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Opinion

Surprised by reaction to Duck Park cartoon

Letters to the Editor

I am always delighted to see Eric Roorda’s drawings in The Alpena News since anything created locally deserves my attention and appreciation. I was surprised to see the recent Duck Park cartoon was not so well received. It appears that the writer took too deep a dive into what message the ...

ACC, MacMaster blessings to Northeast Michigan

Editorials and columns

The university’s mascot was the Hilltoppers That should have been the first clue. The college students referred to the windy, twisting road up the hill to get there as the “cow path to culture.” The truth is my wife’s alma mater, West Liberty State University in West Virginia, is a ...

The Supreme Court got Roe right 50 years ago

Letters to the Editor

Fifty years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its landmark 7–2 decision in Roe v. Wade, protecting a person’s constitutional right to choose. This case reaffirmed basic principles of equality, reinforced the fundamental right to privacy, and resolved that people in this ...

Cooler heads must prevail amid commission chaos

Editorials and columns

It concerned us greatly to read of the ongoing turmoil surrounding the Alcona County Commission on Aging. What began last month as a discussion on how best to use a $12.5 million allotment from the state devolved into chaos over several days this week. Rather than working together, the ...

When is the right time to face our nation’s debt?

Letters to the Editor

The Wednesday, Jan. 23 Alpena News contained an Associated Press (AP) article, ‘Biden Meets With Democratic Leaders As Debt Showdown Looms’ on page 6A. The article went on to warn about the ‘extreme Republican economic plans’ and presented all kinds of horror results if the debt ...

Imperfect heroes

Editorials and columns

“‘I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD.” — Jeremiah 1:19b Whenever I go for a drive, a superhero travels with me, a jaunty tin helmet on his head. For several years, I’ve traveled Northeast Michigan roads in my work for The Alpena News with a stuffed Super Grover ...