Letters to the Editor

Plaza Pool is a treasure to our community

It is sad to read articles regarding financial issues at the Alpena Plaza Pool. Our pool is a treasured asset in our community providing healthy activities for all ages. Living in Michigan means we are never more than six miles from a body of water. Learning to swim with qualified instructors ...

Fret not: You are safe from ticks here

The Alpena News’ Aug. 6 editorial offered excellent suggestions for avoiding ticks and correctly suggests that ticks are no reason to avoid the beautiful nature Northeast Michigan offers. Indeed, medical research continues to show decreased depression and decreased blood pressure in persons ...

In response to ‘Loving our busy, busy town’

I love guests and tourism, but I was one of the annoyed last month. Where the director saw dollar signs I saw danger and exclusion. I was annoyed by the city’s lack of measures to ensure safe walkability and cycling in the downtown core and in accessing the city beaches. The exclusion I ...

News got Habitat history wrong in recent story

Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan on 30 years of providing affordable and decent housing for lower-income families in our area. However, I would like to make one important correction to the recent article regarding this notable anniversary and give credit where ...

Remember responsibility of pet ownership

On July 18, my granddaughter was brutally attacked by a neighborhood dog. She received several injuries, with the most severe being the partial loss of her left ear. This unlicensed, un-vaccinated dog attacked her without provocation. Due to ongoing investigation I am unable to give further ...

Time for Congress to begin impeachment inquiry

It’s time for Congress to begin a formal impeachment inquiry. I can arrive at no other conclusion after Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress last week. Mueller did his job. Now it’s on Congress to do theirs. Trump may lie, but the evidence does not, and Mueller found plenty of it. His ...

Opposed to rezoning old Kmart property

I am opposed to rezoning the former Kmart Property from B-3 to light industrial. For eight years, I was on the Planning and Zoning Commission and am concerned with the long-range implications if this were rezoned to I-1. Here are my primary concerns: 1. This area abuts a wetland, is ...

Immigration protesters were misinformed

The recent Alpena protesters have been so misinformed of the real cause of the border crises which is getting worse by the day. A past congressman spelled out that the law reads that anyone crossing the border without any authorization is a felon subject to arrest, detained, and deported. It ...

Letter maligns everything country stands for

Well, Ms. Medland is at it again with her anti-President Donald Trump diatribe. Please, Carolyn, recognize that all issues/problems in this country cannot be attributed solely to President Trump. This country of immigrants has specific laws dealing with immigration, which have served this ...

AP saw different Mueller hearing than us

Apparently the three Associated Press reporters that had their names on the byline for The Alpena News headline article in the July 25 edition watched different hearings with Robert Mueller than I and others watched on July 24. They reinforced what I’ve been saying for some time now, that the ...

We should all remember the Forrestal fire

Fifty-two years ago, five men from Alpena were to experience one of the most shocking events of their lives. The USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was involved in the worst shipboard fire since World War II. One hundred thirty-four men died, and many more were injured. But, by the grace of God, the four ...

Love the murals, and here’s another idea

I love the murals the artists are painting … by the old Dairy Queen/now Hungry Hippie on State Street and Family Enterprises. Did you ever notice the sign on the corner of State and Chishom Street? It’s a nothing. The electric sign advertise the mall businesses but the huge sign above it ...

There is no constitutional right to fairness

Re: the article: “Fixing a problem in legal system” in the July 29 Alpena News: The first sentence of the article — the VERY FIRST sentence — is factually wrong. To wit, “Everyone is entitled to a fair chance in court, the U.S. Constitution states,” simply is not true. The Sixth ...

Trump not exonerated because not charged

One must wonder why The Alpena News embarrassed itself with the headline recently stating that President Donald Trump was not “exonerated.” There is, of course, no such thing. The task of a prosecutor is to examine evidence and to determine whether an indictment is in order. If it is not, ...

Northern Strike shows how far we’ve come

There has been a lot of excitement in the air recently with Northern Strike operations at Alpena’s base, and rightfully so. It is, no doubt, a tremendous thing to have happening in our small town and one that reminds us all about how very real and close to home our national security is ...

Support library for the respite it provides

In a world of ostentatious tweets, misleading media and prevaricating politicians, we have a respite in our public library, where one can find peer-reviewed, unchanging historical and nonfiction reading clearly delineated from fiction. We are most fortunate to have the Alpena County George ...

Show you value all the library has to offer

On Aug. 6, we have the opportunity to renew the library millage. A simple but clear YES will allow us to continue to do what we have been doing: placing value in an institution that offers all of us access to books, programming and boundless information at little or no cost. This is not a ...

Face the facts on PFAS and other toxins

Unfortunately, environmental toxins have already been found in many bodily tissues in humans on every corner of our planet. These “Persistent Organic Pollutants” are found in our air, drinking/bathing/swimming water as well as in our game fish (see: the MDHHS’ Eat Safe Fish Guides — ...

Let’s hope Northern Strike exercises keep on going

I am glad that the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center was chosen again for joint training exercises. As a former active military member, I know how important it is that we train with our NATO allies. A few reasons: One, it makes for better uses of resources. Two, less likely for ...

Hard to believe Terry King did anything wrong

Although I live in Alcona County, I have a concern for the forced “resignation” of Terry King. I know Terry King extremely well. Terry and I have worked together as high school football officials for quite a few years. In that capacity I have had the opportunity to see him make decisions ...