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Letters to the Editor

Vote yes for the future of our public library

On Aug. 6, voters in our community will have the opportunity to renew the millage for the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library. This millage is a renewal of what currently exists and will serve to finance necessary updates to the library’s facility — a necessary renovation that ...

Trump’s border policies are costing the US

In 1948 after the Holocaust, the U.N. determined there needed to be a refugee status, or that people should have the right to seek shelter from harm. In 1980, the U.S. Congress legislated a similar definition that we would accept people “who have a well-founded fear of persecution.” Trump ...

Paradegoers were dishonoring the flag

I was dismayed with the front page photo on July 5 describing “paradegoers honor the flag.” The picture actually captured at least two U.S. flags laying on the ground/blanket. I am sure your photographer could have found other paradegoers who were honoring the flag properly. First rule of ...

Vote yes on library millage renewal Aug. 6

I urge everyone to vote yes on the library millage RENEWAL election Aug. 6. If passed, this 0.25-mill levy will enable our library to continue the excellent services that now exist, plus create a safer public space and improved accessibility for patrons. The renewal will help pay for a ...

Robert Mueller is no American hero, folks

Mark Shields, anti-Trump syndicated columnist, in his July 8 column in The News attempted to shield (pun intended) Robert Mueller from his recent and future actions by relating what Mueller did in the 1960s. Yes, Mueller served in Vietnam, and he should be commended for his service. But what ...

Sunken Lake Park is a regional treasure

Although Sunken Lake Park sits in Presque Isle County, it is a treasure to the Alpena Parks and Recreation Department. I like to camp and this park is close to home, a real convenience. Through the years, park managers have come and gone, as well as park hosts. I really would like to commend ...

Besser exhibit is a wonderful way to learn

The Jewish Resistance exhibit now at the Besser Museum is a grim reminder of the tyranny, oppression, and mass murder that occurred under Nazi rule. Project-based learning is an excellent way of learning. History is our greatest teacher. Students and teachers are to be congratulated! MARYLIN ...

Support county library millage renewal

A fact of life is that if we don’t change, we die. That’s true on a macro level, where Northeast Michigan seeks to increase economic opportunity to keep up with changing industry. It’s also true on a micro level, where changing for survival often comes in the form of a new job or way of ...

Looking forward to Northern Strike visit

I read with interest Master Sgt. Jason Kinney’s presentation to the Alpena Township board on the upcoming Northern Strike military exercises. I was disheartened that he felt the need to advise the troops not to wear their military uniform in town as they might “freak out” the locals. In ...

Election letters due July 24

Letters to the editor related to the Aug. 6 election will not be accepted after 5 p.m. July 24. The July 27 edition of The News will be last to carry any such letters. Email newsroom@thealpenanews.com or call 989-354-3111, ext. 317 for more information.

Protecting life is God’s choice, not woman’s

Children are given eternal souls by God at conception, and little causes me more outrage than the murder of innocent babies in their mother’s wombs. Kate Phillips (June 22) proclaims abortion as a woman’s choice. So who in this abortion decision speaks for the unborn child? When the ...

Read Mueller’ report on the Trump probe

Our democracy depends on an informed electorate! A free download of Robert Mueller’s report is at Mullerbookclub.com On May 29, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held his first public statement in two years since starting his investigation, and it was remarkable: “If we had confidence that ...

Drivers, pay attention for wildlife on roads

Thank you, idiot driver ... This morning, in broad daylight, around 7 a.m., you killed the innocent big female turtle trying to lay her eggs. Turtle and frog and snake populations are down dramatically. With waterside property in grass instead of “nature,” lawnmowers are killing ...

Respect respectable dining, dress right way

We ate at Rosa’s on Friday evening, with its new and surprisingly ambitious menu and cloth napkins and wine specials. We enjoy dining at Rosa’s and appreciate the seriousness with which all involved take their job of providing what passes for a fine dining experience in this area. Alas, ...

Failure to uphold Constitution latest trend

The AP story of June 27 about funding the border crises was very alarming, and a bit confusing. I consider the action of the Demorats as a bold act of treason, and a complete violation of their oath of office! Nowhere in history have American taxpayers been lied to, oppressed and exploited! ...

Get your facts about the Bible straight

In response to Ms. Shiemke’s letter (June 29) comparing Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ flight to Egypt to current illegals entering our country at the southern border, I would suggest that she read her Bible concerning the actual account of that flight. Contrary to her statement, they were not ...

Some ideas for a downtown parking garage

Just reread Steve Schulwitz article, “Paid parking pondered.” I think the perfect place for a parking garage is on the corner where the old Alpena Power building was. Foot access to downtown; shopping, art galleries and restaurants. Foot access to “Old Town,” the Visitors Info Center, ...

Vote yes to support library millage renewal

I would like to express my support for the upcoming Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library millage. The library is a place for ALL of us and we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community library. I personally have utilized the library for a Snow Shoe Class, enjoyed a ...

Social Security, Medicare, other priorities

This is in direct response to the out-of-state Republican pundits. My question: Do they care about the needs and desires of our community? My question to you: Are we sure what our top priorities are? Here are some and you tell me what you think. Protect Social Security and Medicare. Reduce ...

Three people have a choice in a pregnancy

Realistically, any pregnancy involves three people: the pregnant woman, the man who fathered the child, and the child itself. It is flawed thinking to allow only the woman to have a choice. A woman’s choice begins with responsibility for her actions prior to pregnancy. Once pregnant, the ...