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Opinion

Freedom and fond memories after vaccination

Editorials and columns

I can still remember waiting in line as a young boy with my elementary school classmates to receive a polio vaccine. I remember it being a “big deal” in my family, and the vaccine was unique in that I received one of the oral vaccines contained in a sugar cube. As an adult, I understood ...

Taking an informal poll about gas prices

Letters to the Editor

Almost anyone with a set of wheels to their name knows that gasoline prices have taken an astronomical rise since the polar vortex swept through the Southern states. Various articles in the newspapers attribute this to damage to the production infrastructure. Let’s show by a raising of ...

Thank you, hospital, for homebound vaccines

Editorials and columns

For many people, the hardest part about getting the coronavirus vaccine is getting to the hospital or clinic to get the shot. Understanding that, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena formed teams of mobile vaccinators who put 50 shots in arms last week, News staff writer Julie Riddle recently ...

Let’s keep high voter turnouts going

Letters to the Editor

During last Thursday’s press conference, President Biden referred to the efforts going on in 43 state legislatures to change voting procedures as “sick” and “un-American.” He said that actions that make it hard for people to cast ballots are “despicable attempts to undermine ...

Wondering what’s in a name-calling

Editorials and columns

If you have arrived at your current stage of life without encountering Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement, then you have been presenting arguments unaware of their effectiveness rating. This sheltered existence is about to end. But, first, some background: My surname is Pugh. It’s not ...

Grateful to have MidMichigan in Alpena

Letters to the Editor

We wanted to make known the gratitude and deep appreciation we have for the doctors, nurses, medical professionals, staff and volunteers at MidMichigan Hospital. Since moving north in 2002 we have had many experiences with the hospital and have truly appreciated all you’ve done to meet our ...

Why do wetlands matter?

Editorials and columns

The calls of red-winged blackbirds are returning to Northern Michigan just as our cattail marshes, their preferred nesting habitat, swell with snowmelt. Soon their sunset songs will be joined by a chorus of all kinds of frogs and buzzing insects, drawn to the same wetlands for the very same ...

Thankful for care provided at MidMichigan

Letters to the Editor

Recently, my father was at MidMichigan Medical Center for elective surgery. Unfortunately he had an allergic reaction and had an issue requiring life saving action by the team at MidMichigan. He was moved to the Intensive Care Unit. Our family is grateful to the two nurses Janae, RN and ...

Grateful for support received in time of need

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I was at the Alpena hospital for therapy. Everyone was nice to me, especially the nurses and doctors. I am grateful to them all. One nurse reminds me of when I was younger and raising my kids alone. I am grateful to Dr. Hanna for taking care of me and fixing my problem. Everyone in ...

Grateful for the Neiman and Speer families

Letters to the Editor

How I miss two couples: Hal & Jean Neiman and Bill & Diane Speer. They gave their heart and souls to Alpena for over thirty years. I’d often buy a cup of coffee, fresh bagel, soup and salad at Neiman’s. I’d also buy The Alpena News - sit and enjoy my meal while reading The News. ...

In response to Connie Schultz’s column

Letters to the Editor

In response to your Syndicated Columnist, Connie Schultz, in the March 19 paper. She seems to think that Christian people are showing hate to the homosexuals and those who say they are transgender. Marriage was ordained by God between male and female way back in Genesis in the Bible. This has ...

Future teachers, we need you

Editorials and columns

We were excited to read reporter Crystal Nelson’s recent story saying Alcona Community Schools had recently received $10,000 from the state to help students in middle school and high school explore careers in education. Teachers are the foundation of the nation. The skills and work ethic ...

Can Congress balance its checkbook?

Editorials and columns

I received a pleasant surprise last week. My great-great-great-great-grandchildren sent me a check for $1,400. I would like to thank them, but there is a little problem. They aren’t born yet! Confused already? OK, the truth is the U.S. Federal Treasury sent me $1,400 as part of the ...

Whitmer, lawmakers: Get it together

Editorials and columns

We were dismayed to see the headline in Saturday’s edition of The News saying Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had again vetoed $652 million in coronavirus relief as she and the Republican-controlled Legislature continue their battle over pandemic policy. Whitmer says the allocation ...

Participation trophies don’t help

Editorials and columns

“DECA is preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready.” That is what you see when you visit DECA’s website, deca.org. DECA is an association for marketing and business students that is focused on developing business and leadership skills in its members ...

Congratulations, cagers!

Editorials and columns

The Alpena News’ sports headlines on Saturday and Monday were full of cause for celebration for area basketball players. The Alcona girls basketball team bested Whittemore-Prescott 49-23 on Friday in a Division 3 district final, giving the Tigers their first district title since ...

Boost child care, help families

Editorials and columns

For one family, the child care center down the road remains closed because of the financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. The next-closest provider is miles away, and not currently accepting infants. For another, the cost of licensed care in their area is so high that one parent decides to ...

Congrats, News reporters, on MPA wins

Editorials and columns

The News newsroom doesn’t do what it does for accolades. It does it to make sure you, dear reader, have the information you need to make decisions about the best ways to change your community for the better (and, occasionally, to tell a story that might entertain you). That said, it’s ...

APS committed to openness

Editorials and columns

In the spirit of Sunshine Week, I find it appropriate to shed some sunlight on both the past and future proceedings of the Alpena Public Schools district. Beginning with its committee meetings the week of April 12, the Alpena Board of Education is scheduled to hold its first in-person ...

UP Republican stands up to peer pressure at Capitol

Editorials and columns

It’s an insidious little disease that does not have the killing power of COVID-19 but, in the political arena, it is deadly, when it comes to freedom of speech behind closed doors. We’re talking about “caucus discipline,” aka peer-group pressure or group think. It is alive and well ...