Editorials and columns

Arrest highlights growing drug problem locally

There is dumb.And then there is dumber.How else can you explain the arrest this week of a 45-year-old Lachine resident by members of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team for manufacturing methamphetamine? The arrest was bad enough, but the resident was out on bond and awaiting trial on the same ...

Historic day in Michigan primaries

Peace rallies. Vietnam. The economy. A crowded primary battle by the party out of office for the past four years and competiton as well between candidates of the party which has held that seat.That was 1972. It was the year of George McGovern and Richard Nixon. And, until this week, voter ...

Alpena Cancer Center encourages early screening for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly occurring cancer in the United States and nearly 5 percent of Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. At any time, over 1 million Americans are currently living with colorectal cancer."Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause ...

Grieving death

Earlier this year, the BBC reported on the trend of "happy funerals." It noted that Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" had become the United Kingdom's most popular song played at funeral services - replacing Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. Funerals today seem to be less about ...

Don’t see the reason for Daylight Saving Time

I'm big on traditions, and one annual tradition I have is grousing about daylight saving time.I hate it. There's really no other way to put it: I profoundly, passionately, palpably, gutturally, argumentatively, aggressively, gratuitously, viscerally and verbosely hate it.I'm sorry to unleash ...

Forbush sets positive course for PI Township fire department

We take for granted that in an emergency, first responders, firefighters and police officers will be there quickly to assist us.And they are. Response time to an emergency can vary, however, depending on how far away from the emergency responders are coming from.As the Alpena Fire Department ...

SEALS woefully lacking proper number of rifles

Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a report this week that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles. But "Ike," who also was supreme military commander of Allied forces during World War II, probably would not have been surprised.Just days before he left the ...

We might have an interesting summer of conventions

There was lots of political talk around after the Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton wins on Super Tuesday.Some GOP leaders were saying they wouldn't support their party members' wishes if Trump is the candidate of choice after the primary elections are completed. Of course, that kind of thinking is ...

Adult coloring book’s demographic

I have questions: why are adult coloring books so popular and what is it that makes them so? A related inquiry is: what makes a coloring book an adult coloring book as opposed to a regular one?Right away, problems pop up. The answers may come only after consultation with behavioral ...

Cleveland preparing for any problems at GOP convention

Perhaps it is a reflection of the rough-and-tumble process Republicans are enduring as they attempt to pick a nominee for president, but for whatever reason, Cleveland police are expecting trouble when the GOP holds its national convention in that city this summer.City officials plan to buy ...

Common sense is scarce in Washington

Some people may wonder whether federal bureaucrats are required to stop at their office buildings' front doors every morning and drop off their common sense before beginning the day's work. That could be one explanation for the lack of said quality shown regularly in Washington.Consider this ...

Parallels between Wallace, Trump

It's only a matter of time but eventually history repeats itself and in Michigan politics it is happening again.The current establishment GOP leadership is in deep therapy trying to figure how to handle Donald Trump. To be sure the state GOP Party chair and others have been tight lipped about ...

Clear sky at night is a star gazer’s delight

Sometimes you really can have the sun, moon and the stars.That is, if you are enjoying one of Northeast Michigan's three premier recreational facilities - Thompson's Harbor and Negwegon State Parks, as well as Rockport State Recreation Area.The three recently were designated as dark sky ...

Staying clear of Trump bandwagon

I might have to admit I was wrong. I know, as hard to believe as that might sound, I should probably just admit it now.In conversations late last year my wife Diane turned to me for assurance that there was no way Donald Trump ever could secure the Republican presidential nomination. I looked ...

Ques

How to voteQ. Some helpful guidelines for thoughtful voting were presented at the Jan. 28 college program on ISIS. What were those suggestions?A. Tim Kuehnlein, Alpena Community College Instructor of Political Science and History, encouraged citizens, when voting in the March 8 Michigan ...

Not acting very presidential

I cringed when Sen. Marco Rubio said of Donald Trump at a campaign rally last week: "I'll admit ... he's taller than me, he's like 6-foot-2 inches, which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who's 5-foot 2-inches - and you know what they say about men with small ...

Family conflict at end-of-life

When a family's loved one is near the end of life, it can force everyone to endure financial and emotional strain - creating the perfect environment for new conflicts to arise and old ones to resurface.Ramona Hancock, a Hospice of Michigan social worker, said the stress of losing a loved one, ...

What needs to be done

I lay awake in the middle of the night, worrying. The next day I had to go to the hospital. And I really, really didn't want to.It was a routine procedure, one done many times a day to all sorts of people in complete safety, and I had been told that it wasn't scary at all. But as I lay in ...

Fighting heroin one step at a time

It used to be heroin was that dark and dangerous drug only the "real" addicts would even dare mess with.Those days are long gone. Today heroin not only is readily available on the street, it is used by men and women of all ages, economic backgrounds and previous drug experiences.In short, it ...

Dispose prescription drugs properly

Prescription drug abuse is rising fast and recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. One way to help prevent prescription drug abuse is to dispose of your unused medications. By disposing of the medications, we reduce the risk ...