. We only have 13 publication days left before we begin our annual tradition of running at least one front-page Christmas-themed story every edition until the big day. From Black Friday through Christmas ...

Thank you for this freedom, dear veterans

Were in not for brave men and women who adorned this nation’s uniform and rushed headlong into battle, we might not be able to write this editorial. Were it not for soldiers who brandished this nation’s armor and stepped resolutely into the trenches, you might not be able to discuss the ...

Dispatches from an Alpena World War I vet

Monday is Veterans Day — a day to honor and thank veterans of the many wars in which the United States has found itself involved over the years. With the holiday looming, I recently was contacted by Luanne Brennan, a realtor in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. Brennan had just gone through a ...

Political coverage has become a vile Rorschach test

“At his second sporting event in a week, and just days after news emerged that he had changed his residency to Florida instead of New York, Mr. Trump received a very loud, mixed reaction as he headed toward his seat next to the octagon as “Back in Black” by AC/DC blared throughout the ...

Welcome back, red kettles!

Red kettles began appearing around the community on Friday, marking the official start to the 2019 Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign. This year, Salvation Army officials have set a goal of $160,415 to be raised for its annual Christmas campaign. Of that amount, they are hoping to realize ...

What Dems can learn from Barry Sanders

Come Heller high water … ∫ I wish Democrats would follow the example of the great Barry Sanders and hand the ball to the ref when they score a touchdown, instead of acting like total ... ∫ Have fun inserting the last word there. For the record, I was thinking “dipsticks.” How ...

Season of giving never ends in NE Michigan

It’s the melding of two seasons. It’s pumpkins and dried cornstalks at one home, while the next-door neighbor’s porch is adorned with poinsettias and twinkle lights. It’s a horror movie on one channel, and a calming Christmas movie on the next. It’s a pumpkin spice latte while ...

Dental divinity

My dentist loves me. Maybe don’t tell him I said so, though. After all, we’ve only just met. After my regular dental practice closed, I had to find a new caretaker for my teeth. A practice near my work had room for a new patient, so scheduled a visit. The man who shook my hand the day ...

Asking, what would Josie do?

It was shortly after midnight when I when I reached over to check on my wife, Josie, as I had done three or four times that night. She had a particularly bad day, struggling with her breathing, along with some leftover pain from a recent knee replacement. Earlier, I had wanted to take her to ...

Alpena’s true heroes

Hero, as defined by Webster’s dictionary, is “one who shows great courage.” That being the case, all of us know a number of heroes from this community. As we looked down Chisholm Street on Sunday, one of those heroes was silhouetted against the sun sneaking out from behind a cloud. ...

Our schools are incredible

There are some incredible things going on in our local schools. Sure, I have my frustrations with our education system, but most of those are because of what happens at the state level and not our local level. The biggest frustration I have at the local level stems from factors outside of ...

Yes, we must stay true to ourselves

At the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Alpena breakfast on Friday, several of the city’s economic development experts told the crowd it’s important for Alpena to maintain its identity as development takes off. “Being us is really important,” Jim Klarich, economic ...

Utilities overlook long-term solar costs

Michigan’s monopoly utilities, DTE and Consumers Energy, say that environmental sustainability is one of their key emphases. As evidence, they cite their push to close coal plants and massively expand their industrial solar generation facilities. Despite their claimed interest in ...

Glad to see APS buildings stay occupied

Across too many towns in Michigan, as the school-aged population declined and as the Great Recession and Lansing politicians sapped school districts of revenue, school buildings closed up shop. Mostly, elementary schools closed, school district’s fewer and fewer students consolidated into ...