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Editorials and columns

U.P. lawmaker crafts bill for concealed weapons

During the Granholm administration there was a tumultuous debate over allowing concealed weapons in Michigan. The good governor predicted, if enacted, “it would be the wild-wild west out there” but despite her protestations and those of the anti-gun lobby the measure passed and now years ...

Deputy shot, wounded while answering domestic incident call

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded Sunday, and authorities said they have surrounded the house where it happened. Area news media reported the Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy was shot in a subdivision in the northern part of the county, about 50 miles ...

Canceled $30K wedding becomes dinner for homeless

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman didn’t want her canceled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a dinner party for the homeless. A bus pulled up to the swanky event center on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis. ...

Facebook fighting court order over law enforcement access

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks the social media giant from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particularly their political affiliations and comments. Major technology companies and civil liberties ...

Flash flood at swimming hole kills 7; more people missing

TONTO NATOINAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — A flash flood barreled through a popular Arizona swimming hole where more than a hundred people were taking refuge from summer heat, killing at least seven people, leaving many more missing and forcing survivors to cling to trees in the rocky terrain, ...

Flood topples statue at iconic Fallingwater house

MILL RUN, Pa. (AP) — An overflowing stream following heavy rain toppled a large bronze statue at architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania, officials said. The flooding early Saturday from Bear Run, which flows beneath the National Historic Landmark in ...

Burns sees Vietnam War as virus, documentary as vaccination

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure. “What if the film ...

Last call for 2-way street debate

Could discussions surrounding two-way traffic through downtown Alpena be nearing an end? That seems to be the case, and discussion at the City Council Monday could very well be the last time the public has a chance to offer input at a public setting into the decision process. Thus, if you ...

The voice of calm in an unsettling political world

Sitting across me at the table I couldn’t help but notice the scratch marks and scar near his elbow and under his arm. I didn’t want to be rude, but they were noticeable enough to distract my focus when I turned his way. As our meeting continued this week he shared that those physical ...

Sanctuary proves its value once again

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary we believe has exceeded everyone’s expectations as a quality feature of our community. Evidence of that was again on display this week as 15 teachers from across the state spent time in Alpena Monday to learn more about the Great Lakes and its ...

Chain of people come to the rescue

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Campers — towing and riding

In the past few weeks, everyone has started to enjoy a northern Michigan pasttime, camping. I was approached by a reader and asked if it is legal to ride in a camper that is being towed by a vehicle. The individual was specifically asking about the legality of children riding in a ...

Rewarding a murdering extremist is wrong

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

A turtle and frog health care system

By the score they were dying from horrendous injuries. No medical care was afforded them, nor was health care coverage available in any form, from any source. It was happening when drivers took their eyes off the road, when they moved along being pulled this way or that, or when they ...

Something needs to be done to pull in Kim

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

State fire chief mum on fireworks

Someone suggested it's like the FBI director refusing to take a stance against crime as the state fire marshal, whose job it is to protect human life, has boldly declared he does not have a position on junking the state's explosive fireworks law. Ten weeks ago, after quietly accepting the ...

Opt-out option should have stayed until public better educated on recycyling

A recent vote by Alpena County commissioners regarding an opt-out fee for county recycling highlights the fact that county officials have a long way to go to educate the public on the subject. The fact that commissioners themselves split their vote 5-3 on the issue adds credence to the ...

And now for some really fake hot dog news

The food department at the New York Times recently taste-tested 10 hot dog brands to determine the best. Koegel franks and Viennas from Flint were not on the list. Now that's what I call fake news. I'm sorry to use a Trump term like that, especially a bogus one, but my buns are ...

Music, mutts and massage deliver comfort and peace at end of life

The delicate dance that is pain management requires a harmonious balance between physical, emotional and spiritual relief. It’s an orchestration that Hospice of Michigan has mastered in providing comfort care to patients at the end of life. Combining medical interventions with ...

Adventure across the falls

It is hard to believe that it has been roughly three weeks since the first day of summer made its appearance on the calendar. It seems as though the two most popular ways to spend it were either racing outside to catch some sun rays before a random downpour made an appearance, or bask in front ...