Letters to the Editor

Humbled, honored by community support

Recently, I was honored by the community of Alpena. A committee which included Terry King, his wife, Luciana, and Meg Devers spearheaded this event. The honor recognized my completion of 50 years of service with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office. Many invited guests from the community were ...

Voting against school millage for first time

With a sad heart, I write that, for the first time in my life, I will be voting against a school mileage. Growing lists of concerns reveal our school leadership has failed its stated mission of “partnering with the community” and encouraging lifelong learning. Here are some ...

Trade joints for Bibles, hate for love

Wake up, folks! The deafening silence of the moral majority has helped to seriously degrade America’s morality. Wrong has become right, and the foxes are now running the hen house.What must God think? This marijuana insanity, with its iniquitous money, has mapped out our nation city by city ...

An open letter to all our politicians …

I believe that it is time you really do something. I believe that it is time that you take a look at our side of issues. We are the ones that pay the taxes. We are the ones that cast the vote. We are the ones that do not give a hoot for someone else’s special interest. We are the ones that ...

Supporting Harrisville’s pot sale decision

Regarding Mike Westall’s ongoing diatribe against LEGAL marijuana sales in Harrisville (April 6), the easiest thing is to take the various rants in order. 1. I don’t know who Mr. Westfall is spending time with, but the idea that “big money with its nefarious connections” is elated by ...

Appears kids are not most important issue

I write this letter not out of anger but out of disbelief. I cannot believe that, after the children being deprived of more than 15 days of instruction in the Alpena County school district this winter because of snow days, the schools then took spring break! Are you serious? They also got a ...

You need good health, education and job

Work: A child can do it — mow grass, shovel snow, tend the garden — and get paid doing it. This will give them a little spending money. It will train them to hold a job. To prepare them to work on the job 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year. For this you must get enough money to live on. ...

City’s snow-removal fee burdens seniors

I was not going to get involved in the sidewalk snow problem, but I cannot remain silent. This being the unilateral decision to the bill the property owner for removing snow after two days, to the tune of $80 to do it. I can guess where it came from. This is a burden on the senior citizen who ...

Proud of Best-in-State honor for Osborne

We’re proud that Shaun M. Osborne, CFP, CRPC, CFS, has been named a Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor for 2019, awarded to advisors who provide a high-quality experience, and who are dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals. To learn more about Shaun M. Osborne, please call ...

Celebrate our local health care system

Since I began my medical career 50 years ago, I have been puzzled and fascinated by the process of healing. How do people find their way through a forest of pain, separation, and loss of ability, to regain confidence, good humor, and hope for the future, even when confronting only limited or ...

Trump just wants to look like a hero

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts for 2019 included a 90 percent cut for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Trump had proposed drastic cuts for this program in his 2017 and 2018 budgets, but the program was saved by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Trump and Bergman know these cuts ...

Harrisville a good community, good people

The good people of Harrisville (and they are very good) do not need to recall anyone, as they do a fine job here in this community. We also should have respect for the right to not have a meddlesome person like Mike Westfall bloviating all over the Alpena paper. Do you realize anyone that ...

Yes, I am in favor of legalizing marijuana

I am in favor of the legalization of cannabis. I personally know several people who have benefited from the use of cannabis in different forms for a variety of health issues, pain from bone cancer, migraine headaches, pain and swelling in the knees and pain from MS, also chronic back pain ...

We need more of Alpena’s finest around here

This evening, I was on my way back from shopping in Alpena, heading back to Long Lake, when my Jeep started acting up again and then just died. Got out to look at the engine to see what was up (had no clue, just know it as my green money pit). When I looked up again, here was this person, an ...

Thanks, News, for commemorating Easter

“By His wounds we were healed.” — 1 Peter 2:24 No gushy words. I just want to thank The Alpena News. Our world and nation is in the midst of — nay, in the throws of — a faith crisis. For a public and very widely read newspaper to commemerate what our Lord Jesus did for us on that ...

No wonder newspaper readership dropping

Per Justin A. Hinkley, in his March 30 commentary (“Do journalists owe Donald Trump an apology?”): “No ... so plainly obvious is the answer ... I could end this column right there.” Yeah, maybe he should have. Not only do journalists owe President Trump an apology, they also owe a ...

Marijuana will only cause problems

Ignorance and apathy: I don’t know and I don’t care. That’s Harrisville City Council’s impact statement on recreational marijuana. Area drug peddlers, users and big money with its nefarious connections are elated. People have known for centuries that cannabis causes significant ...

Diseases are crossing the southern border, too

After viewing the aftermath of the Washington circus, and now the Chicago matter of Smollett, I will never again mock these governmental banana republics around the world! I wouldn’t blame the police if they walked off their jobs. There was probably less crime and disorder when the late Al ...

Applaud local government on PFAS action

Open communication with government representatives is a privilege that I truly appreciate. Citizens sharing insight with their local government to better the community ... well, that’s simply the cat’s meow! Example: In February, 30 individuals, from local government, the District Health ...

Electoral College a process, not a place

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president. States’ entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives, plus two for senators ...