Opinion

Aid should come with expectation of proper spending

Editorials and columns

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Why do you volunteer?

Editorials and columns

Why do you volunteer? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Mostly because my schedule has gotten over-booked and I am finding the need to scale back on some of my commitments. There are a few things I want to get to that I simply have not had time for and it is leading me to ...

Eliminating source would help eliminate lone wolves

Editorials and columns

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that ...

Michigan’s gas tax not being spent properly

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Snyder wants to transfer $15 million from the fund to clean up leaking fuel tanks to fund additional clean-up of 7,000 sites polluted by industry. Now he just raised the tax on gas seven cents per gallon and 11.3 cents per gallon diesel, plus additional registration fees. We didn't get ...

Misinformation about Line 5 helps no one

Letters to the Editor

The Great Lakes and the Straits of Mackinac are precious waterways, particularly to those who have enjoyed them for decades. With this in mind, Enbridge also encourages our neighbors in the region “to act boldly” in regard to Line 5 by not perpetuating the misinformation shared in a March ...

Congress shouldn’t give up on repealing Obamacare

Editorials and columns

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

How important is it to community?

Editorials and columns

When I was in my early 20s I learned that the City had received funding via a “Cool Cities” grant. I was excited because if anyone knows what made Alpena cool, it would be a 20-something-year-old right? I remember talking to my career mentor about it at the time. The money was going to ...

Unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole story

Editorials and columns

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Enbridge playing word games with Line 5

Letters to the Editor

According to the March 14, 2017, edition of The Alpena News, Enbridge Inc. has identified 18 "holidays" on its Line 5 pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Whew. For a while there I was afraid that the absence of "protective covering" in 18 places on Line 5 might be something ...

The use of HGH not all it’s cracked up to be

Editorials and columns

Some men turn to human growth hormone or testosterone hoping to feel more youthful. HGH normally drops after sexual maturity while testosterone normally declines slowly throughout adulthood. While those with specific medical conditions benefit from hormones, for others the anti-aging ...

Governor has another, less-publicized, water problem

Editorials and columns

This is one of those stories that when you are finished reading it, you might say to yourself, this can't possibly be true. Oh, but it is. The state's ever-vigilant environmental lobby has more to do than gripe about Pipeline 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. There is another water ...

Some thoughts on future of Alpena water/sewer

Letters to the Editor

As a lifelong resident of Alpena County, I have followed the dispute between the city and Alpena Township over water rates. I'll reserve my opinion on the matter for another time. Things to consider are the fact that the city water/sewer infrastructure is about 100 years old, and the very ...

Recent news indicates slowing economy

Editorials and columns

The Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin is one of that state’s important tourism regions. As you turn on the main road of the peninsula and drive through Sturgeon Bay — the first community you pass on the peninsula — you can’t help but notice the vacant big box not far off the highway ...

Welcome news about city-wide garage sale

Letters to the Editor

It is so nice to hear that Alpena has organized a citywide garage sale this year. Many communities downstate have been doing this for sometime. This event is a fun way to get the community together and support its members. This is planned for the weekend of June 30, 2017-July 1, 2017. For ...

Of Twitter, Chuck Barris and Sears

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ Happy birthday to Twitter, which turned 11 this week. It seems like only yesterday when people kept their meaningless thoughts to themselves, doesn't it? ∫ I will say this for Twitter, though. It's still fun to see grown adults semi-cringe when they have ...

Remember there are multiple education options

Letters to the Editor

May I respectfully remind Mr. Robert Kennedy and others that parents of non-public school students pay public school taxes. Why should they not be allowed to access resources for the welfare of their children? Parents are the primary educators of their offspring and in our democracy have ...

Transparency legislation needs to be passed

Editorials and columns

Last week the Michigan House approved a package of bills aimed to make the offices of state lawmakers and the governor more transparent to the public. The legislation now has moved to the Senate, where it is expected to be greeted less enthusiastically. Thus, we ask Senate Majority Leader ...

Write governor, AG to keep Michigan clean

Letters to the Editor

"Pure Michigan" Are these merely words or is there real muscle and integrity behind the brand? Certainly, in the next few months, the Line 5 Pipeline debate will determine just what kind of a state we really are. We, as a citizenry must demand that our State leaders uphold their fiduciary ...