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Letters to the Editor

Support Joe Biden to support hunting, fishing

Northeast Michigan is a bastion of hunting and fishing, and nobody knows better than hunters and anglers the value of wild places to pass our important leisure time. Some of those wild places disappear every day, though we fight to keep them through state and federal public lands protections, ...

Tired of biased news from Associated Press

I agree with Mike Leow (Oct. 17), as I am sure that many Americans nationwide have the same feeling. My grievance is the biased news of the Associated Press. Every time some event happens, whatever it might be, it is always the right wing militia, and/or some white supremacist, but never any ...

Muszynski, Black, Ryhnard serve community

For 10 years I had the pleasure to work with three people who are running for local offices. I was the victim advocate for the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office during this time. Cynthia Muszynski, Keith Edward Black, and Russ Rhynard all care about our community and wish to continue to ...

Twain would have had a field day with Trump

Mark Twain once wrote that “man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.” Since blushing often accompanies a lie, this might explain President Donald Trump’s fondness for dyeing his skin orange: It’s difficult to see a blush on a face whose color would provide effective camouflage ...

I’m tired of those who abuse party affiliation

Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, or other, those designations mean something; even having no political affiliation (NPA) is a title that means something. Those claiming to be affiliated with one party, even though they have more in common with another, just to get ...

Denise Burke is right for county prosecutor

Elections have consequences. Many local elections are won and lost by a matter of just a few votes. Which is why YOUR VOTE MATTERS. Our county prosecutor plays a significant role in our criminal justice system. The decisions she makes, such as charging and plea-bargaining decisions, have a ...

Support Dave Karschnick for commissioner

I would like to take this opportunity to address the voters in Alpena County, District 3 in the City of Alpena. I would encourage you to support Dave Karschnick in his bid to remain your representative on the Alpena County Board of Commissioners. I have known Dave for a number of years as a ...

Will Election Day be the end of the beginning?

Before their demise, the average of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. If you believe that United States history is impervious to this simple fact, you are simply wrong. Those failed civilizations all had a birth and death story. Ours ...

10 reasons why I voted for Joe Biden this year

Why I voted for Joe Biden: 1. Joe Will bring back respect for America with our longtime friends and allies, developing nations and even our adversaries. They know they can believe what he says. 2. Joe will reengage America in the worldwide effort to address and confront the looming ...

Wake up, Dems, to what the party has become

This is not your father’s Democratic Party. Although I vote with/for conservatives, I hate the Republican Party more than I do the Democratic Party. The real problem in Washington, D.C. is the establishment or “Deep State,” which consists of entrenched politicians and bureaucrats on both ...

We need to require civic education in schools

The election has already started. Early voting/absentee voting/mail-in voting whatever you want to call it is happening everywhere at a record-breaking pace The actual Election Day, Nov. 3 is nearly here. So, it is time to talk about what should come next in Northeast Michigan. And ...

Moochers and givers: Who is fooling who?

Without doing any research, in which states do you think people pay the most taxes to the federal government? Which states get back more than they pay in? In reality, there are 37 states, including Michigan, that take more tax money from other states than we pay in. The worst moocher states ...

President Donald Trump needs your vote, folks

Remember that this president does not operate in a vacuum. Without the full support and encouragement of the United States Congress and the Republican Party, the president of the United States could never do many of the things that he has done and is already doing. Donald J. Trump needs your ...

Joel Bauer has ability, commitment to serve

I worked with Joel Bauer when I was a private attorney practicing in northern Michigan, and Joel has appeared before me in my current position as a Presque Isle County Probate and Family Court judge. Joel is exceptionally well-qualified to be your next Circuit Court judge. He has been a ...

Get in the arena before you criticize teachers

Recently I learned that Alpena school board member Ned Heath commented, “There’s not a lot of teaching going on” while discussing current learning plans within Alpena Public Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alpena has some of the most dedicated educators I have ever seen who were ...

Criticism of The Alpena News is simply petty

For the nearly 50 years of my Alpena News subscription, I have never observed the petty comments as I have in the last few months. The comments on the “letters policy” and what constitutes a “great newspaper” are feckless predilections of an ersatz pedant. His criticism of the lack of a ...

Why I have a Donald Trump sign in my yard

As an independent voter, I have a Trump 2020 sign in my yard because I’m tired of state, federal, and local politicians telling me one thing when they want my vote, but then changing their colors. I’m tired of bureaucrats in Congress and the Justice Department lying and stonewalling. ...

Ed Black works for community, not prestige

Voters of Alpena and Montmorency counties, I feel the need to speak up for someone who is extremely humble and doesn’t like to say a lot about himself. Judge Ed Black is a graduate of Michigan State University Law, a judge advocate (JAG) in the Army Reserve and the former prosecutor in ...

Dear Americans, will you heed this warning?

As we approach the upcoming election during one of America’s darkest hours, I am reminded of how Americans heeded the warning of President Harry S. Truman that rallied Americans to put an end to the era of McCarthyism in the early 1950s. An era when U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy led a smear campaign ...

Are you putting a fox in the chicken house?

Would you vote someone into the county commissioners office if they took some of his neighbor’s property by imminent domain? My dad said the only way to keep the fox out of the chicken house is stop it before it gets in. Dave Karschnick did that to his neighbor. His neighbor, an old guy, ...