Opinion

DDA’s pot vote shows changing times

Editorials and columns

The times, they are a changin’. So was the title of Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic. We were reminded of that song this week after reading of the Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s recommendation to the Alpena Municipal Council that the city allow “up to two medical marijuana ...

Economic development requires patience

Editorials and columns

A park. No, not a park. A parking lot. Except we don’t need more parking. We just need people willing to walk to their destination. We need more parking, but not in a lot. A parking garage would be better. But it must be free parking. An apartment complex would be great in that space. But ...

Extinction will happen, but we can do our part

Editorials and columns

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. ...

On bears and other wildlife, listen to the DNR

Editorials and columns

Ah, spring. Sun’s starting shine. Grass is greening. Flowers soon to bloom. Birds chirping, hungry for the feeder you’re all too happy to refill ... ... and bears waking up from their winter slumber, lumbering into your back yard for a nibble. On Monday, News reporter Julie Riddle ...

Getting outdoors to get healthy

Editorials and columns

This past weekend, I spent a few hours outside in the garden beds. I’m not a very good gardener. I enjoy giving it my best attempt, though. Every spring, I look forward to being able to get outside and make the garden beds look fresh and colorful. I started vegetable seeds in the house a ...

Consider alternative paths to education

Editorials and columns

High school dropout rates among school districts in the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District ranged from about 3% to 7.5% last school year. That’s better than the statewide rate of nearly 9%, but it’s still troubling to think that dozens of Northeast Michigan students are ...

A week of good news for Alpena High

Editorials and columns

Alpena High School has had plenty to celebrate in the past week. First, last Monday came the news that several Alpena High students had medaled at the Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament. Rhea Gereau and Aiden Cardwell earned fourth place in Write It Do It and James Peterson and Matthew ...

HUNT folks right: Transparency is key

Editorials and columns

Mike Hahn of the Michigan State Police is one of those guys you always want on your side. Smart, sensible and fair, he is the type of person that, when he speaks, you know you want to listen. And listen carefully. Thus, when the assistant commander of the Michigan State Police’s 7th ...

Also got great care at the Alpena hospital

Letters to the Editor

I, too, like Dr. Avery Aten (“Celebrate our local health care system,” April 13) had an excellent experience at MidMichigan Health recently. I was a patient in the ER and everyone from the receptionist to the X-ray tech to the young woman who administered the breathing treatment were ...

The importance of thinking, reading critically

Editorials and columns

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that the website detailing the fictional endangered tree octopus was used by University of Connecticut researchers but was not created by them. The source of the website was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. Back in the ...

A few simple facts about Onaway airport

Letters to the Editor

Here are a few simple facts surrounding the Onaway Airport and “Rogers City County’s” financial woes. First and foremost, an airport is critical infrastructure in a community. The location of the Onaway Airport has several important advantages over an airport in Rogers City, too many to ...

Collaboration encouraging, tax talk discouraging

Editorials and columns

Is it possible for national GOP lawmakers and Democrats to actually work together on something? It’s premature to assume that to be the case, but, at least this week, a glimmer of hope could be seen at the White House after congressional Democrat leaders and President Donald Trump, with ...

Newspapers, journalists deserve an apology!

Letters to the Editor

I think we need to celebrate The News and newspapers that bring us the truth! We need the truth in order to be a functioning democracy. Robert Mueller’s report does support what The News and newspapers have been saying and the lies from this administration should be called what they are: ...

What’s wrong? Is outrage really so dead?

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water ... ∫ Years after Watergate, President Nixon astonished the world when he told interviewer David Frost that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” The idea is ludicrous, right? If true, that would mean we live in a kingdom, not a ...

Sad students knew nothing of founding father

Letters to the Editor

In the April 25 edition of The News, syndicated columnist Walter Williams wrote about nearly 3,500 protest signatures at George Mason University asking for the firing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was hired to co-teach a course called Creation of the ...

Time to take off that holiday weight

Editorials and columns

When the temperature reaches a balmy 48 degrees and folks shed their parkas to stand in line at Dairy Queen, you know spring has reached northern Michigan. With warmer temperatures, we discover that, beneath layers of winter clothes, we added layers to ourselves. Santa gave us his belly, Cupid ...

Low esteem for DNR’s actions with deer

Letters to the Editor

About a year ago, my son and his wife saw a doe along the side of the road dead and a newborn fawn alive beside her. They picked it up and got goat’s milk to feed it until it could eat on its own. The deer was never penned and was always free-ranging. Last Easter, my daughter-in-law ...