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Opinion

Come to town hall with ideas, open mind

Letters to the Editor

Please come to the town hall at Alpena High School beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, with an open mind and a willingness to listen politely to viewpoints other than the ones you have been developing and cultivating in the months since the pandemic began. Please be prepared to share your ...

That ‘A’ is important

Editorials and columns

By now, many people have probably heard the term STEM often enough to know what it stands for: science, technology, engineering, and math. For a decade or more, now, educators have said schools must focus heavily on those areas to prepare our students for the careers of the future. ...

Enjoying the new social district

Editorials and columns

As of last Friday, the downtown Alpena social district is officially open. For visitors to our downtown who are 21 and older, that now means you can purchase an alcoholic beverage from a participating business and walk around the district with it on sidewalks and in public parks such as ...

Protect yourself, protect others, end this thing

Editorials and columns

We read with great concern reporter Crystal Nelson’s story in today’s edition that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers Alpena County a place of “substantial risk” for community spread of the coronavirus. We have made important strides — most importantly, ...

Finding the good in a delayed funeral service

Editorials and columns

Shared experiences are oddly comforting. It’s often nice to know we are not the only one going through something. One of the more unfortunate shared experiences of 2020-21 was losing a loved one. During the height of the pandemic, funeral or memorial services were not feasible like ...

Clarity needed on government virus funds

Editorials and columns

It’s hard to deny the truth in the old adage that, sometimes, you have to spend money to make money. But no one — least of all governments using taxpayer dollars — should have to spend money to spend money. Yet Alpena County and many other local governments across the nation find ...