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Opinion

Tending the flock

Editorials and columns

In the Roman Catholic liturgical and lectionary calendar, the fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, and in the Gospel for this Sunday — April 22, 2018 — we hear Jesus describe himself as the good shepherd who willingly lays down his life for his sheep (John ...

Good luck to area teams at world championship

Editorials and columns

While it may seem like “old hat” to many of us, it is anything but for several Alpena High School students who return to the FIRST Robotics World Championship. Alpena Team 5505, V2 Robotics, walked away from the state championship last weekend with more than enough points to quality it ...

Real thing always better than supplements

Letters to the Editor

Common healthcare treatments recently unraveled as several universities disproved conventional wisdom surrounding cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Intrigued by research proving persons who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer and get less cancer, University of Colorado sought to ...

Workshop about Lake Huron fishery Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

The Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association is working with the Michigan Sea Grant and Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee to bring a Lake Huron Fisheries Workshop to Rogers City on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center located at 131 Superior Street. ...

Rules when workers are present

Editorials and columns

With spring weather upon us, it means the road construction season is right around the corner. At a presentation, I was asked, “What does ‘workers present’ mean in construction zones? Is it the immediate area workers are in, or is the speed zone in effect the rest of the work zone ...

Syria, Russia not being honest about chemical weapons

Editorials and columns

Syrian officials insist they did not use chemical weapons against civilians on April 7. Russian and Iranian leaders back them up. One Russian official accused the United States, England and France of having an ulterior motive for their missile attack on Syria last week. It was an attempt to ...

Media misses chance for tough questions

Editorials and columns

During this election year one of the most critical assignments for political reporters is to grill candidates who are running for this office or that. After all if they don't ask issue questions, how will a hapless voter have enough information to pick the most qualified office ...

How to make an entrance

Editorials and columns

Have you been spending time thinking of things you used to do — things you’d like to do again but can’t or won’t? I have. Tom Brindley’s recent column about small town movies and small town dreams together with our community’s discussion of projected changes to the old Maltz, ...

Selection of editorial cartoon was poor taste

Letters to the Editor

Whosever decision it was to publish the editorial cartoon in the commentary section on April 4, 2018, should have taken a moment to think about the message they were aiming to get across. The young people in our community, and nationwide, are looking to adults to be partners in solving the ...

Airport bid options hinge on flight times

Editorials and columns

For those of us excited about the possibility of Minneapolis flights returning to Alpena I’m afraid I have some bad news — temper your enthusiasm for a few weeks. Earlier in the week it was revealed SkyWest, in its bid to continue federally subsidized air service in Alpena, had given ...

Robotics competition shows future is bright

Letters to the Editor

This week I had the pleasure of watching 40 teams from throughout the State of Michigan compete in the Robotics competition at Alpena High School. Anyone who would question the commitment and talent these young people missed many of our youth at their finest. As important was the ...

Hoping the weather forecast is incorrect

Editorials and columns

The snowstorm hasn't hit as fingers hit keyboard. Man, do I hope the weathermen and women are Wrong, with a capital W ... ∫ I tweeted this on Wednesday: “Phoenix hit 100 yesterday, 4th earliest ever. We have snowflakes in the air with accumulation in the forecast. Mother Nature is a ...

We must do more to help with mental illness

Letters to the Editor

After watching so many school, church and concert shootings, I can't help but acknowledge the fact that mental illness plays such a big part. If you have ever had mental illness in your family you know there is absolutely no help available here in Alpena. When someone who suffers from ...

The return of the mom jeans

Editorials and columns

I see that "mom jeans" — that '90s look where the waistband of a woman's pants are up around her armpits — are back. Since I'm a guy, you probably expect me to say this is a terrible development in women's fashion, especially since they are replacing low-rise jeans. But you would be ...

Let’s wait to see if China is really changing policy

Editorials and columns

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

Observing robots help Alpena

Editorials and columns

Maybe you’re tired of hearing about robotics lately. Too bad, I’m going to write about it anyway, but from a slightly different perspective. I was involved in the FIRST Robotics competition this past weekend because of the Chamber. We played a small role in the overall event by managing ...