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Editorials and columns

Appreciating the simple joys of a quality haircut

One thing I have learned from the coronavirus pandemic is to never take anything for granted again. Take, for instance, a haircut. I enjoy visiting with Bill and Amy at State Barber Shop and catching up on all things important. Bill always is quick with a wisecrack about the newspaper, and ...

Remember your 10 digits

We urge residents to remember to start dialing all 10 digits — including the 989 area code in front of local numbers — for all phone calls later this month. State officials will require the 10-digit dialing by Oct. 24, but residents can start practicing the extra dialing on April 24, News ...

The vote that saved Alpena City Hall

I suspect you have wondered — maybe while nowhere near it, perhaps when passing by — but at some point, you have likely asked: “Why is our City Hall built from Limestone quarried in Bedford, Indiana?” Indeed, why from a Hoosier quarry hundreds of miles away, not the limestone or block ...

African memories

Journal entry — Jan. 4, 2021 I was actually born in Southern Rhodesia, which later became Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe. When it came to renewing my passport, it was challenging to accurately choose my country of birth! My parents lived on a mission station way out in the bush. My mom ran a ...

Thank a youth volunteer

Inside Thursday’s edition of The News, readers found our annual publication celebrating National Volunteer Week, which this year begins on Sunday. For our 2021 edition, The News profiled several young people who go above and beyond to help their communities, including: ∫ Ashley ...

Don’t wait. The time is now

The ice left beautiful Hubbard Lake ahead of time this year. The time to mow my lawn came at an earlier time, too. I just celebrated another birthday, which seems to have come around in a shorter time from my last birthday. My “little” granddaughter, stuck in my mind as a 7-year-old ...