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Letters to the Editor

Doesn’t this nation have enough problems?

Marijuana was criminalized and illegal. Now, Alpena city leaders are championing the promotion of recreational marijuana. With zero scientific credentials, these city leaders have turned their backs on the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, where marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug on ...

Life is more complicated than some think

Jackie Krawczak advises us that the real consequence of Venetian flooding is not that the city — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is sinking into the lagoon, or that the flooding is such an increasingly dire issue that the New York Times has published an article for tourists on what to ...

Enbridge practices winter pipeline safety

This time of year, most of us turn our attention to winter safety. As part of our ongoing safety programs, though, we prepare year-round for winter weather conditions, including those surrounding Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. In the unlikely event of an incident, we want to ensure we are ...

Future is bright for Habitat for Humanity

On Nov. 3, 2019, fire, ignited by an electrical shortage, consumed the ReStore and Re-Think Boutique by Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan, a source of support for our mission of “seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and ...

President Donald Trump condones war crimes

Another recent pardon by the president again undermines the ethical rules of engagement as laid out by the Pentagon in accordance with the Geneva Convention. Once again, this president demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge in ethical behavior in, well, practically every aspect of civil ...

This thanksgiving, be grateful for veterans

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is a time we are reminded to reflect on what we are thankful for. Many people think about things like, “I’m thankful for my family, my job, the roof over my head, my health.” While I, too, am thankful for those things, this message is to focus ...

Buck poles a long-lasting tradition

This is in reply to Elaine Thompson about the buck pole that was up the opening weekend of rifle deer season. I actually do, and have, physically put my hands to any deer that I have killed and thanked it for giving up its life so that my family can eat. It is sad that you seemed to make a joke ...

People don’t know where power comes from

Bill Speer in his Saturday, Nov. 16 Commentary column asks the question, “Why is natural gas falling out of favor as an energy source across the U.S.?” The simple answer, Mr. Speer, is that a great amount of people in our society are ignorant. These people think that the electricity they ...

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 ...