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Opinion

News ain’t free and other bits of wisdom

Editorials and columns

With a nod to Andy Heller, how ‘bout some quick-hit analyses of the media news of the day? ∫ Bloomberg News says it won’t investigate its founder, Michael Bloomberg, as he spends his way through the Democratic primaries. It won’t investigate his Democratic rivals. But it will ...

Doesn’t this nation have enough problems?

Letters to the Editor

Marijuana was criminalized and illegal. Now, Alpena city leaders are championing the promotion of recreational marijuana. With zero scientific credentials, these city leaders have turned their backs on the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, where marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug on ...

Give to your community this Tuesday

Editorials and columns

Black Friday is behind us, Small Business Saturday is today, Cyber Monday arrives in two days, and Tuesday will be Giving Tuesday — 24 hours for residents to share their generosity this holiday season to local nonprofits in need. Now in its fifth year, Giving Tuesday five years ago raised a ...

Life is more complicated than some think

Letters to the Editor

Jackie Krawczak advises us that the real consequence of Venetian flooding is not that the city — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is sinking into the lagoon, or that the flooding is such an increasingly dire issue that the New York Times has published an article for tourists on what to ...

Nov. 10, 2020 will be the true Thanksgiving

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ This week, at one of his rallies, President Donald Trump told supporters that the same unnamed liberals who won’t allow us to say Christmas are now after Thanksgiving. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room I know loves ...

Enbridge practices winter pipeline safety

Letters to the Editor

This time of year, most of us turn our attention to winter safety. As part of our ongoing safety programs, though, we prepare year-round for winter weather conditions, including those surrounding Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. In the unlikely event of an incident, we want to ensure we are ...

Think brain health in this year’s holiday gifts

Editorials and columns

As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays and the buying spree known as Black Friday, new findings in medical science can help guide our purchases to improve rather than hurt the persons to whom we have chosen for gifts. While there has been considerable research in middle school and teenage ...

Future is bright for Habitat for Humanity

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 3, 2019, fire, ignited by an electrical shortage, consumed the ReStore and Re-Think Boutique by Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan, a source of support for our mission of “seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and ...

President Donald Trump condones war crimes

Letters to the Editor

Another recent pardon by the president again undermines the ethical rules of engagement as laid out by the Pentagon in accordance with the Geneva Convention. Once again, this president demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge in ethical behavior in, well, practically every aspect of civil ...

This thanksgiving, be grateful for veterans

Letters to the Editor

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is a time we are reminded to reflect on what we are thankful for. Many people think about things like, “I’m thankful for my family, my job, the roof over my head, my health.” While I, too, am thankful for those things, this message is to focus ...

Buck poles a long-lasting tradition

Letters to the Editor

This is in reply to Elaine Thompson about the buck pole that was up the opening weekend of rifle deer season. I actually do, and have, physically put my hands to any deer that I have killed and thanked it for giving up its life so that my family can eat. It is sad that you seemed to make a joke ...

Choose to shop small this holiday season

Editorials and columns

On Nov. 1, I received my first email promoting Black Friday sales. Early access! Sneak peek! Kick off your holiday shopping now! Our Black Friday event continues! 60% off everything! Your special code ends tonight! Buy now! A cacophonous ringing of headlines and promises and promotions ...

Enjoy the parade, remember how it started

Editorials and columns

When people ask about the influence of a newspaper, we refer them to Alpena Lena. A mild-mannered woman whose goal in life might be to leave a smile on the face of everyone she meets, Lena is generally shy by nature — that is for the first minute you meet her. Then, she is anything ...

When is it a construction zone?

Editorials and columns

This question was received via email: “I have driven in Michigan for 35 years and understand that the speed limit in construction zones typically is 45 MPH when workers are present. However, does that still apply when workers are on the other side of a concrete barrier wall? Or how about when ...

Happy Thanksgiving

Editorials and columns

This Thanksgiving, as we prepare to pass around the turkey and pumpkin pie, we at The News pause to tell you, dear readers, how thankful we are for you. Day in and day out, all throughout the year, you give us stories to tell — some of heartbreak, some of triumph, some of humor. And, day in ...

Regaining the path to ordinary

Editorials and columns

Consider the ordinary man — I have — for I consider myself to be one. Lately, however, I’m not so sure. I’m beginning to think that, somehow, somewhere, I lost some of what it takes to be ordinary. Maybe I didn’t download the ordinariness updates. But maybe I did. Maybe they ...

Court case may be hail Mary term limit opponents want

Editorials and columns

It wasn’t long after Michigan voters in 1992 said yes to term limits for state lawmakers that official Lansing said no and there was an almost immediate discussion about undoing what the voters just did. That was 27 years ago, and the undoing is still not done. Term Limits will remain ...

Shame on all poachers

Editorials and columns

We were disgusted to read in Saturday’s edition that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources investigated two poached elk in less than a week. Conservation officers believe a bull elk reported Friday near Teets Trail, west of Voyer Lake Road, was killed by a single gunshot, possibly by ...

Glad to see residents help shape the area

Editorials and columns

It’s residents that make a community work. Through volunteerism and work and through investments in tax dollars and shopping, any community venture lives and dies through its buy-on or lack of buy-in from residents. That is why we are strong believers in the idea that residents should ...