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Letters to the Editor

Vote down 2nd Amendment sanctuary policy

Alpena County commissioners will be voting soon on making Alpena County a Second Amendment sanctuary. We should be against this designation for a couple of reasons. Neighboring Montmorency County recently became a sanctuary. Montmorency Prosecutor Vicki Kundinger futilely arguing against the ...

Why weren’t school buildings maintained?

As a retired senior I resent the fact that I’m being given a guilt trip over the millage vote of our educational system. I have worked and paid property taxes on a homestead, business and recreational properties for 59 years. In those 59 years I can’t add up all the school taxes that were ...

Become informed, then vote yes on March 10

Students, faculty, staff and guests of Alpena Public Schools all deserve a safe, warm and dry place to work, whether they are learning, teaching or supporting activities in myriad ways. As a veteran of over a half-century with APS, I wholeheartedly support the district’s efforts to provide ...

Coronavirus response doesn’t make sense

Definitely not an expert, however, having served in various countries requiring strict entrance and exit requirements, I’m greatly concerned. In South Korea as early as 1998, if an individual contracted an STD, they were isolated and not permitted to leave until the issue was identified and ...

Progressive columnists entertaining recently

Boy, didn’t we have some entertaining letters in the past week or so in The News. First there was Connie Schultz, who spoke lovingly of our “democracy.” Of course, she was referring to our government in action in the impeachment trial. The only thing is that you can read the U.S. ...

Vote yes on Alpena schools’ bond proposal

As the March 10 bond proposal vote approaches, I urge all eligible voters to vote YES on this issue. The studies that have been done to determine the conditions in our elementary schools, Thunder Bay Junior High School and Alpena High School all point to the need for new boilers, repairs and ...

The importance of your vote on March 10

Admittedly, I am writing this letter for some selfish reasons. My wife Cheryl and I spent 60 years combined working for the schools and our community. We have to beautiful grandchildren with at least another dozen years at APS. Our time in the schools demonstrated the importance of good ...

It’s time to invest in our schools, vote yes

I would like to encourage everyone to vote on March 10. Some people feel their vote doesn’t matter, but in this election we will consider a very important local issue that will impact OUR community and affect the education of OUR children for years to come. We will decide if we plan to ...

Monsters we make are a demonic version of us

Let us all, Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, atheist, gay, white supremacist, neo-Nazi, religious person/zealot, or this (ism) that (ism), take a step back and remember: We are Americans and human first! Treat everyone with respect. If you don’t like a certain show, don’t watch. ...

Get all the facts and then show up to vote

Next month, on March 10, our community will be faced with a decision on whether to renew the bond that will allow our public school system to do some much-needed repairs and maintenance across the county. Out of all the frustrations we face when looking at the numbers of the past bond election, ...

Yours, mine, and ours — safe, warm, and dry

I graduated from Alpena High School in 1989 and attended Alpena Community College, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1993. In 2002, I left Alpena to begin my life’s journey. My parents hoped I would be “back someday.” They were right, as parents usually are. Last fall, I left the state of ...

Some reasons to vote for Democrats this year

Some reasons to vote Democratic this year: 1. You want driver’s licenses, voting rights, free health insurance, and all other benefits for illegal immigrants. 2. You agree that anyone from anywhere is allowed in our country without any criminal or disease checks. 3. You agree that ...

Commend PI board for 2nd Amendment vote

I commend Presque Isle County Commissioners Shutes, Gapczynski, and Darga for passing a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution at their meeting on Jan. 30. Further, I thank Sheriff Brewbaker, his deputies, and county Prosecutor Radzibon for supporting this resolution against additional ...

Romney impeachment vote echoes Schiff, Nadler

Why did U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney’s impeachment vote echo the words of U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler’s hypocrisy? Democrat constitutional professors Jonathan Turley and Alan Derschowitz expressed constitutional law. George Romney will always be respected — Mitt? Elite? RUDY ...

Could Whitmer be first woman VP candidate?

Trump-Pence vs Bloomberg-Whitmer? In politics, sometimes the improbable becomes the possible and the possible becomes reality. You just never know. MIKE DOTSCH, Ossineke

Businesses didn’t just throw in towel

Regarding your article in the Saturday/Sunday Jan. 25-26 edition about empty buildings in Alpena. Pre-sale of the Thunder Bay Shopping Center, almost all buildings were full. The tenants did not dissolve their businesses like the article made it sound. One business was tehre over 30 years and ...

Is The News hostile to LGBTQ people?

We read the 765-word bloviation of Mike Westfall, representing some basement fringe organization called the American Family Association of Michigan, arguing that potential expansion of protections for LGBTQ persons is a serious threat to Christians and other “people of faith.” (We recall, ...

No reason not to say yes to school bonds

I’m voting “yes” on the school bond renewal. I am not a native of Alpena. When I moved here, the very first thing I looked at was the school system. I looked at test scores, curriculum materials, and toured buildings. It’s the first thing many people do when moving to a new area. If we ...

Stop destroying our beautiful Duck Park

I am writing concerning the condition of the Duck Park across from the hospital in Alpena. I run my dog there several times a week. It is unbelievable that people come there to enjoy the the beauty, fresh air, wildlife, and serenity of the park, and then throw trash out the windows of their ...

Be active participant in schools’ future, vote

As a resident of Alpena and father of children attending Alpena Public Schools, my wife and I are voting YES on Tuesday, March 10 to keep our kids safe, warm and dry and we encourage you to as well. Rather than get into all the details incorporated with this bond, I’d like to write about the ...