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Letters to the Editor

God bless those who got us this far on virus

Yesterday (Monday) at the mall, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The process took a little over an hour, very different from my District Health Department No. 4 registration experience that was reported in The News on Saturday. That process on the Monday and Tuesday ...

School virus sick leave decision shortsighted

Alpena Public Schools Superintendent David Rabbideau’s recommendation to withdraw paid sick leave for APS employees affected by the coronavirus is shortsighted in many ways. At a time when cases continue to surge throughout Michigan and the vaccine rollout is unsteady, Mr. Rabbideau ...

The establishment has already achieved unity

It is always interesting to read the many articles about how we need to unify and how one party is worse than the other. My friends, unity has already been achieved by both parties long ago. Of course, this is not unity among the everyday people; no, it is unity among the Democratic and ...

Fed up with one-sided reporting from the AP

I have subscribed to your paper for about 35 years but have finally reached my limit on how much irritation I will stand. I am with the half of our country who supports Donald Trump and an article your paper today states that “there is no evidence of fraud” regarding the election! This ...

Fire departments in trouble with older staff

As I watch the Alpena Township personnel problem play out, I hope the community realizes this is not isolated to Alpena Township only. Most volunteer fire departments in our area are having the same issue finding and keeping personnel. I have been on the Sanborn Township Fire Department for ...

Editorial cartoon ruined Biden unity theme

How disappointed I was this morning. I spent quite a bit of time yesterday reveling in the optimism of President Joe Biden’s message of UNITY. Then I open the paper this morning and very shortly see the editorial cartoon!! I know I may be naive, but just for one more day, I hoped the ...

Proposed high school civics class is needed

The divisions of our Nation are simple and complex. One thing I have noticed is that many, or maybe most persons making political and government references do not know the definitions of the words they use in internet posts; such as republic, democracy, communism, socialism, and fascism; nor ...

Bergman must apologize on vote or resign

Yes, stop it … it’s over and the “big lie” regarding the outcome of our recent presidential election propagated by the president and several legislators such as our own Congressman Jack Bergman must acknowledge this fact and apologize for their ongoing, ill-advised position that killed ...

Never forget Bergman’s vote to undo election

After the horrifying attack on our Capitol building that led to its defacement and five people killed, 147 Republicans still voted to overturn the November election. They wanted Donald Trump to remain in power even though he had clearly lost an election that was certified by every state in ...

Even the GOP may remember Jan. 6, 2021

Originally intended to be about Jack Bergman, this letter must include the events at the U.S. Capitol on June 6. “Congressman” fits better than “Representative” because J.B. cares little about representing all of us. And then he votes after rioters stormed the Capitol at the call of ...

Unpaid caregivers forgotten in COVID-19

The posted Michigan COVID-19 vaccine priority list makes no mention of unpaid caregivers. These are the people, usually family members, who attend on a daily basis to the elderly and disabled. We may have only one such person to provide assistance to but frequently we are that person’s ...

Did blue lives matter to those Capitol thugs?

Would like to know how much blue lives mattered to the thugs who stormed our nation’s Capitol last week. Evidently not much as they killed one and injured many. CONNIE SYSAK, Greenbush

Northern Lights Arena a great opportunity

My county administer job got me assigned to this project, it instantly flashed me back to 1966. As city planner I was assigned the task to build a community center for a great local Golden Gloves Boxing program housed in an awful building and a need for a basketball court. Just like the old ...

Opinion ad should be labeled as an opinion

Dear editor: First, I would like to commend you for your honest and clearly written editorials in The Alpena News, I am very happy to have you there. Second, I am extremely bothered by a column that has appeared in the weekend edition of the Alpena News for at least the last three weekends, ...

Between banana republic, ‘Brave New World’

Do we lock up our political opponents in America? So far, the answer is no. But for how long will that act be outside the bounds of American politics? Some thought it would be 2016. We know the chants — “Lock her up!” — that raged at Donald Trump’s rallies. Predictably, he never ...

Alpena County Dems condemn insurrection

The Alpena County Democratic Party condemns in the strongest possible terms the coup attempt launched by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. These insurrectionists, which include elected officials and the rioting mob, attempted to overturn the fair election of President-elect ...

Ultimate goal of this letter is to save a life

This letter concerns abortion but is not about abortion. The Lord has convicted me to write this letter. I have mulled it over for several days and just have to do it. Please try to read this in the context that it was intended. In this day and age abortion has become a highly ...

Bergman did what he could for constituents

Once again, shock value and bias win out over “all the facts” and actual reporting. TV 9and10 News used the siege of our U.S. Capitol video as background for announcing calls for Congressman Jack Bergman to resign for having the nerve to support a constitutional right. Did any ...

Why media has been fixated on COVID-19

Unrelenting virus coverage allowed your paper and the mainstream media to fill your pages and network time slots to effectively avoid covering Donald Trump’s successes and Joe Biden’s scandals; and to use the virus to support state efforts to relax election integrity safeguards, opening the ...

Yes, the change must come from each of us

Writing to The News is always a bit of a crapshoot. I never know if I’ll be able to make my point and I don’t get to use special dice like Big Jule in “Guys and Dolls.” Still, nothing ventured, etc., as the kids (?) say. I am struck by Anne Gentry’s essay in Thursday’s News. I ...