Opinion

Time for Congress to begin impeachment inquiry

Letters to the Editor

It’s time for Congress to begin a formal impeachment inquiry. I can arrive at no other conclusion after Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress last week. Mueller did his job. Now it’s on Congress to do theirs. Trump may lie, but the evidence does not, and Mueller found plenty of it. His ...

Opposed to rezoning old Kmart property

Letters to the Editor

I am opposed to rezoning the former Kmart Property from B-3 to light industrial. For eight years, I was on the Planning and Zoning Commission and am concerned with the long-range implications if this were rezoned to I-1. Here are my primary concerns: 1. This area abuts a wetland, is ...

Keeping geese numbers at manageable levels important

Editorials and columns

In Alpena there is no goose who ever laid a golden egg. Instead, there are plenty of geese who have laid — well the polite term would probably be grease — wherever they land. This summer the numbers of geese in the city seems at one of the highest levels it has been in recent years. ...

Who has right-of-way at turns?

Editorials and columns

Repeatedly, I am asked about the right-of-way regarding lane use by the hospital and the Duck Park in Alpena, and then at the intersection of Bagley Street and M-32. The question usually starts with something along the lines of, “When the light is a green arrow for the center turn lane on ...

It’s time to SNAP into action

Editorials and columns

Last month, I had the absolute delight of having all my grandchildren under the same roof for a few days. Their laughter, their sweet curiosity, their silly games ... all of it just brightened the mood around the house. We took time to play and share stories, and I remember thinking, I should ...

Kudos, Jerry Lancaster, for building such a legacy

Editorials and columns

We love a good story, and Jerry Lancaster gave us a great one last week. Reporter Julie Goldberg on Saturday told us all about how Jerry, at just 20 years old, started Alpena’s L&S Transit Mix Concrete Co. with his dad, Willis. Now 90 years old, Jerry still works at the business he ...

An agreeable stay at middle ground

Editorials and columns

I’m from Alpena, but I’ve been to Bolton. Lately, I’ve been wondering what lies halfway between those two as I’ve been on a search for middle ground. But middle ground has been hard to find — more and more things are grounded elsewhere. Many people are casual observers, their ...

Watch out for ticks, folks

Editorials and columns

Few things are better than a Northeast Michigan summer, and the best part of a Northeast Michigan summer is getting outside to enjoy nature’s splendor. But, as reporter Crystal Nelson reminded us in a Saturday story, that splendor comes with risks. Alpena County is currently considered a ...

Trump and the common bonds between Snyder, Whitmer

Editorials and columns

If you were asked to compare former Gov. Rick Snyder with the current governor, you’d be inclined to conclude, “What comparison?” After all, he’s a Republican and she’s not. He’s a business guy and she’s a career politician. He’s got a boat load of money, she does not. And on ...

Always great to see the community step up

Editorials and columns

It seems to happen all the time, this community making us smile, proud to call Northeast Michigan home. The latest example was came Thursday, when reporter Steve Schulwitz told us about the offers of not one, but two community groups to step in and make something of the deteriorating ball ...

Let your voice be heard about Plaza Pool

Editorials and columns

Plaza Pool is too important of an asset to let slip away. Those who agree need to rally together to (a) help figure a way financially to help keep it open and (b) market the pool and its importance from one end of Alpena County to the other. In a region blessed with water as its most ...

Immigration protesters were misinformed

Letters to the Editor

The recent Alpena protesters have been so misinformed of the real cause of the border crises which is getting worse by the day. A past congressman spelled out that the law reads that anyone crossing the border without any authorization is a felon subject to arrest, detained, and deported. It ...

Do we look to the sky for area’s future?

Editorials and columns

Coming on the heels of the historic Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations, I read with interest news this week that Michigan had been designated the number one state in the Midwest for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness. In addition, it rose from 8th to 4th in national rankings. The ...

Letter maligns everything country stands for

Letters to the Editor

Well, Ms. Medland is at it again with her anti-President Donald Trump diatribe. Please, Carolyn, recognize that all issues/problems in this country cannot be attributed solely to President Trump. This country of immigrants has specific laws dealing with immigration, which have served this ...

Treating candidates fairly close to an election

Editorials and columns

This week, a reader asked about The News’ policy regarding coverage of candidates for elected office. Specifically, the reader wondered why we ran a photo on Monday’s Lifestyles page of Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski (who has made clear he intends to run for reelection next year) giving a ...

AP saw different Mueller hearing than us

Letters to the Editor

Apparently the three Associated Press reporters that had their names on the byline for The Alpena News headline article in the July 25 edition watched different hearings with Robert Mueller than I and others watched on July 24. They reinforced what I’ve been saying for some time now, that the ...

‘Bachelorette’ taught me more than debates

Editorials and columns

I watched part of the big debate this week. Can you believe Hannah Brown picked that lousy dog food jingle singer over the other guy? Hey, what can I say, “The Bachelorette” was way more educational than the first Democratic debate. At least, with “The Bachelorette,” I learned two ...

We should all remember the Forrestal fire

Letters to the Editor

Fifty-two years ago, five men from Alpena were to experience one of the most shocking events of their lives. The USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was involved in the worst shipboard fire since World War II. One hundred thirty-four men died, and many more were injured. But, by the grace of God, the four ...

Love the murals, and here’s another idea

Letters to the Editor

I love the murals the artists are painting … by the old Dairy Queen/now Hungry Hippie on State Street and Family Enterprises. Did you ever notice the sign on the corner of State and Chishom Street? It’s a nothing. The electric sign advertise the mall businesses but the huge sign above it ...