Editorials and columns

Most recent move by president won’t have desired effect

President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. Last week, through an announcement by Vice?President Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio, he made a bid for 4.2 million new loyalists.Biden announced the White House is ordering sweeping changes ...

Cotter’s actions make you wonder

In the go-along-to-get-along world of the state capitol, the House GOP speaker is not a charter member. In fact there are some in town who think Rep. Kevin Cotter never read the book.It is unfair to tag Mr. Cotter with never wanting to play nice in the legislative sandbox, but his recent ...

Good luck and thank you Vernie, we’ll miss you

Today marks the final column of "Questions Anyone?" in The News.Alpena resident Vernie Nethercut has decided that the time is right to retire the column. While sad about that decision, we certainly understand it.Anyone familiar with Vernie knows how physically challenging putting the column ...

A birthday for Alpena to celebrate

Alpena's most well-known philanthropist, Jesse Besser, would have been 134 years old today.No one has given more of a legacy to Northeast Michigan over the years than he and his wife. Their love of Alpena, and its people, resulted in wonderful gifts to the community while they were living, and ...

Questions, Anyone?

More on Whip-poo-willsQ. How do you describe a whip-poor-will?A. The answer from experienced birder Bill Grigg is, "Whip-poor-wills are seldom-seen, nocturnal aerial foragers,with a plump body about the size of a robin's. During the daytime, they roost on the ground or on the branch of a tree, ...

Interview with John Miller

Every journalist on the planet has been trying to land an interview with Donald Trump's publicist John Miller.Only one did."Thank you for talking with me, Mr. Miller," I said."No problem. Thank you for your call. I'm a big fan.""Really?""No, not really. I'm just being nice. I've never heard of ...

Talk to your adult children about smart financial moves

If you have children who are finishing college or embarking on their first full-time job, you obviously want them to get off to a good start in their adult and working lives. And by virtue of your years of experience, you probably have some good advice to offer - especially when it comes to ...

Doc: Protect your skin all year long

While we wait for warmer temperatures to arrive in Northeast Michigan, it is important to remember to protect your skin all year long. The Alpena Cancer Center at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, recommends protecting your skin from the sun to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.The ...

Warm welcome to visiting Rotarians

Alpena, and all of Northeast Michigan, extends a welcome to visiting Rotarians this weekend.Representatives from 28 Michigan clubs and their families will be in town as part of the Rotary District 6310's annual conference. During their stay the group will of course focus on presentations ...

Spend wisely, not frivolously, on disease prevention

Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later.Too often that is not the philosophy in Washington, where the cost of imprudent spending can be in the ...

A community filled with givers

We are asked almost continuously to give something to a worthwhile charity.The list of good things is endless: Fireworks bands for the Fourth of July, kids looking for returnable bottles, church projects and requests for volunteering via the gift of time. All of these are good ...

Plan to arm Libya not a good one

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of ...

Games people used to play

Though The Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society was published in 2009 it only recently came to my attention. I hope I'm not too late in bringing it to yours.I haven't actually read the entire work. The set is priced at $400, a figure that exceeds my budget for this category. There was only ...

We should expect better than recent Obama revelation

Though it should not be unexpected, there are always shockwaves near the end of presidential administrations when someone lifts the veil and we are reminded of the way politicians really think and behave. This time around, the revelations came from Barack Obama's deputy national security ...

Obama shouldn’t apologize for Hiroshima

President Barack Obama's aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. apology for dropping an atomic bomb on that city in 1945. Good. Americans have nothing for which to apologize.Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima later this month. ...

Not much respect given to Snyder, Judge Rhodes

Legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield is not the only guy who can't get any respect these days. A retired federal judge and a former big-shot CEO are right there behind him.Only problem is Mr. Dangerfield is use to that. Gov. Rick Snyder and Judge Steven Rhodes, not so much.Maybe you saw the ...

Number of chickenpox cases is alarming

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released what we view as a very disturbing statistic this week - chickenpox cases are on the rise in the state.Health officials stressed the numbers still are preliminary, but it appears the number of cases from Jan. 1 through the end of ...

Holcomb’s departure a loss for Alpena

One of Alpena's community leaders will say goodbye this summer as he and his wife begin a new life adventure in Cassopolis.Brent Holcomb, superintendent of the Alpena Public School District, announced Thursday he would be leaving the district at the end of the school year to become ...

The law on personal flotation devices

With the weather warming up a resident wrote in and was questioning who needs to wear life jackets when kayaking or boating in Michigan with family and friends. The person went on to state they enjoy some of the smaller rivers and inland lakes but that they also enjoy spending time on the Great ...

A successful repair … sort of

I had a rare victory in my lifelong battle with things the other day.The belt for the self-propel on the mower broke and I decided to replace it."Oh god, here we go again," the lovely yet formidable Marcia groaned. "I'll get the first aid kit."She's funny, that one.It's true I don't have the ...