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Opinion

Whitmer sets up a letdown

Editorials and columns

Maybe she should have added to her request this: “Pretty please, with sugar and honey on it?” But she didn’t use the line that was often offered to children when you knew they should do something they were loathed to do. So, it’s likely Gov. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plea for a ...

Alpena, Alpena Township have to get it done

Editorials and columns

When, as News staff writer Steve Schulwitz recently reported, the Michigan Supreme Court denied Alpena Township’s appeal in its yearslong court battle with Alpena over water and sewer rates, the justices sent a clear signal that the fight must be settled locally. Even before the Supreme ...

The Alcona-Iosco county line

Editorials and columns

Alcona County, “First of the 83,” looks south to faraway Iosco County this month. Harrisville is equidistant between Alpena and Tawas City, and between Ossineke and Oscoda. Is Alcona more in the orbit of Alpena County or Iosco? Some say that Up North begins at the Alcona-Iosco county ...

Let’s remember what’s essential

Editorials and columns

My great-grandmother made the world’s best strawberry-rhubarb pie. She paid me in pie for mowing her lawn — on the riding mower out on the acreage, which was fun, and with one of those old-school, motorless, manual mowers up close to the house, which was not. Great-Grandma Baker’s ...

The recovery must include the care economy

Letters to the Editor

Women’s workforce participation is plummeting, Nationally, nearly one in three women ages of 25 - 44 have been pushed out of the labor force because they have no access to affordable childcare. Child professionals are being underpaid or pushed out of jobs as well. Women’s labor force ...

The church is ready for post-pandemic world

Editorials and columns

I looked around at a full church last Sunday on Easter. By all accounts, the one I attended was pretty full, compared to weeks previous. So were many around the community, the state, and the country last week. While Easter Sunday will do that at most church services, last week’s was ...

Be careful or this country will self-destruct

Letters to the Editor

Good morning Mr. Hinkley. The IMF force has asked for some investigating matters of this character that he and others call President. This man is unconsciously destroying this country. During this COVID-19 crisis, businesses throughout the country had to comply with much costly regulation, and ...

Public defender office the right move

Editorials and columns

The only true justice comes after a fair fight. Our Constitution guarantees every person charged with a crime the right to an attorney who can raise a sound defense in open court. That means the state must pay to hire an attorney to defend those who can’t afford to hire an attorney for ...

What’s the point of an Equality Act Bill?

Letters to the Editor

What’s the point of an Equality Act Bill? An adult already has the right to choose their sexual preference and change their gender. The point is, the Equality Act Bill is not to ensure the rights of the LGBTQ community, but to impose on the rights of others that do not share their opinions. ...

Pleasant reflections on Wellington Township

Editorials and columns

Only a couple paved road surfaces — the rest are gravel — no traffic lights or street lights; instead, starlight and moonlight. There is no Main street, no Main Street businesses — no businesses at all. But there are back roads — all that’s needed, providing you’re not in a tizzy ...

God gives us many Toms

Editorials and columns

The man with the needle looked more nervous than I was. He pawed through paperwork, then picked up the syringe between inexpert fingertips and fumbled for a cleaning wipe. He was gray at the temples, kind-looking, and definitely not a medical professional. His name was Tom, and his name tag ...

Youth and Rec needs to be big this year

Editorials and columns

The coronavirus took something from each of us. If not a loved one who perished from the disease, it took away our job or our business or our favorite gathering place. It took away our chance to see friends and loved ones and celebrate milestones. We feel worst for our children. In the ...

Keep up the good work on vaccines

Editorials and columns

Reading Tuesday’s edition of The News thrilled us. To see that Presque Isle County leads the state in its vaccination rates and that all four Northeast Michigan counties have earned a spot in the top 10 overjoyed us. Much credit goes to our public health officials, pharmacists, doctors ...

Boost growth through this tax change

Editorials and columns

Michigan policy can encourage job growth with a simple change to how its corporate income tax system treats the cost of equipment. When the state taxes a business based on how much income it earns, state administrators have to figure out how the business should account for its expenses when ...

Thank you to all who keep us safe

Editorials and columns

Last spring, while the world was hopeful the coronavirus pandemic would be short-lived, it seemed as if Northeast Michigan might be spared entirely. While cases piled up mostly in the Detroit area, Northeast Michigan went weeks without a single infection. Then, on April 6, 2020 — one year ...

Sports, spring break, and the virus

Editorials and columns

The COVID-19 exchange between two of the most vulnerable states in the country is in full bloom. Half the state of Michigan is packing its COVID-19 and its variants and heading to Florida to share with those good folks. In return, Floridians, who are filling the bars and restaurants to the ...

Glad to see frogbit tackled

Editorials and columns

When you live in God’s country, like all of us fortunate enough to call Northeast Michigan home, some of the biggest threats to your way of life are invasive species. That’s why we were glad to read on a recent Lifestyles page that the board at the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary expect help ...

Why we want to hear from conservatives

Editorials and columns

Over the past couple of weeks, many readers have reached out to me to comment on or ask questions about The News’ efforts to survey conservatives on their views of newspapers and journalism. Let me explain what we’re doing. Especially since the 2016 election and doubly especially ...

Achievement matters, so don’t cheapen it

Letters to the Editor

I am heartened, perhaps elated, by Jackie Krawczak’s piece in the April 1 edition of the News. I agree wholeheartedly that this artificially skewing the range of possible marks to avoid injuring someone’s self-esteem is not just nonsense, but antithetical to the very idea of achievement ...