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Opinion

Potential artifacts can’t be ignored

Editorials and columns

Although Enbridge Inc. told the state that its studies of the lakebed in the Straits of Mackinac found no potentially culturally sensitive artifacts that could be disturbed by the Canadian energy company’s proposed tunnel for its Line 5 oil pipeline, a group of amateur researchers begs to ...

Eviction diversion a worthy program

Editorials and columns

The economic meltdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic threw a lot of people into situations in which they never expected to find themselves. For many people, that meant the risk of losing their homes. However, a state program overseen regionally by the Northeast Michigan Community ...

A terror plot and the need for journalists

Editorials and columns

Sometimes, you come across small details that are unimportant to the crux of a story, but, when added to the greater kaleidoscope of history, help us see the world around us a little more clearly. Many such small details were uncovered last week, after the FBI and Michigan State Police ...

Why I have a Donald Trump sign in my yard

Letters to the Editor

As an independent voter, I have a Trump 2020 sign in my yard because I’m tired of state, federal, and local politicians telling me one thing when they want my vote, but then changing their colors. I’m tired of bureaucrats in Congress and the Justice Department lying and stonewalling. ...

Help out the local drug court

Editorials and columns

We support drug courts. The programs allow those arrested for drug crimes tied to addiction to undergo treatment and work to get themselves clean to avoid jail time. Such programs are good for the participants, helping them get their lives back on track, and good for the community, ...

Ed Black works for community, not prestige

Letters to the Editor

Voters of Alpena and Montmorency counties, I feel the need to speak up for someone who is extremely humble and doesn’t like to say a lot about himself. Judge Ed Black is a graduate of Michigan State University Law, a judge advocate (JAG) in the Army Reserve and the former prosecutor in ...

A lesson well-learned at ACC

Editorials and columns

Myron David Orr’s English class at Alpena Community College, if not consistently informative, was usually enjoyable. This particular day, it was both. My friend, Doug Scott, and I were in attendance when instructor Orr, as was his habit, advanced a proposition having nothing to do with ...

Dear Americans, will you heed this warning?

Letters to the Editor

As we approach the upcoming election during one of America’s darkest hours, I am reminded of how Americans heeded the warning of President Harry S. Truman that rallied Americans to put an end to the era of McCarthyism in the early 1950s. An era when U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy led a smear campaign ...

The coastal fens of northern Michigan

Editorials and columns

The northern shores of Lake Huron are home to teal-blue waters, sun-bleached coasts of ancient bedrock, and plants that eat meat. Michigan’s dynamic geological past is famously shaped by glaciers, whose retreat thousands of years ago carved the Great Lakes and defined its borders. Equally ...

Are you putting a fox in the chicken house?

Letters to the Editor

Would you vote someone into the county commissioners office if they took some of his neighbor’s property by imminent domain? My dad said the only way to keep the fox out of the chicken house is stop it before it gets in. Dave Karschnick did that to his neighbor. His neighbor, an old guy, ...

Muszynski serves community, deserves vote

Letters to the Editor

Having known Cynthia Muszynski for many years we are proud to support her as Alpena County prosecutor. Cynthia has demonstrated her ability as an excellent, tenacious prosecuting attorney over the past 11 years. Her integrity, professionalism and passion for the welfare of the community is ...

Keep Dave Karschnick on the county board

Letters to the Editor

To the voters of District 3 Alpena County, Please remember to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. I ask you to vote to elect Commissioner Dave Karschnick as your next District 3 commissioner. Holding an elected office comes with an incredible amount of responsibility and being your ...

Donald Trump accusations just plain wrong

Letters to the Editor

To Don, Rogers City: Donald Trump’s “suckers” comment from anonymous sources was debunked. Even anti-Trumper John Bolton said it never happened. Trump daily briefings: He’s got four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, took out two high-value terrorists, got out of the Iran deal (even ...

Vote Joel Bauer to let a conservative voice be heard

Letters to the Editor

As the former chairman of the Republican Party in Montmorency County, I am casting my vote for Joel Bauer for Circuit Court judge on Nov. 3. I urge all Republicans to do the same. I am concerned about the circumstances that led to the appointment of Judge Ed Black to the bench. I ...

Vote Joel Bauer, not Gov. Whitmer’s handpicked judge

Letters to the Editor

As a lifelong Republican, I was deeply upset to find out that Judge Ed Black was the handpicked choice of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Like every conservative voter in this election, I am deeply concerned about the poor judgement of the governor. Her decisions have been overruled by the Michigan ...

Bergman silent on Trump’s military insults

Letters to the Editor

How gutless is Congressman Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jack Bergman? Bergman is quick to use his past military career for political gain, but is silent when Donald Trump called our troops, war prisoners, and fallen heroes “losers” and “suckers”. Knowing unequivocally that Vladimir Putin used ...

Time to vote out Trump and his enablers

Letters to the Editor

Is this the America we live in where this president has lost jobs and economic meltdown, over 200,000 deaths, voter suppression, fear mongering, political division, lack of health care, loss of environmental protection, deregulation of the financial industry, drink bleach, do whatever you want ...

Longtime Dems for Muszynski for prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

We are longtime registered Democrats. We won’t be voting a straight ticket in the upcoming election because we’re voting for Cynthia Muszynski for county prosecutor. We believe her to be the candidate of high integrity, with an excellent work ethic. For these reasons we endorse her as ...

Help wanted: American president

Editorials and columns

Are you going to vote on Nov. 3, 2020? Maybe you have already voted, and, if so, you have joined the other 15 million voters who have cast their ballots several weeks before Election Day. Regardless, if you plan to vote in-person at your local polling booth or choose to vote absentee, the ...