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Editorials and columns

Much to weigh on Line 5

A rupture of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5, the oil pipeline that runs through Straits of Mackinac on its route from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario, could devastate the environments and economies of shoreline communities on lakes Michigan and Huron — including, within six days of a spill, ...

Restoring immigrants’ licenses helps all

At first, state and federal policies to better support Michigan immigrants may not seem particularly relevant to the Alpena area. But new research from the Michigan League for Public Policy shows that 684,000 immigrants are living, studying, working, and raising families here in Michigan, ...

Michigan labor is counting on Line 5, the Great Lakes Tunnel

Shutting down Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 would be a disaster for Michigan and for workers across the region. That’s why today’s date is so important. Late last year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her intention to shut down Line 5, and to shut it down by May 12. Thankfully, Line 5 is ...

Glad to see progress on water-sewer issue

Last week, Alpena and Alpena Township released a joint statement saying the governing boards of both communities believe a water authority is the best option to end a years-long court battle over water and sewer rates and serve residents long-term. The two sides have fought in court for eight ...

Chief Craig’s uphill battle

Chief James Craig for Governor. Chief who for what? Those are legitimate questions for those who don’t live in Detroit. You see, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who has been the top cop in Motown since 2013 and had 28 years under his holster on the L.A. Police Department, decided to ...

Congrats, MidMichigan, on good report card

For the second evaluation in a row, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena has received an A report card for safety from Washington-based watchdog group Leapfrog. In the spring 2021 Leapfrog rankings, The News reported recently, the Alpena hospital scored above-average in its efforts to prevent ...

Where’s all the beach glass gone?

The latest from Alcona County, “First of the 83,” is the return of beachcombing season. Spring is the best time for that absorbing pursuit. Lake Huron has had another winter to dredge up objects of interest and deposit them on the beach. A fresh supply of fossils — in particular, ...

Today and every day, thank a teacher for what they do

There is probably no other group of people looking forward to the end of this month more than teachers. Roughly three weeks from now, a 14-month roller coaster will reach the gate, a group of weary teachers exiting down the ramp. It’s been a tough coronavirus pandemic for us all, and our ...

‘The joys of a Welfare Christmas’

“I hate those people who love to tell you Money is the root of all that kills They have never been poor They have never had the joy of a Welfare Christmas” — from “I Will Buy You a New Life,” by Everclear I was 7 when my mother remarried and we began a slow climb into ...

Remembering 3 special women this Mother’s Day

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” — Jewish proverb This weekend, the focus should be on all the mothers out there. And well it should, for they are a special breed whose love never seems to be in short supply to their children. For many, it will be a special and ...

School board, listen to ACES students

Last week, News staff writer Crystal Nelson introduced us to one current and one former student of Alternative Choices for Educational Success Academy, Alpena Public Schools’ setting for students who struggled to succeed at Alpena High School. Both students worried about the district’s ...

Getting a deep cleaning

Things are normal until they’re not. Normal can slip away before we know it, leaving an abnormality of which we are unaware. It’s best to check your normal from time to time to make sure it’s still active. I’m about to have my normal checked. When Gertrude Stein said “there is ...

Protect yourselves, your kids, others, with vaccine, precautions

This is a message from your Upper Peninsula hospital leaders and health experts — fellow Yoopers who have endured the hardships of this pandemic alongside you. We’re proud to have the important job of caring for our families, friends, and neighbors. And, having been on the front lines ...

Depressed and still Christian?

Not surprisingly, the Mayo Clinic, Time Magazine, and many other sources report that the number of people dealing with depression has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 crisis began last year. Recently, on his podcast, a popular preacher was discussing the question, “Can a true Christian be ...

Vaccine safe, effective, necessary

Among those who endorse the coronavirus vaccines as both safe and effective: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Hospital Association, the Michigan Department of Health and ...

Party poopers not welcome

As a proud independent voter, I remain convinced the single biggest obstacle we face as a nation is partisan politics. Every few years, we elect people to go to Washington to do our work. We hire 435 House of Representatives members and 100 senators whom we employ, and pay them with our tax ...

Elected officials, your bar is higher

We shook our heads in sadness to read in recent weeks of not one but two state lawmakers charged with drunken driving. First, police in early April in Livingston County arrested state Rep. Jewell Jones, a Democrat from Inkster, for allegedly driving drunk, resisting arrest, and illegally ...

Scammers using COVID-19 pandemic to make money

Just when one thinks they’ve seen it all, scammers have contrived a way to use the COVID-19 pandemic to make money — your money, as it turns out. Here’s the story. According to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, scammers are contacting survivors of people who have died of the ...

State needs ‘regulatory sandbox’

Are regulations good or bad — or somewhere in between? It shouldn’t be a hard question. The answer depends on what the government is trying to accomplish by issuing a regulation and whether the regulation meets that end. But, in general, a regulation should achieve a specific purpose ...

Sex assault needs community attention

The numbers don’t lie: Sex assault is a serious problem in Northeast Michigan. As News staff writer Julie Riddle reported this weekend following an exhaustive, weeks-long investigation, state data shows Alpena County police received more than 300 reports of sexual assaults over the last ...