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Letters to the Editor

Electing Trump enables hateful behavior

Some observations from the past months. This was a bumper sticker displayed in a public place. Trump 2020/F**k Your Feelings (edited for newspaper). An Independent friend went to experience a Trump rally. She felt intimidated to clap and cheer for Trump. Trump taunted the “fake ...

The Democrats are lying to us about virus

The Democrats are lying to us, the Wuhan Virus numbers are padded in order to scare us all. The more we are scared the easier it is to take our liberties. The line that Mrs. Comar used about Flint water crisis proves my point. Whatever narrative the Democrats need to push the media jump to it. ...

Pandemic will go on if we don’t wear masks

I live in Atlanta, Michigan. The one grocery store in town is constantly overcrowded and social distancing is not practiced. That is why I choose to drive to Alpena and shop at Meijer. I appreciate the efforts made by their employees to keep the store as sanitary and safe as possible for its ...

Grateful for great care at Alpena hospital

I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent care I received during my recent stay at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. I would like to thank the staff in E.R. who took care of me before I was admitted, to Dr. Puls who did my surgery, and to the 3 South Staff who took care of ...

The Alpena Hospital’s promise to community

As our region continues to face the challenges of COVID-19, MidMichigan Health remains committed to providing care to all of the communities we serve. During such a time of uncertainty, the energy we have had to persevere through this pandemic has truly come from you – our community. We ...

Protesters embarrass this great nation

I was dismayed to see the pictures of the protest that occurred at the Capitol building on April 30. Ignoring social distancing guidelines which could endanger themselves and the selfish disregard of the impact they may have on others including in some cases the children they brought along ...

Criticism of Cardwell unfair, misdirected

Aiden Cardwell’s thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic are those of a man mature beyond his years. The criticism of his letter by Robert Page is unjustified and factually inaccurate. Page notes that Cardwell did not mention abortion, which is true. Letters about the pandemic usually do not ...

Protesters are Michigan, are not racists

The Monday, May 4, 2020 edition of The Alpena News had a front page article titled “Guv says ‘racism’ fueled virus protests” referring to Whitmer’s CNN appearance the previous day. She says “that’s not who we are”. No, I agree, we aren’t that. They, the protesters, are who ...

Focus on solutions, not laying the blame

In a recent statement our 106th District Rep. Sue Allor attempted to blame Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the economic woes of our state. She said “many businesses will not survive Gov. Whitmer’s orders, as many families have already been dealing with crippling financial stress caused by the ...

Hypocrisy in a young Democrat’s letter

In response to Mr. Cardwell, President, Young Democrats of Alpena: I am surprised. The level of hypocrisy in your letter is normally spewed by much more seasoned progressive liberals. Your concern about those who cannot protect themselves during this ongoing pandemic is a noble thought. We ...

Time to wake up, Alpena, on your schools

I laugh how clueless this city is with Con VanWagoner (elite). This guy is all excuses and whines when under his watch, the roof, the heating, mold, dripping roof in classrooms,the security needed updating. But never was maintained daily or yearly. We need more money. It’s for the kids ...

PI sheriff’s position on coronavirus is wrong

Recently, a few restless Michiganders have taken to the streets — sometimes brandishing assault rifles — to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shelter-in-place orders. Presque Isle Sheriff Joe Brewbaker agrees. Quoted in The Alpena News (April 25-26), he indicated that he will not enforce ...

Tell us how many people have recovered

A long time ago in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1980 Florence Nightingale was born to set the standards for modern nursing, and today that standard shows more and more in the way our brave people in the medical field are performing against this terrible virus. I congratulate them all for the ...

Hinkley’s recent commentary was heartfelt

Justin Hinkley wrote the most heartfelt commentary I have ever read in the Alpena News. Mr. Hinkley, I personally am so glad to have you here in Alpena. It is not “heartless and cruel” to report the truth. People now more than ever need to hear the statistics and learn how to battle this ...

On virus, acting like grownups will help all

Thank you to Alpena Police Department, Montmorency County Sheriff Chad Brown, and Alcona County Sheriff Scott Stephenson for protecting citizens against COVID-19 infection by enforcing Gov. Gretchen Whitemer’s “Stay At Home” order now extended to May 15, 2020. Dear impatient ones: ...

The Alpena News is a blessing to community

Hats off to the troops at The Alpena News! Just want to publicly give our needed appreciation to the people who work at The News ... You have held in there with both pleasant news and the bare, truthful, sometimes difficult facts! For Banner Realty, there is a lot of time and thought that goes ...

In response to state Rep. Allor’s column

Here is my response to state Rep. Sue Allor’s May 1 column: I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I believe that both of our political parties — through individual and group actions over the years — have abysmally failed the citizens in both Michigan and the U.S. Your column ...

Arbuckle, Hinks leave us lasting legacies

Recently, we learned of the passing of two leaders in our community, Jim Arbuckle and Avis Hinks. Each of these very special individuals made a significant difference in making our community a better place to live. Jim’s preference was to be the quiet, behind-the-scenes leader to a great ...

Patriotic duty: Observe stay-home orders

It goes without saying we live in unprecedented times. Alpena and Michigan as a whole are ghost towns … or at least they should be. April 15 saw thousands march on Lansing to protest the “barbaric” Stay at Home Order, calling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mandate an “infringement upon ...

Vote absentee to vote while staying safe

We are living in unprecedented times. Our lives and routines have been turned upside down. However, we should look ahead that this, too, will pass. As we consider the future, it’s important to remember that as citizens of a democracy, we have some important decisions this year. We were able ...