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Opinion

On Giving Tuesday, you showed reason for the season

Editorials and columns

Wow! Talk about impressive. This region is awesome when it comes to sharing our blessings with those around us. In yet another display of generosity, area residents dug deep and often in Giving Tuesday donations this week to the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan on behalf of 60 ...

Why does News print attacks on Krawczak?

Letters to the Editor

Mr. Shuman has had another letter to the editor published by The Alpena News (Nov. 30) attacking Ms. Krawczak’s articles published in The Alpena News. He has already written about how he finds her stories uninteresting and poorly written and again has felt the need to express his displeasure ...

Now, the best kind of journalism: Christmas stories

Editorials and columns

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming of Hinkley’s ultimate wisdom on all things journalism for a bit of yuletide nostalgia: My great-grandfather, Winfred “Friendly Fred” Hinkley, is my earliest Christmas memory. An auctioneer by trade, he wore a three-piece suit and a ...

City holiday parade was simply outstanding

Letters to the Editor

Wow, what a wonderful job by one and all from organizing to participating in the recent Christmas parade. From the amazing Alpena High School marching band to the beautiful horses and adorable floats, it was truly enjoyed by hundreds of onlookers. There’s no denying the excitement in the air ...

Pot debate a tough one, get involved now

Editorials and columns

Alpena leaders find themselves in a quandary as to whether to allow medical marijuana sales within the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority district. And, before we go any further, those boundaries extend many more blocks in each direction than what readers normally think of when ...

Giving Tuesday editorial was misleading

Letters to the Editor

The Giving Tuesday editorial in the Nov. 30 edition of The Alpena News, while good-intentioned, is misleading. First, Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving that is now in its eighth year, not its fifth. While the editorial focused on the great work of our local Community ...

Do Republicans even know what a lie is?

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ When I was a kid and told a lie, I knew it. Who doesn’t? But, sometimes, I would insist over and over again to my parents — to the point of hysterics — that I hadn’t lied and was being treated unfairly! I thought of those moments as I watched Republican ...

Alcohol versus pot, make America kind again

Letters to the Editor

My suggestion to your spouting off, Mike Westfall, is you take the first word in your first sentence and each of your statements throughout your speech and replace it with the word “alcohol.” Do you realize everything you denounce about marijuana can be caused by alcohol, starting with ...

I just lost my respect for news reporters

Letters to the Editor

I just read today’s Nov. 21, 2019 Alpena News and was shocked to read on Page 2A that Ambassador Gordon Sondland had confirmed in the impeachment inquiry that President Donald Trump wanted a QUID PRO QUO from Ukraine’s president. I was shocked because, for the first time, I watched the ...

‘A pox on both your houses’

Editorials and columns

For frequent readers of this space, let me begin with an apology to those who would hold me accountable for my previous column saying I was swearing off politics until after the first of the year. OK, yes, I fell off the wagon, but how could you not? Every news broadcast and every newspaper ...

Boys and Girls Club buy good for community

Editorials and columns

Brad Somers’ enthusiasm couldn’t be contained recently when speaking to the Alpena Rotary Club. Like a child visiting the North Pole at Christmas, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena shared with Rotary members that he was “ecstatic” to announce the club’s ...

Give smart this Christmas

Editorials and columns

We’ve written about this before, but it’s important in this charitable season to make sure you’re giving smartly. Outright scams are just one of the worries. It’s also important to make sure you give to charities that truly serve the mission you wish to support, that spend most of ...

Legislators nix regulatory overreach

Editorials and columns

In September, Michigan’s Certificate of Need Commission voted to restrict access to a new, potentially lifesaving cancer treatment. Known as “CAR-T,” the Food and Drug Administration-approved procedure programs the body’s own T-cells to attack and kill cancerous cells, allowing ...

Shop local this holiday season

Editorials and columns

We’re sure your holiday shopping is already roaring fully, with just three weeks left till Christmas and both Black Friday and Cyber Monday already behind us. But we hope you’ll pause in the coming days and ponder ways you can shop local this Christmas. We know there are deals all over ...

Pure Michigan cuts hurt real people

Editorials and columns

What’s your quality of life like without kidneys? How long will your car run without spark plugs or a fuel pump? How much more difficult does it become to cook a holiday meal if someone steals your stove? The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Remove any singular part of a ...

Shovel your sidewalks

Editorials and columns

With the first big, heavy snow-dump of the season over the Thanksgiving holiday still sloshing around in our streets and driveways, it’s a good time to remind readers that it’s important to shovel their sidewalks. The city can and does ticket homeowners and — in some cases, renters — ...

Protect yourselves, Northeast Michigan

Editorials and columns

We read with great dismay last week Crystal Nelson’s report that sexually transmitted diseases are on the uptick in Northeast Michigan. While the numbers remain small — 94 known cases this year as of October across the four counties served by District Health Department No. 4 — they are ...

Winter’s beauty is in the eye of the Michigander

Editorials and columns

Enough is enough. Sometimes, that is hard for a news junkie like myself to admit, but, every now and again, I just need a break from reality and I find myself reading trivial but interesting facts. Two sites I stumbled upon this month both dealt with winter in Michigan. The first, from ...

What exactly is the big deal about Ukraine?

Letters to the Editor

As World War II ended, three world leaders met to create a plan to prevent another country (like Germany-led Hitler) from trying to dominate the world and plunge us into another war. Two world leaders, of the U.S. and Great Britain, looked at the third country, Russia, and realized it WAS ...