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Editorials and columns

Michigan and warthogs, a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ story

The name “warthog” hardly conjures up warm and fuzzy images. Nor should it, since it is a powerful aircraft used especially in difficult situations. Northeast Michigan residents might want to change their opinion on that beast, however, as it plays an important role in the region’s ...

CRTC investment is welcome

The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center does a lot for Northeast Michigan. In addition to its primary function of preparing the National Guard to protect or aid us in emergencies, it boosts the region’s economy by bringing guardsmen to our area who spend in our restaurants and shop in ...

A harbormaster’s job is more than you think

Life can be a float on a pleasant day’s calmness, or it can be something rather different. It depends on how well you handle the ripples, how good you are at predicting their arrival and avoiding those that will grow larger.  Either way, it’s not the spray that will harm you. The first ...

That ‘A’ is important

By now, many people have probably heard the term STEM often enough to know what it stands for: science, technology, engineering, and math. For a decade or more, now, educators have said schools must focus heavily on those areas to prepare our students for the careers of the future. ...

Enjoying the new social district

As of last Friday, the downtown Alpena social district is officially open. For visitors to our downtown who are 21 and older, that now means you can purchase an alcoholic beverage from a participating business and walk around the district with it on sidewalks and in public parks such as ...

Protect yourself, protect others, end this thing

We read with great concern reporter Crystal Nelson’s story in today’s edition that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers Alpena County a place of “substantial risk” for community spread of the coronavirus. We have made important strides — most importantly, ...