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Editorials and columns

Mental health must be tackled

Suicide attempts and self-injury among young people leading to hospitalization increased by 45% between the first half of 2019 and the same period in 2021, according to the Children’s Hospital Association, News staff writer Julie Riddle reported in Monday’s edition of The News. That jump ...

How gov’t is supposed to work

Where’s former Gov. Milliken when you need him? The current governor and GOP legislature need a good dose of what the former moderate and well-respected governor often said. He complained that the top priority in his day was getting re-elected. (Sound familiar?) His spot on advice was to ...

Get a smoke alarm, test your smoke alarms

Alpena firefighters last week went door to door north of the Thunder Bay River, volunteering to install free smoke alarms and help families create home escape plans. We hope many people took advantage of the offer. For the rest of us, it’s important to keep smoke alarms — the right ...

Alcona Historical Society, lighthouse keepers

The lighthouse at Sturgeon Point steadily deteriorated while I was growing up. It pained me to see the grand tower disused, abused, and inaccessible. As my appreciation for Great Lakes history grew, the greater the shame seemed to me of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse’s demise. Forty ...

What makes a good journalist?

“The why is what makes policy coherent and useful. The why is what transforms bureaucrats and foot soldiers and political leaders into viable instruments of rational and affirmative change. The why is everything and without it, the very suggestion of human progress becomes a cosmic joke.” ...

Talk to leaders about roads plan

Development along the M-32 corridor has increased traffic there considerably in recent years, and traffic could get more congested with new development currently underway. To help plan for that new traffic flow, officials from Alpena Township, Alpena, Alpena County, the Alpena County Road ...