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Letters to the Editor

The real reason Ukrainian aid was held up

Today, Nov. 16, 2019, CSPAN “Washington Journal,” Susan Low Bloch, constitutional law professor, Georgetown University Law Center, explained the constitutional impeachment process. During her explanation, she explained that in the case of President Donald Trump, he used a quid pro quo to ...

Understanding the Republican political logic

Republican Political Logic Yes, the robbers were apprehended while robbing a bank and some people may have been injured. But nothing really happened because no money ever left the bank. No crime — no foul. LANCE A. HEITZ, Presque Isle

Remember all the important elections in 2020

On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Northeast Michigan, we would like to remind voters of important elections coming up in 2020. Not only is there the general election in November and the August primary, Michigan has a presidential primary on March 10, 2020. For those who will be ...

I can understand why there’s police shortage

Regarding the Nov. 18 story, “Police agencies struggle with recruitment,” it is no surprise to me, and I could see a major law enforcement crises coming shortly. Its obvious because of the way the big media and some liberal courts treat them as bloodthirsty storm troopers! I had a relative ...

Sure every hunter thanked deer for sacrifice

As for the animals on display locally, hung along a pole (to bleed out, someone said): It’s OK. I’m sure each hunter, when his or her animal’s eyes glazed over in death, bent down to whisper in its ear: “Thank you, brother deer, for giving your life so I can feed my family.” ELAINE ...

Celebrate America Recycling Day every day

America Recycling Day celebrates and promotes recycling in the U.S. and falls on Nov. 15 each year. On this day, people are encouraged to spread the word about the benefits of recycling and to practice recycling themselves. This holiday was created by the National Recycling Coalition in ...

On Nov. 3, 2020, you must choose correctly

“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” You and I are approaching a historical ...

Some disturbing linguistic double standards

Recently, my family experienced a disturbing case of linguistic double standards. My 5-year-old grandson attends elementary school in Pittsburgh, not far from the site of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. His kindergarten class was undergoing an active shooter drill when my grandson ...

APlex put on a great Imagination Movers show

Wanted to show my appreciation to the hardworking staff of the APlex that created a fun and free experience for families during the Imagination Movers children’s concert. Not only was it a fun concert for the whole family, but the APlex provided snacks, drinks, face paint, and bounce houses! ...

Alpena News is good, heres’ more good news

In addition to the good news of The Alpena News, I have in the past several months subscribed to an excellent weekly paper called THE EPOCH TIMES, which was established in 2000. It is a well-put-together news accounting of current issues with a balanced format. On the front page of The Epoch ...

Really concerned with Halloween safety?

Trunk or Treat was originally started by church groups with the aim of providing a safer environment for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Children could trunk-or-treat on Oct. 31, rather than going house to house through dark streets with traffic. It would eliminate the worry that candy was ...

We really need to decriminalize drug use

Hope my headline grabbed your attention. We need to decriminalize the possession and use of all drugs, Schedule I-V. Why? Because people are dying, not because of opiates like heroin, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, etc. They are dying because the commerce in these substances is ...

School leaders don’t understand word ‘no’

They’re bringing it up again, just as it was known they would. It’s too bad that those who are educating children don’t know what “NO” means themselves. So the bonds were voted down before and for some reason, some people aren’t educated enough to understand why. They feel they ...

Time to end political confusion on Line 5

After several months of political confusion, the Michigan Court of Claims rejected Attorney General Dana Nessel’s attempt to stop the Line 5 project authorized by the Legislature and the previous governor. Regardless, she has appealed the rejection despite public calls to drop the ...

Court ruled, let’s start building Line 5 tunnel

I saw on the news that the Court of Claims said the plan to build the Great Lakes Tunnel is constitutional. That’s great news, because we need the tunnel to keep the Straits of Mackinac safe while making sure energy needs are met. Lost in all the talk about the tunnel is what it means for ...

Must come together to protect our schools

As a mother and nurse, I am appalled at the buildings we ask our kids to spend the bulk of their days in. Mold, asbestos and lead paint are toxic to the human body and forcing vulnerable children to seek education in these settings is horrifying. This is a public health crisis. I’ve been on ...

DART should expand evening ride services

As the Dial-a-Ride business requests an increase in millage, it seems a good time to point out the need for evening services. A large segment of the Alpena population consists of persons who do not drive cars, including the disabled. This leaves these people with no way to attend the many ...

Trump has broken military’s sacred promise

As an infantry soldier during the 1950s, I made a promise to my fellow soldiers, and they to me, that we would never abandon a comrade on a field of battle. That promise was not unique to my time of service. It has been a universal commitment honored within our military for time ...

Question we should be asking on health care

The United States of America pays more for health care than any other nation in the world and most of the developed nations and even some under-developed nations provide universal health care for all of their citizens. The real question is, “Why don’t we have the health care we are already ...

Has Alpena thought about parking meter cost?

INSTALLING PARKING METERS IN ALPENA? Have the administrators thought about the COSTS? 1.) The COST of the meters 2.) the COST OF installing them: sealing them to a secure base, ripping up the sidewalks in the process, securing cement replacement 3.) The COST of collecting the money ...