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Ultimate goal of this letter is to save a life

Letters to the Editor

This letter concerns abortion but is not about abortion. The Lord has convicted me to write this letter. I have mulled it over for several days and just have to do it. Please try to read this in the context that it was intended. In this day and age abortion has become a highly ...

A bright spot: Welcome new Michiganders!

Editorials and columns

A solid economic indicator that developers have come to depend on and trust is the number of furniture and possession moves in and out of a state each year. According to the latest numbers from U-Haul officials released this month, Michigan finished 40th in terms of growth this past year. ...

Congrats to Alpena on vaccine rollout

Editorials and columns

On a per-capita basis, Alpena County is in the top five of Michigan’s counties for the number of doses of coronavirus vaccines administered, a recent analysis of state data by News staff writer Crystal Nelson showed. Nelson’s analysis showed other Northeast Michigan counties ...

Melting pot or a boiling pot?

Editorials and columns

Some folks make their living by using their hands, others by using their mind, but, in both cases, the commonality is that we all use tools of some sort. It may be a circular saw for a carpenter, a keyboard for a writer, a law library for an attorney. In my case, as a former newspaper ...

Students need more options

Editorials and columns

The end of November marked the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act going into effect. The federal law enshrined the idea that every child with a disability is entitled to a meaningful education that is as inclusive as possible. Even though time has changed many ...

Keep your heating bills low

Editorials and columns

As Northeast Michigan heads into the coldest stretch of the year, the winter weather can also stretch our wallets with high heating bills. Financial guru Dave Ramsey offers several tips for keeping those bills low: ∫ Seal up any leaks that let warm air out of your house or ducts, and ...

Infections on Lansing’s opening day

Editorials and columns

It’s usually a day of celebration as the Michigan Legislature meets to begin the new year. Newly elected members bring their families to the event, and, while no first pitch is tossed out, for politicians, the day is their opening day, and there is usually an air of anticipation and ...

Digital divide maps should be redrawn

Editorials and columns

One of the most concerning findings of The News team’s recent Digital Divide series on internet connectivity concerns in Northeast Michigan was the inaccuracy of government maps that could keep help from reaching the people who need it. Millions and millions of state, federal, and private ...

Dreading the U.S.-23 detour

Editorials and columns

This month, “The Latest from the First” looks at the impending shutdown of U.S.-23, which will force a long detour. Maybe you’ve heard the old saying — “In Michigan, there are just two seasons: winter and ‘Road Under Construction.’” Northern Michiganders justifiably fear ...

Congrats, MCO Matthew Dowell

Editorials and columns

Motor Carrier Officer Matthew Dowell was honored recently as the Michigan State Police’s Motor Carrier Officer of the Year for ethical behavior, dedication to duty, and concern for giving back to the community. Motor carrier officers are often the unsung heroes of the State Police force. ...

Your Alpena News is just as relevant as ever

Editorials and columns

Relevance is important in my line of work. That is why the team here at The News always is working hard to keep you informed with information that is important for all of us. Did you know that, last year, the local news reporters produced over 3,000 pieces of local news — which included ...

Jan. 6, 2021 siege was an assault on the truth

Editorials and columns

“The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth. That is the burden, and the duty, of leadership.” — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney A line was drawn on Jan. 6, 2021, and America was a different place when it awoke the next morning. I’ve been ...

Bergman did what he could for constituents

Letters to the Editor

Once again, shock value and bias win out over “all the facts” and actual reporting. TV 9and10 News used the siege of our U.S. Capitol video as background for announcing calls for Congressman Jack Bergman to resign for having the nerve to support a constitutional right. Did any ...

Web connection should be a 2021 priority

Editorials and columns

Reporters here at The Alpena News last week completed an exhaustive series on the availability of broadband technology across the region. The series was both insightful and frightening, in that it revealed that, as a region, we are woefully behind other areas of the country for new ...

Taking a stroll down an alley

Editorials and columns

Early in the holiday season, before the snow came, my wife and I would get out, move about, stroll — occasionally walk at a pace — enjoying the fresh air and the festive decorations displayed around our fair city. We viewed small Christmas displays, large ones, and many in between. Some ...

Throwing pandemic terms into the fire

Editorials and columns

It was a Saturday night in the early summer. At that point, a few months into the pandemic, we were sick of it. Sick of having to cancel plans. Sick of the uncertainty. Sick of it all. My family and I had a bonfire. Relaxing around the flames, we listened to music, ate s’mores, and tried ...

Why media has been fixated on COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

Unrelenting virus coverage allowed your paper and the mainstream media to fill your pages and network time slots to effectively avoid covering Donald Trump’s successes and Joe Biden’s scandals; and to use the virus to support state efforts to relax election integrity safeguards, opening the ...

May God bless America

Editorials and columns

This morning, it seems especially appropriate to remember these lyrics: “God bless America Land that I love Stand beside her and guide her Thru the night with a light from above From the mountains, to the prairies To the oceans white with foam God bless America My home, sweet ...

New legislative session, new hope

Editorials and columns

I’ve always said it’s important to start off a new year with hope — hope can be a great motivator. But, after the year we’ve had, it’s hard to find hope. And, quite frankly, we need a lot more than a “positive attitude” to take on the problems our state is facing. COVID-19 has ...

Congratulations, Budnik family!

Editorials and columns

Jaxson Dean Budnik, born at 1:27 a.m. Monday at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, was Northeast Michigan’s first baby of 2021. But the Budniks apparently know a thing or two about timing. One of little Jaxson’s siblings, Ariana, was the first baby of 2015 in Presque Isle County, as News ...