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Editorials and columns

Michiganders, tell lawmakers to protect your right to know

The leaders of the Republican caucus in the Michigan House of Representatives want to pull public notices from newspapers and allow governmental entities (cities, villages, township, counties, etc.) to satisfy notice requirements by putting them on their websites. That is an unprecedented ...

We can prevent suicide

While September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month, groups in Northeast Michigan are recognizing the year-round responsibility of saving lives by offering suicide prevention training this month. As Lifestyles editor Darby Hinkley informed us in a recent edition, Abundant Life ...

Calling for a tow or doing it yourself

Along this way we’re bound upon, we can awaken to find ourselves in a dark wood — or not. Either way, we may need a tow. To that dark wood, let’s add a swamp — that way we can get buried to our axles. I’ll not discuss scenarios of causation. I’ve never heard a good one and can ...

Flint water crisis about to cost the state a whole lot of cash

The lead in the Flint water supply probably did not impact your health, but it’s about to smack you right in the pocketbook. Michigan taxpayers will be on the hook for part of a likely multimillion out-of-court settlement that is inching its way through a federal court, where the judge has ...

Help Alcona County help you

We don’t envy the position in which Alcona County commissioners find themselves. They’ve cut costs. They’ve raised fees. They’ve instituted a hiring freeze, as reporter Crystal Nelson told us in a story in Saturday’s edition. As Nelson told us on today’s front page, county ...

Is it the media’s ‘negativity bias,’ or yours?

Politico Magazine recently turned to some of the nation’s leading thinkers for a massive series called “How to Fix Politics.” I’d encourage you to check out the whole thing here: https://tinyurl.com/y2wna2am. But I was particularly drawn to a section about how to fix ...

Go see this important exhibit

On the 2nd Avenue bridge over the Thunder Bay River, you can find a small plaque commemorating the Sept. 24, 1819 signing of the Treaty of Saginaw, an agreement between Michigan’s American Indian tribes and Lewis Cass, then the governor of the territory of Michigan, for how northern Michigan ...

This impeachment thing is no game

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Congressional Republicans are treating the Trump/Zelensky memo like it’s a particularly hard “Where’s Waldo?” Gosh, they just can’t find a quid pro quo anywhere! Let me help. Trump: “I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort ...

News accepts guest columns

The Alpena News accepts guest columns of up to 800 words from individuals whose expertise in and/or personal experience with a subject can offer insights beyond the limits of a letter to the editor. Only subjects affecting Michigan —particularly Northeast Michigan —will be considered. ...

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 ...