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Letters to the Editor

Unpaid caregivers forgotten in COVID-19

The posted Michigan COVID-19 vaccine priority list makes no mention of unpaid caregivers. These are the people, usually family members, who attend on a daily basis to the elderly and disabled. We may have only one such person to provide assistance to but frequently we are that person’s ...

Did blue lives matter to those Capitol thugs?

Would like to know how much blue lives mattered to the thugs who stormed our nation’s Capitol last week. Evidently not much as they killed one and injured many. CONNIE SYSAK, Greenbush

Northern Lights Arena a great opportunity

My county administer job got me assigned to this project, it instantly flashed me back to 1966. As city planner I was assigned the task to build a community center for a great local Golden Gloves Boxing program housed in an awful building and a need for a basketball court. Just like the old ...

Opinion ad should be labeled as an opinion

Dear editor: First, I would like to commend you for your honest and clearly written editorials in The Alpena News, I am very happy to have you there. Second, I am extremely bothered by a column that has appeared in the weekend edition of the Alpena News for at least the last three weekends, ...

Between banana republic, ‘Brave New World’

Do we lock up our political opponents in America? So far, the answer is no. But for how long will that act be outside the bounds of American politics? Some thought it would be 2016. We know the chants — “Lock her up!” — that raged at Donald Trump’s rallies. Predictably, he never ...

Alpena County Dems condemn insurrection

The Alpena County Democratic Party condemns in the strongest possible terms the coup attempt launched by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. These insurrectionists, which include elected officials and the rioting mob, attempted to overturn the fair election of President-elect ...

Ultimate goal of this letter is to save a life

This letter concerns abortion but is not about abortion. The Lord has convicted me to write this letter. I have mulled it over for several days and just have to do it. Please try to read this in the context that it was intended. In this day and age abortion has become a highly ...

Bergman did what he could for constituents

Once again, shock value and bias win out over “all the facts” and actual reporting. TV 9and10 News used the siege of our U.S. Capitol video as background for announcing calls for Congressman Jack Bergman to resign for having the nerve to support a constitutional right. Did any ...

Why media has been fixated on COVID-19

Unrelenting virus coverage allowed your paper and the mainstream media to fill your pages and network time slots to effectively avoid covering Donald Trump’s successes and Joe Biden’s scandals; and to use the virus to support state efforts to relax election integrity safeguards, opening the ...

Yes, the change must come from each of us

Writing to The News is always a bit of a crapshoot. I never know if I’ll be able to make my point and I don’t get to use special dice like Big Jule in “Guys and Dolls.” Still, nothing ventured, etc., as the kids (?) say. I am struck by Anne Gentry’s essay in Thursday’s News. I ...

Intelligence community absent last four years

There is a man whose second wife is a beautiful woman from a country that was a former member of the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). In his business he is surrounded by and he owes significant amounts of money to Russian interests. He occupies a high U.S. governmental office but is ...

Expressing appreciation for everyday heroes

Thankfully, the year 2020 is now in our rear-view mirror. The COVID-19 pandemic brought so much pain and sadness for many and shone the light on everyday heroes that helped us get through 2020. The list of everyday heroes is endless, but workers in health care, teachers, retail, restaurant, ...

So grateful to our community in a trying year

Although 2020 has been a trying year (to say the least) for most of us, it has shed a light on what a wonderful community we live in. We welcome 2021 with a big THANK YOU to all of our customers in Alpena and surrounding communities for your overwhelming support of our business and ...

Seeking abundance of blessings in new year

“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 145:8. If only we can believe, repent and trust in His all abiding presence. What a beautiful season to celebrate the gift of life, when Mary gave her “Fiat” (yes) to become the Mother of God ...

US becoming third-world country on voting

The Monday, Dec. 28 Alpena News had on its front page an Associated Press (AP) article titled “Despite smooth election, GOP leaders seek vote restrictions”. That headline made me burst out laughing. The article claimed that expanded absentee voting “proved hugely popular and helped ...

Election was corrupt, illegal, and illegitimate

I still have hope that by the time this letter appears in The Alpena News, that President Donald Trump will be declared the 46th president of the United States. This election was corrupt, illegal and illegitimate. Having said that, there are those of you who legitimately voted for Joe Biden ...

County GOP should denounce Rep. Bergman

It was a shocking revelation to learn that our 1st District representative to the United States Congress, Jack Bergman, signed on to a Texas lawsuit that would overturn the election in Michigan. When elected, Bergman put his hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution of the ...

Story on recent tragedies hurt, was unneeded

I am very disappointed in The Alpena News for a recent article in the Dec. 19 edition, “2020 saw violence: Police see no trend after two murder-suicides this year.” Publishing a story like this is nothing more than a grab for readership based on events that have deeply affected local ...

Could a newspaper save our country? Maybe

A newspaper you have never heard of is currently your best chance to read painfully honest print or digital journalism. Yes, “tip of the hat” to The Alpena News for the best source for local news, but let’s face it, the editorials and national stories from the Associated Press that ...