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Letters to the Editor

Giving officials credit would help newspapers

The Alpena News Managing Editor Justin Hinkley wrote that “a newspaper’s job is not to give elected officials credit but to hold them accountable for their actions.” That works against newspapers. Holding the feet of elected officials to the fire is fine, but by not giving them credit ...

Please keep printing our COVID-19 statistics

A recent letter on this page stated the author was “appalled by journalistic sensationalism.” I (don’t want to, but need to) know about the current COVID-19 local status. It is highly contagious. The examples listed by the author are not. You cannot get cancer from a hug; you will not ...

I don’t recognize my community, anymore

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Tony Wyatt, who allowed me to acquire the last remaining artifact from the Onaway Airport. My grandparents from both my mother’s and my father’s families came here from Poland and the Netherlands to carve a community out of ...

Who does the USMCA really take care of?

USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement) guarantees a Mexican minimum wage set at $16 per hour. United States of America federal minimum wage guarantees a United States of America minimum wage set at $7.25 per hour (Aug. 1, 2020). Whom are we taking care of? LANCE A. HEITZ, Presque Isle

APS school board: Do the essential work first

I recently read the minutes from the May 18 school board meeting. It read that they are not replacing the roofs on the schools until next year. Is the school board sitting on their brains? Without a good roof, you do not have a building. By not replacing the roof now, you are going to ...

Donald Trump spreads misinformation, hate

It is a disgrace that the president who ordered peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. disbursed using federal officers and troops employing tear gas for a photo op of him holding someone else’s Bible has attacked Joe Biden on religion. Claiming that Biden would “hurt the Bible and hurt ...

Let’s act like we’re really in this together

“We’re all in this together” says a sign outside The Shop on U.S.-23 South in Alpena. We really should all be in this together. Unfortunately, we are not. Thanks for the reminder, Mike. Divide et impera (Latin) or divide and conquer. Some attribute this to the Romans, others give ...

Senate must act now on unemployment help

Unemployment insurance is a vital lifeline for families and stimulus for the economy that will be critical to our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We need Congress to ensure this safety net will be available to all who need it until our economy has sufficiently ...

Shut down Line 5 before state stuck with bill

The 1953 easement permitting Line 5 to be placed in the Straits of Mackinac contained numerous protections. However, Gov. Rick Snyder’s agreement with Enbridge in October 2018 contained a “sellout” provision on damage coverage. The 1953 easement provided for indemnification to Michigan ...

Grateful for compassionate emergency care

I have just returned from an emergency visit to the Alpena hospital. Everyone I came in contact during this emergency, including the 911 dispatcher, the Grand Lake ambulance crew ,the staff and employees of the emergency and the staff and employees of the second-floor progressive unit were ...

Lead on News story perpetuates divisiveness

The beginning to the article about students at the high school being required to wear a mask is, “Many students this year at Alpena High School will likely be upset, as they will be forced to wear face masks when classes resume.” Why would you start an article like this? As a ...

Salvation Army grateful for support at fire

I have only been in Alpena three weeks, and already I have seen the generosity and kindness of the people of Alpena County. Tuesday, our Salvation Army canteen was out serving the first responders at the fire in downtown Alpena. During that time, we received donations to assist us in ...

Fournier proven herself on county board

This primary election season in Alpena is an interesting one. It appears that all of our high-profile primary fights are on the Republican portion of the ballot. As someone who has helped lead our party locally (and regionally) for over a decade now, I’ve been paying close attention to many ...

Voters made right choice with Cyndi Apsey

Almost two years ago, the voters of Caledonia Township chose Cyndi Apsey to serve as their supervisor. Cyndi’s accomplishments during the two years since then have proven that the voters made the right choice and we encourage continued support for Cyndi in the Aug. 4 primary election. Some of ...

Why is The News focusing on virus deaths?

I continue to be appalled at The Alpena News rendition of journalistic sensationalism. A recent headline announces “another death from COVID-19” in the Alpena area. Where are the headlines that count the number of deaths from cancer, stroke, automobile accidents and on and on? On that ...

What does the G in MAGA really stand for?

Many of my friends argue that the current president of the United States is failing to honor the pledge on the front of his baseball cap: MAGA. I disagree with them. Nearly every day there is new evidence to prove them wrong. Of course, the meaning of the G keeps changing. Here’s a partial ...

We can’t reopen without paid medical leave

During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure everyone has access to paid medical and family leave, so they can care for their own health, the health of a loved one, or simply provide care in the absence of school and traditional child care centers. The HEROES Act would close ...

Abuse of power in pandemic has gone too far

The coverage that your News provided about coronavirus in our area has been great. At least you gave us some information that we have been needing. I can no longer tolerate the idea of the residents at MediLodge of Alpena, after five months, still being what I consider to be in a hostage ...

MediLodge staff is proud to serve with care

You do not speak for our facility, a facility that is full of people working hours you cannot fathom. COVID-19 moves quickly, but our CNAs move faster. You do not speak for my nurses and CNAs. They are living in campers and tents and garages and hotel rooms so that they do not bring this ...

Cyndi Apsey is the right choice in township

For more than 20 years, I have been a newspaper reporter talking to and writing about people in small and large communities. I also once was on the Caledonia Township Planning Commission under the chairmanship of Kathy Vichunas. Caledonia is that lovely community wrapping the northern ...