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Letters to the Editor

Women’s Health Unit took good care of family

I would like to use this space to brag about the amazing experience I had bringing my daughter, Molli, into this world at the Alpena Women’s Health Unit at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena this past June. From the doctor to the CRNA to the nurses to those who cleaned our room, I can’t ...

The right to bear arms shall not be infringed

Kenneth Oke, in his letter in the Saturday, Aug. 24 Alpena News, claims “Citizens should not own weapons of war.” He states that citizen-owned weapons should be limited to one shot at a time and registered. Using that inference, he should also agree that the First Amendment would not ...

Alpena offered grandkids a wonderful summer

As a grandma with grandkids who are new to our area, I would like to express my gratitude to Alpena’s many volunteers, businesses, and organizations that made this a fun-filled, adventurous summer for me and my grandsons! Many thanks go out to the Alpena County Library for their ...

In response to call for ban on ‘weapons of war’

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right ...” Actually, I’ll keep this simple without quoting the full Second Amendment or going into actual statistics on gun violence. Kenneth’s solution is to simply just take away all of the “weapons ...

What will history call President Donald Trump?

During a time of great crisis in America our most notable president (a Republican) earned the nickname the Great Emancipator. What label will history apply to today’s holder of that office (also a Republican) in light of his response to our present crisis? It could be the Great Abuser, ...

OK, but just who is my neighbor, exactly?

It is telling that the organizers of The Longest Table event sent invitations to their kumbaya-sandwich-on-the-bridge dinner. From the reporting in The News, they invited people at extant community organizations, people who likely already know each other (or know of each other), people who ...

Citizens should not own weapons of war

Weapons. Our U.S.A. was started with single-shot mascots, in the 1700s. Most citizens used them to put food on their plates. When war was started, big guns were used. We won at Fort Ticonderoga, we hauled the cannons 200 miles to defend Boston. The weapons of war kept getting bigger, bombs, ...

The elixir fantasies were wrong then and now

Americans are increasingly troubled and struggling with what they are seeing, hearing, and experiencing. Many appear to be searching for an elixir to ease their distress and sadness. Unfortunately, elixirs are known fantasies and are often dangerous. In our historical past, many Americans ...

Some information needs to be kept quiet

In the death of a young lady in Alpena, this does not need to be front page news as the family suffers. I have seen different things in The News which should say an accident occurred and not release any names. As many accidents on M-32. This is heartbreaking to the family enough to release ...

County was wrong to avoid paying sales tax

Is it just me or do others think it’s wrong for the county to hire out-of-state contractors so the county doesn’t have to pay sales tax? So let me understand this, the county who gets their money from taxes doesn’t want to pay taxes ( to save the taxpayers money). Taxes that local ...

Plaza Pool is a treasure to our community

It is sad to read articles regarding financial issues at the Alpena Plaza Pool. Our pool is a treasured asset in our community providing healthy activities for all ages. Living in Michigan means we are never more than six miles from a body of water. Learning to swim with qualified instructors ...

Fret not: You are safe from ticks here

The Alpena News’ Aug. 6 editorial offered excellent suggestions for avoiding ticks and correctly suggests that ticks are no reason to avoid the beautiful nature Northeast Michigan offers. Indeed, medical research continues to show decreased depression and decreased blood pressure in persons ...

In response to ‘Loving our busy, busy town’

I love guests and tourism, but I was one of the annoyed last month. Where the director saw dollar signs I saw danger and exclusion. I was annoyed by the city’s lack of measures to ensure safe walkability and cycling in the downtown core and in accessing the city beaches. The exclusion I ...

News got Habitat history wrong in recent story

Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan on 30 years of providing affordable and decent housing for lower-income families in our area. However, I would like to make one important correction to the recent article regarding this notable anniversary and give credit where ...

Remember responsibility of pet ownership

On July 18, my granddaughter was brutally attacked by a neighborhood dog. She received several injuries, with the most severe being the partial loss of her left ear. This unlicensed, un-vaccinated dog attacked her without provocation. Due to ongoing investigation I am unable to give further ...

Time for Congress to begin impeachment inquiry

It’s time for Congress to begin a formal impeachment inquiry. I can arrive at no other conclusion after Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress last week. Mueller did his job. Now it’s on Congress to do theirs. Trump may lie, but the evidence does not, and Mueller found plenty of it. His ...

Opposed to rezoning old Kmart property

I am opposed to rezoning the former Kmart Property from B-3 to light industrial. For eight years, I was on the Planning and Zoning Commission and am concerned with the long-range implications if this were rezoned to I-1. Here are my primary concerns: 1. This area abuts a wetland, is ...

Immigration protesters were misinformed

The recent Alpena protesters have been so misinformed of the real cause of the border crises which is getting worse by the day. A past congressman spelled out that the law reads that anyone crossing the border without any authorization is a felon subject to arrest, detained, and deported. It ...

Letter maligns everything country stands for

Well, Ms. Medland is at it again with her anti-President Donald Trump diatribe. Please, Carolyn, recognize that all issues/problems in this country cannot be attributed solely to President Trump. This country of immigrants has specific laws dealing with immigration, which have served this ...

AP saw different Mueller hearing than us

Apparently the three Associated Press reporters that had their names on the byline for The Alpena News headline article in the July 25 edition watched different hearings with Robert Mueller than I and others watched on July 24. They reinforced what I’ve been saying for some time now, that the ...