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Letters to the Editor

I ask: Has the Republican Party lost its way?

Do we the people have it in us to heal this nation? As a lifelong Republican, I question if voting Republican in November is the best thing for our country. I am equally not sure that the Democratic Party offers a solution to heal the country’s divisiveness, restore relations between ...

It’s time to tell Donald Trump ‘you are fired!’

This year’s crises of a pandemic and racial hatred have shown that Donald Trump has no ability to be our leader. The nation is in freefall. He is more concerned about reelection than about the American people as a whole. The COVID-19 crisis exposed this. Trump tried to wish the facts of ...

America is losing the war against COVID-19

Donald Trump and his gang of incompetents and political flunkies have fumbled every aspect of the pandemic and are responsible for the place we are in today Claiming that we are in a “good spot” while cases soar past 3 million and deaths exceed 131,000 is ignoring reality and claiming ...

Grand Old Party has changed dramatically

The Grand Old Party, or the GOP, has left me and many others starting around 1984, whether we want to admit it or not. Actually, we left them! I was a member for the first 22 years of my voting life, beginning in 1962 as a junior in college. In the early years of my life, I was thankful because ...

Don’t wear a mask. Just stay away from me

So the Mayor of Alpena, Matt Waligora, is quoted in an article in the June 27 edition of The Alpena News, saying, “It’s not so much that I don’t believe (wearing masks) works, because I’m not a scientist or a doctor.” And yet, myriad doctors and scientists and, now, even the vice ...

Country divided into true/false, not red/blue

In 1949, the Fairness Doctrine was written to regulate broadcasters by “requiring that controversial issues of public importance be presented in an honest, equitable and balanced manner.” Regrettably, the law was abolished in 1987. Australian-born Rupert Murdock then started buying ...

I am not anyone’s judge, but our God will be

This letter is a response to the article “’Here I am. This is me. Get over it.’” I was just wondering when Heterosexual Week or Abstinence Month was going to be celebrated? Adultery, fornication, bestiality and pedophilia (which some of them are illegal but still sexual choices) are ...

The coronavirus will be a major challenge for our schools this fall

COVID-19 is a major challenge for schools. Alpena’s children need and deserve a healthy, safe environment for learning and transportation to school. The guidance provided by the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap provides several levels of mitigation strategies for consideration by school ...

Both political parties have failed so miserably to protect life in US

For some people, the only exercise they get is jumping to conclusions. So it is with Cathleen Bower’s letter to the editor dated June 13. Cathleen, I’m sure you mean well, but your assumptions and incorrect conclusions that I hold the GOP blameless for the ills of society, including the ...

Why is guv not serving her ‘state family’?

I read with interest the commentary by Tim Skubick titled “Guvs Need Their Families, Too.” However, my opinion of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer differs from what is written. Gov. Whitmer did not “... evacuate 10,000 members of her state family in Midland as cascading flood waters turned the ...

Stop holding area water-sewer users hostage

When will it end? At what cost can we taxpayers of the City of Alpena and Alpena Township continue to fund this never-ending dispute? According to The Alpena News, a total of $725,000 have been expended so far on the lawsuit by the City of Alpena and $830,000 by the residents of Alpena ...

Slow down for wild animals out on the road

Every year around this time, there are little bodies of turtles, baby skunks, raccoons strewn about our roads. Crushed, run over, stomped on and, even in some cases, people had run over them on purpose. Two turtles were stomped on by someone going to get their mail in the mailbox. I once saw ...

Keep opinions, political agenda out of school

I posted a few months back about the socialist liberal indoctrination happening in our schools. Well here it is, in today’s paper I read that Mr. Mack has a whole 275 signatures on a petition to change the curriculum and ban the Confederate Flag. Mr. Mack, do your research on the meaning ...

Thanks to Hinkleys for being part of Alpena

As daily readers of The Alpena News for 30 years, minus winter escapes, we have always enjoyed keeping up with daily Northeast Michigan life. In these times fraught with concern and fear of COVID-19 and very divisive politics, we are even more aware of what extremely balanced and factual ...

If Whitmer can protest, we can vote in person

On Thursday, June 4, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attended a protest march in Detroit where she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with people not of her immediate family. Gov. Whitmer previously advocated all registered voters be sent absentee ballot applications based on her opinion voting in ...

Alpena folks made me proud with marches

ALPENA HOSTS TWO PROTEST MARCHES IN ONE WEEK Alpena has always been a caring and empathetic community, but my heart was overflowing with pride this week as its citizenry took to the streets to demonstrate their compassion and concern for the black and brown members of this country. This ...

Sharpest drops in abortion under Democrats

Well, Robert Page, I thought I’d research abortion rates in the United States, as you feel it is “the single defining issue of your generation.” I question that is true, but let’s take a look. During the last 30 years, abortion rates have fallen the most under Democratic presidents. ...

Making sense of state’s virus restrictions

So far, the Olympics, the Octoberfest, the Cherry Festival, and, locally, the Brown Trout Festival have all been canceled because of the high rate of contagion of the coronavirus. These events have not been eliminated without consideration. Understood that we are all getting anxious about ...

Let’s rethink fireworks displays on July 4

Almost everyone enjoys firework displays, but what I have read from the Moffit Cancer Center is alarming, and I share it with you. Fireworks release toxic chemicals in the air, water and soil, which are persistent remaining in the soil for years. The Moffit Cancer Center said this: “The ...

Always shine light on the travesty of abortion

I was a bit disappointed in the replies to my letter to the editor dated May 4. The responses I received only admonished my opinion on abortion as not newsworthy or not appropriate for today’s times. It is exactly this type of thinking of political correctness that has virtually destroyed ...