Letters to the Editor

Some ideas for a downtown parking garage

Just reread Steve Schulwitz article, “Paid parking pondered.” I think the perfect place for a parking garage is on the corner where the old Alpena Power building was. Foot access to downtown; shopping, art galleries and restaurants. Foot access to “Old Town,” the Visitors Info Center, ...

Vote yes to support library millage renewal

I would like to express my support for the upcoming Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library millage. The library is a place for ALL of us and we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community library. I personally have utilized the library for a Snow Shoe Class, enjoyed a ...

Social Security, Medicare, other priorities

This is in direct response to the out-of-state Republican pundits. My question: Do they care about the needs and desires of our community? My question to you: Are we sure what our top priorities are? Here are some and you tell me what you think. Protect Social Security and Medicare. Reduce ...

Three people have a choice in a pregnancy

Realistically, any pregnancy involves three people: the pregnant woman, the man who fathered the child, and the child itself. It is flawed thinking to allow only the woman to have a choice. A woman’s choice begins with responsibility for her actions prior to pregnancy. Once pregnant, the ...

What would Jesus say about your silence?

Disgusting. Where is the outrage from evangelical Christians, regular Christians, Republicans, humans, on the horrid conditions children are subjected to at the border? Where are the Christian leaders in our own community? Silence. Christians love to say all life is sacred. They pass heartbeat ...

Math on parking meters doesn’t add up

The Alpena Downtown Development Authority wants parking meters throughout the city? They suggest parking meters that can be paid with a credit card? So-called “smart meters” can cost $5,000-plus each (internet find), there’s the cost of labor and materials to install each meter. Will ...

Library is a treasure, support tax request

Please vote yes on the library’s millage renewal in the upcoming election. The Alpena County Library is a cornerstone of our community. It is literally built on an historic corner of our community’s downtown and serves as a regional hub. This is the point from where the first permanent ...

Presque Isle County is broke and broken

Broke, broker, or broken? Is it today we break, yesterday we broke, and many times we have broken? It really isn’t that all confusing if you think about it. Presque Isle County is broke, the powers that be, the brokers, broke it and for many years we have lived in a broken community. ...

Doctors, nurses are being stretched too thin

A recent New York Times article titled “The business of healthcare depends on exploiting doctors and nurses” explains how providers are forced to take on increasing workloads and responsibilities without compensation by relying on their high moral and altruistic values of doing what is best ...

It’s a woman’s choice, not for men to make

I am not sure if Letters to the Editor is the most appropriate forum for pro-choice/pro-life debate, but after reading recent letters I feel I must comment. Mr. Mike Westfall (PI) states everyone other than a “Christian” is hypocritical regarding their abortion views. Mr. Westfall, you ...

Thanks, News, for alerting us to great program

My wife, Stefanie, and I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Joe Grimm, the author of “The Faygo Book,” tell his story of the origin of that beloved Michigan pop, Faygo. It was presented by the Presque Isle District Library System with support from the 2019 Michigan Notable Books ...

What happens in government is up to us

We give thanks to those who gave their lives 75 years ago on D-Day, so that we now can live in freedom. Now, we can do more than give thanks, we can be worthy of their action. We are the government, each one of us. What happens on our watch is up to us. We need our good health, education, and ...

Addressing the local PFAS problems

It seems there are two sides to the Alpena area PFAS problem. PFAS, a large group of manmade chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances, are used to make products like non-stick kitchenware, waterproofed clothing, shoes, and furniture, found in fast food wrappers, pizza boxes, paper cups, ...

Classic spending of taxpayer monies

It never ceases to amaze me how government entities spend taxpayer dollars. In yesterday’s paper was an insert entitled “A-M-A Today” that, upon flipping through, I noticed there was no advertisers, none. So this insert seems to be totally funded (both money and man-hours) by the ...

Hoping to meet my Good Samaritan

To the Good Samaritan who befriended me at the cashier line in Walmart Thursday night, June 6, I thank the Lord for placing you there for me. Your thoughtfulness, patience, and protectiveness still overwhelm me. Even though we have never met before, somehow I feel we have. Since it was so ...

Please support library tax renewal proposal

I urge everyone to vote for the millage renewal for the Alpena County Library on Aug. 6. This is a 0.25-mill renewal. It will not increase your current tax bill (but it will lengthen the time it is in effect). The average household will pay $12 a year. You can check your tax bill under ...

Our American flag deserves some respect

On Thursday, May 23, the Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts with their leaders, VFW Post 607 and the Rogers City Servicemen Club members went to the Memorial Park Cemetery to put the American flag on each veteran’s grave that is laid to rest. It takes a couple of hours to make ...

Police, animal control uncaring to deer

In my last letter, I reported the taking of a yearling doe from my son’s front yard on Easter Sunday by the Alpena County Animal Control officer and a DNR officer. The deer was a free-ranging, never penned animal. They told us it was too tame. However, it traveled the acres surrounding the ...

Exchange Club is committed to community

We appreciate Steve Schulwtiz’s article on the great service clubs in Alpena. We feel it’s important to let the community know about the Exchange Club of Alpena and the work of our members. The Exchange Club of Alpena was established Sept. 11, 1925. We currently have 48 members. Our ...

Culture shifts leave Christians responsible

Listen closely, Mr. Shuman, you may learn something. Once the 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 chromosomes from the mother are merged into 46 chromosomes, the result is a cell with the immediate DNA and genetic code of a human being. It is a life! Scripture clearly defines fetuses in the ...