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Opinion

Goodbye, virus — and these phrases

Editorials and columns

Lake Superior State University is a small state school located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, my wife’s hometown. It has nice criminal justice and nursing programs, and the Lakers won two national NCAA hockey championships during the early 1990s. However, what LSSU is really known for is ...

Get out and vote!

Editorials and columns

Tuesday is Michigan’s primary election, and we encourage all eligible voters to head to the polls. Primary elections, unfortunately, often get far less attention than the gubernatorial and presidential elections that happen in November. But they are just as important. Primaries are used ...

County needs a different arena solution

Editorials and columns

You could feel the tension in the air Tuesday. Everyone had their business face on, and, despite the masks, one could tell very few were smiling. So it was at the Alpena County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. The future of Northern Lights Arena and the county’s Youth and ...

Senate must act now on unemployment help

Letters to the Editor

Unemployment insurance is a vital lifeline for families and stimulus for the economy that will be critical to our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We need Congress to ensure this safety net will be available to all who need it until our economy has sufficiently ...

The truth is an immovable, incessant beast

Editorials and columns

“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.” — Proverbs 12:19 The truth is an immovable, incessant beast. It cares not if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, whether you believe it or like it. The truth just is. It exists without worry for our ...

Shut down Line 5 before state stuck with bill

Letters to the Editor

The 1953 easement permitting Line 5 to be placed in the Straits of Mackinac contained numerous protections. However, Gov. Rick Snyder’s agreement with Enbridge in October 2018 contained a “sellout” provision on damage coverage. The 1953 easement provided for indemnification to Michigan ...

Expect a long night on Tuesday

Editorials and columns

If you hope to see early election results on Tuesday evening, it’s not looking too good. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said this week it could take one or two days before results are in. Blame it on absentee ballots. Benson will blame the delay on the Legislature for not passing ...

Grateful for compassionate emergency care

Letters to the Editor

I have just returned from an emergency visit to the Alpena hospital. Everyone I came in contact during this emergency, including the 911 dispatcher, the Grand Lake ambulance crew ,the staff and employees of the emergency and the staff and employees of the second-floor progressive unit were ...

Within easy walking distance

Editorials and columns

Recently, I stopped by to visit an old neighbor — more accurately, our local branch of an old neighbor — the Salvation Army. There, I met with Maj. Prezza Morrison. Prezza is the daughter of a high school classmate of mine, John Morrison. John and his wife also served as officers in ...

Lead on News story perpetuates divisiveness

Letters to the Editor

The beginning to the article about students at the high school being required to wear a mask is, “Many students this year at Alpena High School will likely be upset, as they will be forced to wear face masks when classes resume.” Why would you start an article like this? As a ...

Agriculture major player in economy

Editorials and columns

According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, the state employs 923,000 Michiganders in agriculture, food processing, and related businesses. That represents 22% of Michigan’s workforce. And 95% of the state’s 51,600 farms are family-owned. That combined structure contributes over $101 ...

USMCA to give state a much-needed jolt

Editorials and columns

The phrase “Made in Michigan” invokes a sense of pride for Michiganders. Manufacturing and Michigan have a shared history that spans from automobiles to building an arsenal of democracy during World War II – and, thanks to President Donald Trump’s commitment to replace NAFTA with the ...

Public art, community transformation

Editorials and columns

If you have come to downtown Alpena recently via U.S.-23, you may have noticed a new, bright addition: a mural added to our downtown landscape. Sailing lines of color, intersecting, intertwined — a wave journey, as described by the artist. Waves symbolizing the ever-changing, ...

A July full of weather surprises

Editorials and columns

“Good riddance, July.” So might be the thinking of Northeast Michigan residents who have seen all kinds of crazy records set this month when it comes to weather. Earlier this month, the region sustained several back-to-back days of temperatures over 85 degrees. The sustained heat ...

Paddling class a worthy investment

Editorials and columns

Watersports have always been a favorite Great Lakes pastime. Every summer, as the sun shines and waters warm, Michiganders take to the waves in kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards to cool off and enjoy nature’s playground. But those recreational pursuits come with danger, to us and to the ...

Schools, parents need room to maneuver

Editorials and columns

In a typical June, most Michigan students would have cleaned out their desks or lockers, celebrated graduations at in-person ceremonies, and not given a second thought to what the coming school year would look like. But the uncertainties of this pandemic have unsettled familiar routines and ...

Congrats to the new Hall-of-Famers

Editorials and columns

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has robbed Alpena Sports Hall-of-Famers of their chance to publicly fete the athletic prowess of the Wildcats, but that little bug can’t take away the accomplishments of our players. The Hall of Fame decided last week to cancel its annual banquet because ...

A Big Mac of a game-changer?

Editorials and columns

We’ll never know, but, if a clandestine meeting had happened between the two progressive Democrats running for governor in 2018, Gov. Shri Thanedar might be the one presiding over the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and not Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Far-fetched? Maybe. But ...

An important milestone worth celebrating

Editorials and columns

Now through Aug. 31, the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library will host “Rightfully Hers,” a pop-up exhibit from the National Archives commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote. A democracy isn’t really a democracy ...

A cautionary tale about social media

Editorials and columns

Alpena school board Trustee Steven Donajkowski provided the students in his school district a valuable lesson last week when he was publicly criticized for Facebook posts some saw as racist. The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education has introduced a resolution committing the board to ...