Opinion

Thank you, law enforcement officers

Editorials and columns

Each day this week, criminal justice reporter Julie Riddle is profiling a law enforcement officer from various Northeast Michigan agencies in honor of National Police Week. On Monday, we met Patrolman Adam David, of the Alpena Police Department, who was inspired into police work by his ...

Many cooks in the no-fault kitchen

Editorials and columns

The irony of the moment was not lost on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. There she was, taking a victory lap on a bipartisan plan to block law enforcement from keeping confiscated property from suspected drug dealers who were never convicted of a crime. Standing about six feet in back of her was the ...

Compassion, courage more common than evil

Editorials and columns

Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage enough was shown by a school security guard who ran toward the sound of gunfire and apprehended one of the assailants. At least the guard, a Marine veteran, ...

She’s right: Graduation is not a solo adventure

Editorials and columns

Alpena Community College kicked off the 2019 graduation season on Thursday as about 150 of their 337 graduates turned their tassels in the college’s commencement ceremonies. The photo taken by News reporter Crystal Nelson showed the joy, excitement and nervousness in students’ faces as ...

Tuesday’s APS defeat was a statement from voters

Editorials and columns

Pundits and prognosticators much smarter than I now have the task in front of them to try and decipher the meaning of the vote this week regarding Alpena Public Schools’ bond request. For what it’s worth, however, as I have sat and analyzed the lopsided results Tuesday, I trace the roots ...

Kudos to Alpena Athletic HoF graduates

Letters to the Editor

Now it came to pass that the latest class of the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame inductees were honored on May 4 at the Aplex. My congratulations to all five, especially Mr. Bill Romstadt Sr., whom I have admired for decades as a great teacher, coach, VFW chaplain 2496 (USMC) and friend with the ...

All hail the mighty newspaper carrier

Editorials and columns

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before we begin this column, a note of correction. Last week, I wrote about the importance of thinking and reading critically. In that column, I wrote about a University of Connecticut study in which researchers directed students to a website detailing the fictional tree ...

Future farmers will protect beasts, fowl

Letters to the Editor

Our rural life brings us daily beauty along with challenges. What a treasure seeing orphaned fawns being cared for released was. Now fear of disease has stopped a practice that was, I’m sure, a delight of heaven! I am betting a common-sense approach will one day rule again. Likely, ...

Is smoking ban more gov’t intrusion?

Editorials and columns

Where is the line in the sand drawn regarding government’s regulations of rights people have enjoyed for years? In Alpena, that line could be drawn at city beaches this summer. The Municipal Council approved moving forward with an ordinance this week that would prohibit smoking of ...

APS doesn’t know what ‘no’ means?

Letters to the Editor

It’s too bad that those who are educating children don’t know what “NO” means, themselves. So the bonds are voted down and, for some reason, some people aren’t educated enough to understand why. They feel they need to go talk to the people that voted NO? You just can’t make this ...

Focus on schools of future, not buildings

Letters to the Editor

The recent school infrastructure millage debate highlights the high cost of maintaining an obsolete educational delivery system. We are well into “the information age,” and the goal should be development of online or other electronic media delivery of the mandated free public education. ...

An omission of Alpena High’s good week

Letters to the Editor

On May 6, 2019, in the Alpena Newss was this viewpoint about what was going on at the high school, “A week of good news for Alpena High.” But you forgot the FFA Banquet and Award Dinner. Don’t you think they should be honored, too? Mr. Worth and Mrs. Smith do a great job. Then, on the ...

DDA’s pot vote shows changing times

Editorials and columns

The times, they are a changin’. So was the title of Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic. We were reminded of that song this week after reading of the Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s recommendation to the Alpena Municipal Council that the city allow “up to two medical marijuana ...

Economic development requires patience

Editorials and columns

A park. No, not a park. A parking lot. Except we don’t need more parking. We just need people willing to walk to their destination. We need more parking, but not in a lot. A parking garage would be better. But it must be free parking. An apartment complex would be great in that space. But ...

Extinction will happen, but we can do our part

Editorials and columns

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. ...

On bears and other wildlife, listen to the DNR

Editorials and columns

Ah, spring. Sun’s starting shine. Grass is greening. Flowers soon to bloom. Birds chirping, hungry for the feeder you’re all too happy to refill ... ... and bears waking up from their winter slumber, lumbering into your back yard for a nibble. On Monday, News reporter Julie Riddle ...

Getting outdoors to get healthy

Editorials and columns

This past weekend, I spent a few hours outside in the garden beds. I’m not a very good gardener. I enjoy giving it my best attempt, though. Every spring, I look forward to being able to get outside and make the garden beds look fresh and colorful. I started vegetable seeds in the house a ...

Consider alternative paths to education

Editorials and columns

High school dropout rates among school districts in the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District ranged from about 3% to 7.5% last school year. That’s better than the statewide rate of nearly 9%, but it’s still troubling to think that dozens of Northeast Michigan students are ...