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Opinion

Motorists, bicyclists should show respect

Editorials and columns

Although I have previously published this article, there have been numerous complaints to the post in regards to motorists sharing the roadway with bicycles. Citizens complain the bicyclists are riding three or more wide, taking up the entire lane, causing traffic to slow down, and the ...

Summer sounds from an earlier Alpena

Editorials and columns

Let me take you back to a time when TV sets were few and those that were around had poor reception from distant stations; back when people got up and walked places, talked to people, and grocery shopped at neighborhood stores. On those rare occasions when reception was clear — the result ...

Oh, how quickly the high road is abandoned

Editorials and columns

It’s a funny thing what politicians will do once they conclude their campaign needs a kick in the pants. Ask Democratic candidate for governor Abdul El Sayed, who recently flip-flopped on the issue of attacking his opponents. Last June, during the first televised debate featuring Gretchen ...

On water fight: There’s no money tree

Editorials and columns

I remember my brother and I being told growing up many a time, “You know, money doesn’t grow on trees.” As an adult, I wasn’t so sure my parents were right as I drove up to the ATM machine to withdraw funds. To my boys in the back seat, it seemed like all dad had to do was punch some ...

Kowalewsky a strong asset in PI County

Letters to the Editor

Primary elections are quickly approaching, and I want to take this chance to brief you on the register of deeds race in Presque Isle County. About one year ago, a tragic event required that someone be selected to step up, mid-term, to become the register of deeds there. Vicky Kowalewsky was ...

Time to act on Line 5

Editorials and columns

Here are some numbers to ponder this morning. Hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline. $1.8 billion in clean-up costs. 2.4 million gallons of spilled oil. Those are some of the staggering numbers found in a 400-page draft report released by Michigan officials Thursday. The ...

Better off? It’s time for a change in Lansing

Letters to the Editor

Here is the question Michiganders need to be asking themselves. Are you better off now then you were eight years ago? At a recent forum, a candidate said “people are struggling.” The evening then became a conversation about people’s frustrations and worries. A woman ...

Veterans office helps vets and community

Letters to the Editor

I am writing today to urge all voters to support and approve the millage renewal (with slight increase) of the Alpena County Veterans Office. The benefit produced by this small, two-man operation is by far a huge plus for the entire county. Not only is the local veteran and their family ...

Conklin is the standout for PI probate judge

Letters to the Editor

In this day and age, it is important that people pay attention to who they are electing to represent them. I did research and found that, of the three running for probate judge in Presque Isle County, only one really stands out. That is Rogers City native and resident Katy Conklin. Katy is the ...

Vote to renew Youth and Recreation tax

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena League of Women Voters is urging a “yes” vote on the Youth and Recreation Renewal Millage. After studying recreation, the League came to a consensus that recreation in the area should have coordination of functions and facilities throughout the Alpena area. These needs will be ...

Michigan can be a ‘top-10’ state for jobs

Letters to the Editor

We would like to take an opportunity to share with the residents of Northeastern Michigan an exciting opportunity to get involved with something we believe is important to all of us: the betterment of our economy, our communities, and our beautiful state of Michigan. Just eight years ago, ...

There is no winner in the water dispute

Letters to the Editor

As a township resident with water and sewer services, I could not believe the $803,000 attorney and expert fees reported in the Alpena News today. For the past four years we have paid double for water and sewer in anticipation of “winning” the lawsuit against the city. There is no ...

Don’t be stupid, go to your dentist

Letters to the Editor

With many medical diseases, researchers find strong risk factors and then determine how the risk factor is associated with the disease. Occasionally, risk factors are directly linked to disease by cause and effect, such as infectious diseases. Other diseases are more difficult and are proven ...

Conklin would be a just judge for PI County

Letters to the Editor

Remember the parable of the unjust judge in Luke, Chapter 8? This man neither feared God nor had respect for people, until a determined widow brought him to heel. Ever wonder how such a bad actor became a judge in the first place? Probably because no one checked his record! This year in ...

Vote yes for Alpena Community College

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena League of Women Voters is urging a “yes” vote on the Alpena Community College renewal millage. The League position based on previous study and member agreement states that there should be adequate plant facilities for implementation of education, an educational system that meets ...

Doing nothing at jail site may not fly

Editorials and columns

Don’t you love an interesting tale of “good vs. evil?” Wednesday’s Finance Committee meeting of the Alpena commissioners reminded us of such a tale. In one corner was Commissioner Cam Habermehl, champion of the little guy and common sense everywhere. In the other corner was the ...

The collective impact of chambers

Editorials and columns

The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce belongs to the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals (MACP). It’s where we receive much of our staff’s professional development resources and training, how we work to strengthen the chamber industry in the state and where we find advice and ...

My grandmother’s legacy: Love, support

Editorials and columns

Margaret Kline always said she wanted to marry a farmer. She loved telling the story of how she rode the Snow Train to Alpena from Detroit for the winter carnival. Spending time as a girl on her relative’s farm gave her visions of living on her own farm. After meeting Grandpa upon arriving in ...

Michigan ranked a great place to retire

Editorials and columns

A new study out this week pegs Michigan as a pretty attractive place to retire. Mind you, it doesn’t compare to number-one South Dakota, which evidently has become a very attractive senior magnet, but at number 14, it fared better than 36 other states as a retirement destination. The ...