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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Alpena has changed greatly for the better

My family and I moved from Alpena in the early 1980s. At that time, the downtown area had a Penny’s store, Vaughn’s Department store, Country Cousins, Masters clothing store, Myers Furs, etc. and a cement plant that emitted horrible cement dust that coated everything that was ...

Many made Language Society trip possible

The Language Society of Alpena Community College would like to extend its appreciation to those involved in making the 2019 trip to Central European cities a success. With a total numbering 13 (with three faculty and 10 students), the group traveled from Detroit to Paris to Berlin to Potsdam to ...

Commissioners should speak up on Line 5

I learned recently that a growing number of county commissioners around the state are choosing to support resolutions that call on the governor, attorney general, and other state policymakers to approve a tunnel for Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5. Good for them. I’m happy that local officials — ...

Trump’s foreign policy is to protect Trump

The alliances in the Middle East are very complicated. They are very tribal, very religious, and centuries-old. The Turks hate the Kurds, and the the Kurds hate ISIS. Obama crafted an alliance of many countries, all concerned about ISIS, to “hire” the Kurds to fight on the ground against ...

Watch out for who the real scam artists are

I read the Alpena News Article in Saturday’s paper dated Sept. 21, 2019 regarding scams. The local scams are conceived and perpetrated by those who live in our communities, go to our churches, and whose children go to school with our children. For pure greed the City of Alpena undertook ...

My position on climate change misunderstood

You know, I wasn’t thinking of getting into a back-and-forth on this global warming thing with people who don’t read very well. I didn’t suggest that there is no such thing as climate change. You see, all I was trying to say, for your normal readers, is that if there is climate change, ...

Unsolicited support for Harbormaster Gilmet

I am writing to express totally unsolicited support for city Harbormaster Don Gilmet. First, I wish The News did not allow character assassinations in the Letters to the Editor. I understand free speech and that people have the right to their own opinion but it seems like an easy way to take ...

Congress, stop funding Trump’s hateful policies

It feels like every day, there is more news about how the Trump administration is traumatizing immigrant children and families. Children are held in cages, sleeping on concrete floors, and denied toothbrushes. These conditions are not due to a lack of resources, they are due to the Trump ...

Just some questions that need to be answered

Someone should answer the following questions: 1. Why do so-called “Christians” talk about shock when deceased babies are found thrown by their mothers in dumpsters, but continually vote for state and national legislators who support the abortion of babies up to the moment of birth (and, ...

In defense of Earl Elowsky on climate change

I find it interesting that in 1972 when the United Nations first submitted their theory of greenhouse gases trapping heat, it was labeled man-made “global warming.” That title has now given way to “climate change” as the computer model supporting global warming fell apart when there was ...

Please join us for Lifechain Sunday on U.S.-23

It’s that time of year again, the first Sunday in October. It’s Lifechain Sunday, a nationwide demonstration against abortion. Polls reveal that most Americans oppose abortion. We invite you to join us as we stand along State Street with signs and pray. What do we pray? Individuals have ...

Embarrassed by forgotten flag on Sept. 11

I am writing in regards to our city official/harbormaster, Don Gilmet, who had to be called and reminded to lower the flag at the boat harbor on 09-11. I am embarrassed by his lack of empathy and disrespect to those who lost their lives that day and the families left behind. Sept. 11 will ...