Editorials and columns

Biden’s cancer fight does not disqualify him

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. ...

An important week is coming up in Michigan’s Line 5 drama

As any Michigan student will know from their studies, in 1837, before Michigan was admitted to the union as a state, a dispute with Ohio had to be worked out. When the smoke cleared from that dispute, a contested strip of land that includes the city of Toledo was deeded to Ohio. In exchange, ...

Journalists should not be pack animals

I have and will continue talking about the virtues of journalists and newspapers and defending the work they do, because I think a free and independent press is vital to a functioning democracy. But I don’t want to imply journalists are without fault. Last weekend, I watched “When ...

Do we need an island drone law?

On the surface, it seems harmless enough. After all, who wants to envision runaway horses on Mackinac Island of all places? Allegedly to prevent that from happening, and to ensure the historic charm of the island, sitting on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk this week is legislation that allows ...

I’m old-school — just deal with it

At 58, I like to think I’m still a hip, happenin’ guy. But, as it turns out, I’m not. Out of 20 “old-school” behaviors that a USA Today article says positively no one does anymore, I still do 12. Possibly 14. But definitely not more than 16. OK, it was 18. For instance, I still ...

The gravity of the situation

Forget climate change for a moment. Let’s talk about something with real gravity. It’s probably just me, but is gravity getting stronger? Could it be that gravity and age are related? Maybe it is that size does matter. Whatever the unsolved mystery is, I am convinced something is ...

Alpena is proud of its champion athletes

Alpena now can boast of being home to national champions. Four young men from Alpena High School — Jadon Duncan, Drew Seabase, and brothers Josh and Aden Smith — last weekend finished the distance medley relay in the Emerging Elite division in 10:12.38, about 100 meters in front of the ...

Three valuable reminders and bikes

Every year for several years now, my mom and I have volunteered at a bicycle event hosted by the League of Michigan Bicyclists. About 120 bicyclists arrive in Alpena on the Thursday before Father’s Day and stay to Sunday. They have three ride choices Friday and Saturday and two on Sunday, ...

Good work, Alpena High students

Congratulations to Alpena High School students for improving some key statistics on attendance, tardiness, and behaviors. Reporter Julie Goldberg’s story in Wednesday’s edition gave us a long list of statistics worth celebrating. From the 2017-18 school year to the 2018-19 school ...

Juneteenth a worthy holiday

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebration by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed on Wednesday (June 19). It is a celebration of the end of slavery ...

Political drama in Nessel’s Flint moves

The current Democratic attorney general and the former GOP attorney general are not exactly drinking buddies. In fact, they are not much of anything other than being from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Normally, when one political party takes over from another, there is a civil ...

U.S. should offer help to Mexico

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Township being deliberate with blight rules

After initially approving a set of regulations and rules dealing with blight and property inspections that riled their constituents, members of the Alpena Township Board of Trustees are being exceptionally deliberate in updating the rules to make sure they get things exactly right. We ...

Happy Father’s Day, dads!

We wish all Northeast Michigan fathers a special day tomorrow. On this Father’s Day weekend 2019, we share with readers eight facts on fathers the Pew Research Center recently released. The facts provide a glimpse into the role of fatherhood at this time in the U.S.: 1) More and more ...

It’s up to us to help local business owners

Remember watching those old westerns in which the hero would ride into town only to find it all boarded up and tumbleweeds blowing down the abandoned main street? When I envision that image, I wonder about the future of shopping — be it malls, superstores, strip malls, or downtowns. ...

A season showing that #JournalismMatters

This week saw more evidence added to the already mountainous pile of proof that journalism matters. The Catholic Church in Texas launched an internal review of Monsignor Frank Rossi after an Associated Press investigation revealed Rossi had allegedly “continued to hear a married woman’s ...

Dealing with a bit of ‘summer panic’

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Now that it’s June, I’m having my annual bout of “summer panic,” wherein I feel woefully unprepared to take advantage of the few weeks of summer remaining. My internal monologue usually goes like this: “Ack! Only 10 weeks of summer left! I didn’t buy ...

Trump delivering results on drug prices in Michigan

Just over a year ago, President Donald Trump and his health secretary, Alex Azar, stood in the Rose Garden at the White House and told the American people they were going to start putting American patients first and lower prescription drug prices. The president announced a bold blueprint that ...

Welcome back, City Band

The sweet sounds of the City Band once again will fill the air at Bay View Park’s bandshell every Thursday evening now until Aug. 8. We believe the bandshell is the perfect setting to enjoy music and, certainly, our community is blessed by having it there right next to Thunder Bay. The City ...

What counts as distracted driving?

When it comes to distracted driving, many factors can be considered as distracting. Pets are a distraction. Phones are a distraction. Eating is a distraction. Passengers are a distraction. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as any non-driving activity a person ...