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Opinion

Let’s give our vets a lift

Editorials and columns

Reporter Steve Schulwitz informed us last week that the van area military veterans count on for transportation to doctor’s appointments downstate has broken down. The van, which provided some 1,100 veterans transportation, broke down much sooner than expected, leaving the Disabled American ...

MSP reinventing the chain of command

Editorials and columns

A revolutionary internal movement is quietly underway at the Michigan State Police, with a new sheriff in town (or should we say colonel) who is trying to “scrub” some of the department’s time-honored traditions with the aim of bringing more than just paramilitary types into the trooper ...

ACC proves it’s a value people want

Editorials and columns

Enrollment at Alpena Community College increased 5% this fall over last, The News’ Julie Goldberg reported Thursday. That increase, both in headcount and credit hours, happened even as other northern Michigan community colleges actually lost students and credit hours. ACC President Don ...

Beware when giving money to hurricane victims

Editorials and columns

Hurricane Dorian has pummeled the Bahamas, skimmed Florida, and blew floods into the Carolinas. Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless. Knowing our readers as we do, we are sure that many of you are looking for ways to help, checkbooks at the ready. But beware. The ...

Whitmer was right to go after flavored e-cigs

Editorials and columns

I support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s tough stance this week toward flavored electronic cigarettes. On Wednesday, Michigan became the first state in the nation to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. Whitmer said the sweet-smelling and -sounding flavors and deceptive advertising methods were ...

The right to bear arms shall not be infringed

Letters to the Editor

Kenneth Oke, in his letter in the Saturday, Aug. 24 Alpena News, claims “Citizens should not own weapons of war.” He states that citizen-owned weapons should be limited to one shot at a time and registered. Using that inference, he should also agree that the First Amendment would not ...

Good news, bad news in the world of journalism

Editorials and columns

Good news: The News launches Outdoors page Beginning with the Sept. 14 edition, The News will launch a new page dedicated to coverage of the outdoors. It’ll appear in the middle of B Section, just after the local sports pages, every Saturday. The page will feature columns from Northeast ...

Alpena offered grandkids a wonderful summer

Letters to the Editor

As a grandma with grandkids who are new to our area, I would like to express my gratitude to Alpena’s many volunteers, businesses, and organizations that made this a fun-filled, adventurous summer for me and my grandsons! Many thanks go out to the Alpena County Library for their ...

Yes, there are cougars in Michigan

Editorials and columns

A few years ago, it would have taken an act of God for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to admit cougars exist in the state. Two weeks ago, DNR officials released a trail camera photograph of a cougar in Delta County. The sighting, confirmed by DNR officials as that of a cougar, ...

Our area needs mental health support

Editorials and columns

It’s no secret our region has been in desperate need of closer, more accessible mental health care. There are only five state psychiatric facilities in our state and not one is located in northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula. Michigan provides mental health care to our region from state ...

‘Put some skin in the game’

Editorials and columns

I recently received via snail mail a “Trump Agenda Survey” sent out by Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. At the end of her four-page letter of explanation, she gets around to the real purpose of the survey. She is counting on “folks like you to put skin in ...

Confident school leaders watching bus safety

Editorials and columns

Upon first reading the news story Wednesday that eight of 93 school buses owned by school districts in Northeast Michigan were red-tagged, or designated as unsafe, it set off alarms for us. And it should. Michigan State Police late last school year inspected the buses of area school ...

Get aid to the Bahamas now

Editorials and columns

What happened to people in the Bahamas during the weekend is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our neighbors ...

Giving youth a voice as school resumes

Editorials and columns

It’s a big time of year for young people in Michigan. Some are heading off to college or trade school, some are starting their first jobs, some are getting first-day jitters in school ... and all of them are learning. Youth — in this case, people from age 12 to 24 — make up more than ...

Congratulate River Center backers by giving

Editorials and columns

Reporter Steve Schulwitz informed us recently that backers of a proposed River Center at Duck Park have nearly reached their $300,000 fundraising target. That $300,000 is important because is marks the threshold at which backers of the project can start matching grant funds, and those grant ...

Gauging the mood of Ella White boilers

Editorials and columns

The two Ella White School boilers were recently in The News. One got its picture on the front page, but shouldn’t have. Both Ella White boilers are, like me, too old to have their picture on the front page. The boiler that did get its picture there looked as if had recently awoken from a nap. ...

Study hard, dear students — it’s worth it

Editorials and columns

We couldn’t help but chuckle when we read the quote in Julie Goldberg’s Northern Lifestyles cover story on Saturday from Wilson Elementary School fifth-grader Eli Worth, who said the best part about the first day of school is that it’s one day closer to the first day of the next summer ...

A gloomy list of statistics, a call to action

Editorials and columns

As is usually the case, I started Thursday reading the newspaper while I enjoyed the first cup of coffee in the morning. In the newspaper, I read an article that left me frustrated and upset. And, as I continued reading Thursday morning through all my other normal news checks each day, I ...