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Editorials and columns

Repent, or perish

“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but ...

Counting Northeast Michigan more important than ever

Currently, there are two major issues facing all Michiganders: Coronavirus and the 2020 census. Protecting our families and communities is top-of-mind for all Michiganders as we face the coronavirus together, and we as Michiganders are doing our best to help prevent the spread and to keep ...

Protecting woody plantings from wildlife, for wildlife

Successful forest conservation starts with a detailed knowledge of the land, its history, and its capabilities and limitations. Such information is the basis of forest planning. While winter in northern Michigan is a wonderful time for planning, spring is a good time for planting vegetation ...

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. ...

Feeling all alone in a crowd

Its only been a short time, a matter of weeks, that the COVID-19 stay-at-home directives have been in place, but, already, it seems a bit eerie to think about being in a confined space with a large crowd again. Sure, I see people in the grocery store, but little eye contact is made, faces ...

Thanks to princesses and all other givers of kindness

If you look around the community you will find random acts of kindness everywhere in the midst of these dark days. We have tried to showcase many of those wonderful acts on the front page of the newspaper in a consistent spot each day. And we always are on the lookout for more. Such was ...

Community unity is thrilling

In our Saturday editions, for the duration of the pandemic, we’re going to try something new. With little sports news, we’ve decided to transform our Saturday Page 1B, typically our sports section front, into a page called “We’re All in This Together,” where we will feature ...

Taste this: Food access for state’s kids

This week is the annual Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Around the country, educators, service providers, and policymakers are asked to focus attention on the needs and services that benefit young children and ...

What can we learn from this?

Some day, in the not-too-distant future, there will come a time to look back on the coronavirus pandemic and our response to it to try to figure out what we did well that should be repeated, what we did wrong we should try to overcome. The pandemic has revealed plenty of good things about ...

Realizing what’s essential

One of the more enlightening aspects of the coronavirus pandemic has been its revelation of just how important so many of us are to one another. To prevent the spread of the virus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 23 ordered Michiganders to stay home unless absolutely necessary and ordered ...

On the best Batman and takeout

Notes from a Self-Quarantine … ∫ There’s a scene from the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton in which the Joker has poisoned the nation’s makeup supply and TV news anchors suddenly look all pale, disheveled and baggy-eyed, in other words: ordinary. That’s where we’re at today ...

Provide good data on virus (and always)

One of the more frustrating parts of trying to report on the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan is the question about the reliability of the data. We fault no one. Thousands of health care professionals in the private and public sector are testing tens of thousands of patients across the ...

Making history, wondering what comes next

Have you wondered what life will be like for you when your coronavirus pandemic anxiety is a thing of the past? Will you have concerns and be cautious about ever getting into a large crowd again? Or will you pick back up right where you left off when this whole thing started and offer a firm ...

That Presque Isle County case that wasn’t …

Since Michigan first launched its coronavirus data page last month, journalists across the state have worn out the refresh button on their Web browsers every afternoon, waiting for the latest numbers on the spread of the disease. That’s what we at The News were doing last Friday around 3 ...

Congrats, ‘Dutch,’ on much-deserved award

It’s always exciting to see an Alpena native doing well in the world. That’s why we celebrate with Alpena native Brian Dutcher, who last month was named national college men’s basketball coach of the year. His San Diego State University’s Aztec team was 30-2 when the coronavirus ...

Sayings that need to be said

My young sons could not pronounce their great-aunt Gertrude’s name, “Gerty,” so they called her “Dee Dee.” Dee Dee was not a lady to hold back with an expression. If she were alive today, facing this coronavirus situation, I suspect she would have given off with a fair number of ...

Always heartache, but there’s always a resurrection

There ought to be lilies. This is what Easter is supposed to look like: Rising in the dark, a sense of Something Special hovering in the silent house. Blackness through the kitchen window as the ham slides into the oven. Alarm clocks buzzing, the kids turning in their beds with a humph before ...

Outdoor rules still apply during virus pandemic

This month, I decided to write about the licensing needs and the changes of regulation during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Many people have been asking about what licenses are needed during this stay-at-home order and how to obtain them. During this stay-at-home order, many ...

Newspapers have your back

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local. First responders are our neighbors helping our neighbors, rushing to addresses just down the street and taking the sick to the nearby hospital. The workers on the front line of this crisis, manning ...

Good Friday, Easter will shine through the pandemic

Today is a Good Friday, a day of major significance to Christians worldwide. It normally would be a day that would bring people together in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion. The public gatherings will not take place this year, as the coronavirus pandemic keeps people in their homes. ...