Opinion

Perpetuating invisibility of male trafficking victims

Letters to the Editor

While the sex trafficking seminar in Roger City for middle school girls was good in theory, in practice, it left out almost half of the children who are also at risk of being trafficked: boys. Many sex trafficking advocates and campaigns falsely state that sex trafficking almost exclusively ...

Protect those who protect you: Move over

Editorials and columns

Our police officers protect us from harm by making sure motorists aren’t speeding or driving recklessly on our streets. Our tow truck drivers protect us from harm by making sure damaged or otherwise immobile vehicles are cleared from the roadway so that we can travel safely. Our utility ...

Vote yes on bonds for Ella White students

Letters to the Editor

There are alarming health hazards students and adults are exposed to at Ella White. The art room is the original kitchen with asbestos ceiling tiles. Some are missing and some have holes. The floor is the original asbestos tiles. Some of those are missing, as well. This does not allow students ...

Why journalists sometimes go off the record

Editorials and columns

First, a word of advice to anyone who might find themselves being interviewed by a reporter on a sensitive or controversial matter: “Off the record” is a two-way verbal contract that must be struck before the interview begins. More than once in my career, I’ve had the displeasure of ...

Humbled, honored by community support

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I was honored by the community of Alpena. A committee which included Terry King, his wife, Luciana, and Meg Devers spearheaded this event. The honor recognized my completion of 50 years of service with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office. Many invited guests from the community were ...

Conservation District urges oak wilt prevention

Editorials and columns

Is there anything better than springtime in the north woods? Walking wooded trails with the spring sun shining through miles of forest canopy around me is the favorite part of my job (especially before the bugs come out). Even just driving around, you see the pastel colors of baby leaves ...

Voting against school millage for first time

Letters to the Editor

With a sad heart, I write that, for the first time in my life, I will be voting against a school mileage. Growing lists of concerns reveal our school leadership has failed its stated mission of “partnering with the community” and encouraging lifelong learning. Here are some ...

Observational musings by Andy Heller

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ Bryant Gumbel’s show on HBO took a critical look at the so-far largely empty promises made by the Ilitch family in redeveloping a swath of downtown Detroit. When they built Little Caesar’s Arena, they got $324 million from Michigan taxpayers, money that was ...

Having a brother with autism is awesome

Editorials and columns

When you think of April, you probably think of April Fools’ Day, spring (hopefully), Easter, or Passover, if you’re like my family and celebrate that. But, to me and my family, one other thing makes April special: Autism Awareness Month. Autism Awareness Month is used to promote ...

Whitmer, GOP: Get us out of neutral on budget

Editorials and columns

Not surprisingly it appears Michigan residents will be stuck in neutral for awhile regarding any new solution to repairing Michigan roads and bridges. The state Senate transportation budget subcommittee this week removed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax hike from her proposed roads ...

Sunday morning opera lessons

Editorials and columns

When I was growing up, Sundays meant opera. After church, buckled into the back seat, feet barely touching the floor, running errands with my parents around town, often getting a slurpee from 7-Eleven as a treat — and always opera playing from “Live from the Met,” a livestream from New ...

Confronted with a mismatch of integrity

Editorials and columns

Do your actions and words, across all situations, align with the values, beliefs, and principles you claim to uphold? If they do, then you have integrity. Throughout my continuous journey of self-improvement and growth, integrity is one of the areas I specifically focus on. Over the years, I ...

Get help for opioid addiction

Editorials and columns

In Wednesday’s edition of The News, reporter Crystal Nelson detailed a presentation to the Association of Lifelong Learners by the head of pharmacy at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. In that presentation, Laura Caplis told the Lifelong Learners members that, in 2017, Alpena County ...

DNR heroes too often unsung

Editorials and columns

In Monday’s edition of The News ran a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who posed for the photo holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, accoridng to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the ...

On trash day, respect your neighbors

Editorials and columns

Last week, the City of Alpena issued a news release reminding residents to obey the city’s garbage ordinance, which requires trash to be stored in containers with tight-fitting lids and put curbside no sooner than the night before scheduled pickup. Any excess trash must be covered “to ...

Grateful for the Great Lakes? Protect them

Editorials and columns

Saturday’s paper brought us a story that put hard numbers to what most of us already knew: The Great Lakes are great for us. A study commissioned by the Michigan Port Collaborative found nearly $174 million in economic benefits in Alpena in 2017 from Lake Huron and other waterways, mostly ...

A welcome trip away from the computer

Editorials and columns

It was great to be back in school again last week. A week ago, I visited a group of fourth-grade students in Gretchen Rea’s class at Besser Elementary School as part of a Newspapers in Education presentation. Matt Duthler, Carrie Burr, and the good folks at Northland Area Federal Credit ...

Trade joints for Bibles, hate for love

Letters to the Editor

Wake up, folks! The deafening silence of the moral majority has helped to seriously degrade America’s morality. Wrong has become right, and the foxes are now running the hen house.What must God think? This marijuana insanity, with its iniquitous money, has mapped out our nation city by city ...

Julian Assange is an irresponsible journalist

Editorials and columns

When I covered education in Battle Creek, the Kellogg Community College board suspended the college president after a security guard claimed to have walked in on the president having sex with another college employee in the president’s office. Documents I obtained through the Freedom of ...

An open letter to all our politicians …

Letters to the Editor

I believe that it is time you really do something. I believe that it is time that you take a look at our side of issues. We are the ones that pay the taxes. We are the ones that cast the vote. We are the ones that do not give a hoot for someone else’s special interest. We are the ones that ...