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Editorials and columns

ALICE in the crosscurrents

The Michigan Association of United Ways recently released new ALICE update that shows wage growth was no match for inflation after a decade of falling behind. ALICE stands for Assets Limited Income Constrained Employed. Though wages for the lowest paid jobs have risen across the country at the ...

Poll results on democracy

The trusty old thesaurus suggests there are 52 synonyms for the word “shocking,” ranging from “distressing” to “shameful” and everything in between. And, in this case, every one of them applies to the latest polling data on the state of our democracy: Thirty-three percent ...

Library, county, community need to start talking

We must begin by saying we believe in free speech and we do not believe in government censorship. But everything has its limits. The Alpena County Library has on its shelves for teens and kids books that contain content too graphic to detail in this newspaper. With accompanying cartoon ...

Black and white and read all over

It’s neat to see how families band together and rally around one another. Families in which parents serve in law enforcement or the military are in a mission together. When Mom or Dad are away at work, it goes unsaid how important — and dangerous — their job is. Those whose parents ...

Voters now have a clearer choice

We don’t like what they had to say, but it was the truth, the reality, and we’re glad Alpena County commissioners laid it out there for voters to make informed choices. The county has for years been digging into its savings to cover budget shortfalls — gaps between income and expenses. ...

Newspapers are so much more than news

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr. Reporting the news of the day and helping local businesses tell their story through advertising will always be the primary function of a community newspaper. But, good Lord ...