Stay safe while driving in winter weather

Editorials and columns

A somewhat disproportionate share of vehicle crashes happen in cold-weather months in Michigan. While January, February, March, November, and December account for about 41% of the days of the year, about 45% of Michigan traffic crashes happened in those months last year, according to the most ...

Protect your kids on social media sites

Editorials and columns

Alpena Public Schools has joined a national class-action lawsuit that aims to hold tech companies accountable for the negative effects of social media use by young people, including mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, and more, News staff writer Mike Gonzalez ...

Could we see a Gov. Pete?

Editorials and columns

Even the most hardened Republican would have to concede that Pete Buttigieg has a political future, but could that include running for elective office in Michigan? The whiz kid Democrat who ran for president but failed is also the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is now, however, a ...

Prefer no water-sewer trial, but let it end

Editorials and columns

Alpena Township’s auditors recently told township trustees they need to prepare for potential financial liabilities from an April trial that could settle the township’s years-long fight with Alpena over water and sewer rates the city charges the township. That audit was the first and only ...

Free speech has always been ugly

Editorials and columns

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” — George Washington “Free speech is in trouble,” famed polling guru Nate Silver stated flatly in the headline of a recent newsletter. I hate to disagree with a guru, but ...

Maintaining separation of church and state

Letters to the Editor

Dear Sirs/Madams: The separation of church and state Religion is all about beliefs and beliefs are based on current as interpreted human assumptions. We have the Bible. We have the Lutheran Catechism and its ten commandments. But, in legislating abortion we now support the new ...