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Letters to the Editor

Congress: Let Medicare negotiate drug prices

House Resolution 3 would be a huge help to our nation in lowering costs for medications people need to stay healthy. This reform would let Medicare negotiate lower drug prices for people on Medicare and people on private insurance. Medicare used to be able to negotiate lower drug prices, ...

For Alpena’s children, reconsider marijuana

Thanks to The Alpena News for asking citizens to voice their concerns on the marijuana issue. Understand fully that the pot industry is ultimately targeting Alpena’s children as their next customers. On David Talbot’s Dec. 7 admission that the dangerous negative effects of marijuana are ...

Attack on newspaper’s credibility misinformed

A recent letter to the editor indicates that there are citizens who are unaware of Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s statement on Nov. 20, in the impeachment hearings: “Was there a ‘quid pro quo’? The answer is yes.” Granted, this answer, given under oath, is not the same as his ...

Mindock greatly improved Thunder Bay Theatre

My wife and I were both shocked and disappointed to read in The News that a mutual agreement had been reached between Thunder Bay Theatre and Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock to part ways. We would not have been surprised if the article said that Mr. Mindock had accepted a higher-paying job ...

The News should acknowledge all parade floats

The parade was very good this year. It was one of the best yet. All the floats were really decked out with so many lights and were very pretty. It was nice to see the winners in The Alpena News, but it sure would have been also nice to see all the floats named in the paper, even though ...

All heartfelt gratitude for Shop with a Cop event

Several local entities gathered at the Alpena Walmart on Dec. 7 for the Shop with a Cop event. The officers and event partners volunteered their time and it was a very rewarding and humbling experience for us all. We at the Alpena Police Department are grateful for being a part of an event ...

Why does News print attacks on Krawczak?

Mr. Shuman has had another letter to the editor published by The Alpena News (Nov. 30) attacking Ms. Krawczak’s articles published in The Alpena News. He has already written about how he finds her stories uninteresting and poorly written and again has felt the need to express his displeasure ...

City holiday parade was simply outstanding

Wow, what a wonderful job by one and all from organizing to participating in the recent Christmas parade. From the amazing Alpena High School marching band to the beautiful horses and adorable floats, it was truly enjoyed by hundreds of onlookers. There’s no denying the excitement in the air ...

Giving Tuesday editorial was misleading

The Giving Tuesday editorial in the Nov. 30 edition of The Alpena News, while good-intentioned, is misleading. First, Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving that is now in its eighth year, not its fifth. While the editorial focused on the great work of our local Community ...

Alcohol versus pot, make America kind again

My suggestion to your spouting off, Mike Westfall, is you take the first word in your first sentence and each of your statements throughout your speech and replace it with the word “alcohol.” Do you realize everything you denounce about marijuana can be caused by alcohol, starting with ...

I just lost my respect for news reporters

I just read today’s Nov. 21, 2019 Alpena News and was shocked to read on Page 2A that Ambassador Gordon Sondland had confirmed in the impeachment inquiry that President Donald Trump wanted a QUID PRO QUO from Ukraine’s president. I was shocked because, for the first time, I watched the ...

What exactly is the big deal about Ukraine?

As World War II ended, three world leaders met to create a plan to prevent another country (like Germany-led Hitler) from trying to dominate the world and plunge us into another war. Two world leaders, of the U.S. and Great Britain, looked at the third country, Russia, and realized it WAS ...

Doesn’t this nation have enough problems?

Marijuana was criminalized and illegal. Now, Alpena city leaders are championing the promotion of recreational marijuana. With zero scientific credentials, these city leaders have turned their backs on the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, where marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug on ...

Life is more complicated than some think

Jackie Krawczak advises us that the real consequence of Venetian flooding is not that the city — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is sinking into the lagoon, or that the flooding is such an increasingly dire issue that the New York Times has published an article for tourists on what to ...

Enbridge practices winter pipeline safety

This time of year, most of us turn our attention to winter safety. As part of our ongoing safety programs, though, we prepare year-round for winter weather conditions, including those surrounding Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. In the unlikely event of an incident, we want to ensure we are ...

Future is bright for Habitat for Humanity

On Nov. 3, 2019, fire, ignited by an electrical shortage, consumed the ReStore and Re-Think Boutique by Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan, a source of support for our mission of “seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and ...

President Donald Trump condones war crimes

Another recent pardon by the president again undermines the ethical rules of engagement as laid out by the Pentagon in accordance with the Geneva Convention. Once again, this president demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge in ethical behavior in, well, practically every aspect of civil ...

This thanksgiving, be grateful for veterans

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is a time we are reminded to reflect on what we are thankful for. Many people think about things like, “I’m thankful for my family, my job, the roof over my head, my health.” While I, too, am thankful for those things, this message is to focus ...

Buck poles a long-lasting tradition

This is in reply to Elaine Thompson about the buck pole that was up the opening weekend of rifle deer season. I actually do, and have, physically put my hands to any deer that I have killed and thanked it for giving up its life so that my family can eat. It is sad that you seemed to make a joke ...

People don’t know where power comes from

Bill Speer in his Saturday, Nov. 16 Commentary column asks the question, “Why is natural gas falling out of favor as an energy source across the U.S.?” The simple answer, Mr. Speer, is that a great amount of people in our society are ignorant. These people think that the electricity they ...