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Editorials and columns

Downtown 101: What is downtown?

“What is downtown?” is usually how I begin presentations I give about the downtown or the Downtown Development Authority, where I work. What is the downtown? According to two high school classes I asked last week: “Downtown Scoops.” “Cabin Creek.” “Lots of old buildings.” ...

Make sure you get your flu shot

Northeast Michigan public health officials are warning that this year’s flu season could be more severe than typical, News staff writer Crystal Nelson informed us last week. Health officials watching the flu spread in the Southern Hemisphere said a more severe strain of the flu — H3N2 — ...

Don’t let relationships fall apart

I like all four seasons, but fall has always been my favorite. The changing leaves are beautiful. I feel more comfortable outside because I don’t turn into a sweaty mess, and I don’t have to bundle up from head to toe. There is an abundance of football, chili, and apple cider. Autumn ...

Alpena’s giving is awesome

Sometimes, we feel like a broken record, writing as often as we do about how proud we are of the generous spirit that permeates the hearts of Northeast Michiganders. But you just keep giving us reason to celebrate. Earlier this month, reporter Steve Schulwitz told us about the $5,000 ...

Gov’t must confront pension debt

If you want to live a long, healthy life, you shouldn’t wait until your 80s to take up jogging and add vegetables to your diet. Rather, you have to make decisions daily that put your long-term health above short-term pleasures, like that one extra slice of cake. Municipalities hold a ...

Be wary of scams

In an enlightening and somewhat scary string of anecdotes, reporter Julie Riddle showed in a recent story how easy it easy for anyone to fall victim to a phone or computer scam. Even Sgt. Chris Wicklund of the Michigan State Police, trained to spot suspicious activity, admitted to Riddle ...

Whitmer hit with the ol’ VP talk

It has happened to virtually every modern-day governor in Michigan history, dating all the way back to former Gov. Soapy Williams and followed by George Romney, Bill Milliken, Jim Blanchard, John Engler, Jennifer Granholm, and Rick Snyder. At some point, their names were mentioned for posts in ...

Glad Tunnel to Towers became NE Michigan tradition

This community recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made and continue to make on our behalf. That’s why it’s no surprise to see the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K race become an Alpena tradition. The race, now in its fourth year in Alpena, raises money ...

We want to hear about your outdoor adventures

If you didn’t get a copy of Saturday’s edition of The News, you’ll want to stop in and pick one up. That edition marked the second outing of The News’ new Outdoors page, which will appear at the tail end of the local sports pages in every Saturday edition from here on out. The page ...

Ted Nugent aside, hunters will adapt to bait ban

Ted Nugent told Michigan lawmakers this week that, unless they changed new hunting rules and regulations eliminating baiting for deer and elk, they would see acts of civil disobedience across the state. Specifically, as reported in the Detroit Free Press, Nugent equated the new rule to a ...

Share your Christmas traditions with us

I keep thinking about the onion man. About a month ago, Roy Champagne was so proud of the giant Ailsa Craig onion he grew in his garden, he just had to bring a boxful down to The News offices to show them off. And we just had to run his photo in the paper the next day. That’s because ...

Besser legacy of giving lives on

Jesse and Anna Besser must have been smiling this week. Celebrating 75 years of philanthropic awards across the community, trustees of the Besser Foundation announced Wednesday $2.4 million in unsolicited gifts to seven local organizations. It was a move that left residents speechless. ...

Why do Dems always look so weak?

Come Heller high water ... ∫ After Corey Lewandowski did everything short of mooning the House Judiciary Committee during his rancorous testimony, Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he was so gosh-darn mad he was “considering” holding him in contempt. Considering? Why are Dems ...

Jobs for grads a worthy investment

Michigan has many precious resources — our Great Lakes, our can-do spirit, and our reputation for innovation, to name a few. But our most precious resource remains our people. For Michigan to prosper in the future, we must invest in our young people to build the talent pipeline that ...

Maddox’s miracles on the big screen

It was alphabetical. The pictures appeared on the big screen in New York’s Time Square alphabetically. Tell that to a 9-year old who was overly anxious to see her photo appear before thousands of viewers. I am sure she was asking why there were so many letters in the alphabet. It all began ...

Pleased with city manager candidate pool

The amount of interest expressed in the Alpena city manager’s position is a good sign for the community. If Alpena’s reputation wasn’t stellar, or if there was a bad track record with city officials, then the interest wouldn’t have been there. Instead, it was just the opposite, ...

When speed limits aren’t posted

A reader submitted the following question: “Can you clarify what the speed limit is on a rural, unposted road? Is the speed limit lower on gravel roads than it would be on paved rural roads?” Under MCL 257.627 of the Michigan Vehicle Code, it discusses speed limits. Section 10 states, ...

Glad Alpena has a voice on jail reform

About 20% of the county’s general fund budget goes to running the Sheriff’s Office and county jail, reporter Steve Schulwitz told us in a front-page story Saturday. Alpena County Commissioner Bill Peterson says that’s not a sustainable figure, and officials could be forced to cut or ...

Thank you, Dick Brown

Brush Creek Mill on Saturday honored 99-year-old Dick Brown with a surprise party honoring his lifelong commitment to the mill and to the Hillman community. Mill officials gave Brown, who also is a World War II veteran and served on the Hillman Village Council for 30 years, a plaque to honor ...

Bits and pieces of this and that

First, consider the old cannon from the Battleship Maine of Spanish American War fame reposing on our city hall’s front lawn. In 1912, E. H. Furbush, Teamster, set the cannon there and, when he did, he positioned it dead-solid perfect due true north — not a degree, a minute or a second of a ...