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This week marks the 79th celebration of National Newspaper Week in America, a week to reflect on the First Amendment and freedom of the press and all the good newspapers do for their community. The News celebrated in Saturday’s edition by inviting readers to take a look at a day in the life ...

Whitmer vetoes further Up North, downstate rift

Editorials and columns

It always has been an “us versus them” mentality for those of us who call Up North home. We refer to “downstaters” with a certain disdain in our voice. Who are “they” to try and tell us what we need, what we don’t have, or how backward we are up here? “Why, some of you ...

My position on climate change misunderstood

Letters to the Editor

You know, I wasn’t thinking of getting into a back-and-forth on this global warming thing with people who don’t read very well. I didn’t suggest that there is no such thing as climate change. You see, all I was trying to say, for your normal readers, is that if there is climate change, ...

Why I decided to become an ink-stained wretch

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“Hail the ink-stained wretches The reporters, the tireless tradesmen who claw at the TRUTH buried under the soundbite” — poem, The Dallas Morning News I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I remember October in third grade, when my class was assigned to write a short story ...

Unsolicited support for Harbormaster Gilmet

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to express totally unsolicited support for city Harbormaster Don Gilmet. First, I wish The News did not allow character assassinations in the Letters to the Editor. I understand free speech and that people have the right to their own opinion but it seems like an easy way to take ...

Doggone it, we love having cop dogs in town

Editorials and columns

Proper training is an important part of success. Just like humans, dogs need training, and over 320 canine units from across the nation and Canada were at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center this week for some of the best training being offered in the U.S. The training was being ...

Congress, stop funding Trump’s hateful policies

Letters to the Editor

It feels like every day, there is more news about how the Trump administration is traumatizing immigrant children and families. Children are held in cages, sleeping on concrete floors, and denied toothbrushes. These conditions are not due to a lack of resources, they are due to the Trump ...

Just some questions that need to be answered

Letters to the Editor

Someone should answer the following questions: 1. Why do so-called “Christians” talk about shock when deceased babies are found thrown by their mothers in dumpsters, but continually vote for state and national legislators who support the abortion of babies up to the moment of birth (and, ...

In defense of Earl Elowsky on climate change

Letters to the Editor

I find it interesting that in 1972 when the United Nations first submitted their theory of greenhouse gases trapping heat, it was labeled man-made “global warming.” That title has now given way to “climate change” as the computer model supporting global warming fell apart when there was ...

The patience and goodness of the Master Gardener

Editorials and columns

Over the past month, I’ve been busily harvesting beans, late peas, broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower and beets. Heirloom tomatoes are finally ripening, and deep green pumpkins are transforming to brilliant orange. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? What I failed to mention is that, from the ...

Please join us for Lifechain Sunday on U.S.-23

Letters to the Editor

It’s that time of year again, the first Sunday in October. It’s Lifechain Sunday, a nationwide demonstration against abortion. Polls reveal that most Americans oppose abortion. We invite you to join us as we stand along State Street with signs and pray. What do we pray? Individuals have ...

The future of democracy, journalism

Editorials and columns

I am concerned about the future of our democracy. Are you? In fact, I am more than concerned. I am worried we may be teetering on a point of no return. And I think we need to talk about it. I am inviting you to do just that at an open discussion sponsored by the Association of Lifelong ...

Glad Youth and Rec gave to Plaza Pool

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We are pleased the Plaza Pool received significant funding from the latest round of Alpena County Youth and Recreation Committee awards. The pool does not have an extensive means of raising funds and, without county and Youth and Recreation millage money, its future would be bleak. In ...

Yes, you can be cited for coasting

Editorials and columns

This question came in as a debate between family members. “Last weekend, we were traveling and talking about all the laws out there that law enforcement can potentially enforce. My brother didn’t believe me when I told him you can be cited for coasting in your vehicle. Who’s right ... ...

Get outisde to enjoy fall (and bring a friend with you)

Editorials and columns

Fall is a great time of year in Northeast Michigan. All four seasons offer something great: the sweet smells of spring, the sunny splendor of summer, the white crispness of winter. But fall is when Mother Nature really seems to put on a show, dressing up in all her colors and dazzling the ...

How to avoid financial predators

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A report released last year by the Center for Responsible Lending found that, from 2012 to 2016, payday lenders took more than $513 million in fees from consumers in Michigan, with fees and interest that can reach over 340% annual percentage rate (APR). Such high fees often cause borrowers ...

We can prevent suicide

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While September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month, groups in Northeast Michigan are recognizing the year-round responsibility of saving lives by offering suicide prevention training this month. As Lifestyles editor Darby Hinkley informed us in a recent edition, Abundant Life ...

Calling for a tow or doing it yourself

Editorials and columns

Along this way we’re bound upon, we can awaken to find ourselves in a dark wood — or not. Either way, we may need a tow. To that dark wood, let’s add a swamp — that way we can get buried to our axles. I’ll not discuss scenarios of causation. I’ve never heard a good one and can ...