Editorials and columns

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 ...

Use fitness to get through changes in life

Changes in life can derail your health or changes in life can be used as fuel to improve your health. You decide. One local woman did it both ways. Her story is inspiring.Life changed in 2007 when Sandy Konarzewski, 44, moved away from her home in Michigan to Indiana and later New Mexico for ...

Intimacy with God

You have to admit it. Craving intimacy with God is not at the top of everyone's list. Intimacy, yes. But intimacy with God?We have all been born with our first parents' disorder: independence from God. The human spirit yearns for an intimate relationship. It's why a teenage girl, abandoned by ...

Use extra caution when burning

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds residents that most of the state's wildfires occur in three months - April, May and June.With the snow having melted, temperatures warming and the wind picking up, it can increase the chance of fire danger. Couple nature's changes with more ...

Don’t minimize the threat of Islamic terrorism

German authorities say there is no link between Islamic terrorism and a man who stabbed four people at a train station Tuesday. The attacker is just mentally ill, they explain.But during the assault, he yelled "infidel, you must die" and "Allahu akbar."Of course he is mentally ill. But so, in a ...

Ready for another sailing season

Spring hasn't sprung as yet Up North but it's close. In about 10 days all of the trees and shrubs ought to be pretty green and the weather should be warm enough to start biking again on a regular basis. The sailors are coming out of their winter seclusion.The summer racing schedule is out for ...

Take step to be less dependent of foreign oil

America's need for natural gas and oil has not lessened. To the contrary, as more and more gas-fired power plants are built, demand will soar.Yet just 415 well drilling rigs are working in the United States. That is an all-time low.Tactics being used by Saudi Arabia and other oil powers are ...

Taking it to the people

In continuing our discussion of inspiring stories from Michigan's biggest city, this week we take a closer look at a nonprofit organization called Shakespeare in Detroit.When Samantha White was a young girl she fell in love with rap music. Her mother did not love rap music and didn't enjoy ...

Proposal revelation casts doubt on Obama being an environmental president

President Barack Obama wants us to think of him as the environmental president. It just isn't true.In his single-minded drive to promote "alternative" energy, Obama has given billions of taxpayer dollars to wind- and solar-generation companies. He also has allowed them to break some ...

Now is time to find out about local budgets

It's budget time in many Northeast Michigan communities. It's a time when local government establishes its foreseeable expenses and projects its revenue to cover those expenses.These are our tax dollars at work, the reason we pay taxes to our city, township and county. The reason we live where ...

The actions, reactions surrounding DPS

Even if you flunked physics, you understand the concept that for every action, there is a reaction.Ask the teachers in Detroit if they get it.All day Wednesday last week and well into the wee hours of the morning the reaction among GOP House members was over the top as they blasted the teachers ...

Northern Michigan students protected by vote on DPS

The 15 hours spent on the House floor on Wednesday into early Thursday, debating the best option for Michigan's largest school district, was a fraction of the time it took for Detroit Public Schools to get to its present state and how long until it's financially stable. This didn't happen ...