Death with dignity

Editorials and columns

My wife, Penny is a very smart and worldly person. One of the things she shared with me was that, when people would comment, “If I die …,” we both would be perplexed, in that there is no “if.” Death is a natural part of life’s cycle. Being in the health care profession for over ...

Thank you, poaching tipsters

Editorials and columns

Poaching helps no one. It’s bad for the environment, throwing wildlife officials’ habitat management plans off-kilter when an animal is killed unexpectedly. It’s bad for hunters, taking an animal at which a legal hunter could have had a shot — and giving hunters a bad name. And, ...

Whitmer’s Florida hypocrisy

Editorials and columns

Hypocrisy in Lansing is nothing new, but recent unforced errors by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other ruling-class Democrats have reached new levels. First, it was Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. The uber liberal — nominated by Democrats but officially elected as a ...

Thank a school bus mechanic

Editorials and columns

Every day, we put our kids’ lives in the hands of so many people. Teachers. Coaches. Youth pastors. Karate instructors. But the first person we trust with our kids’ lives every day is their bus driver -- and the school district’s bus mechanic. As News staff writer Crystal Nelson ...

Minimum wage hikes hurt young most

Editorials and columns

The focus of minimum wage debates usually centers on the number of job losses that could result from an increase. Those job losses, however, do not impact all types of workers equally. Increasing the minimum wage leads to employers shifting away from younger workers toward older, ...

Know the signs of human trafficking

Editorials and columns

If something seems off, don’t be afraid to tell someone. So say advocates for ending human trafficking, who held an event Monday in Alpena to highlight the problem and let Northeast Michiganders know it happens here. Trafficking can take on many forms, but it always involves a vulnerable ...