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Opinion

Thank you, Northeast Michigan, for a home

Editorials and columns

As of Friday, it was official ... I have joined the ranks of the retired. In the words of Howard Cosell’s booth partner, Don Meredith: It’s time “to turn out the lights, the party’s over.” But, oh, what a party it has been. I have been blessed beyond measure in my 42-year ...

Thankful for MidMichigan Medical Center

Letters to the Editor

I was in the ICU for 4 days with COVID-19 and pneumonia at MidMichigan Medical Center about the time Dr. Victory claimed (in the article in the February 6th paper) unsafe conditions. I spoke to the staff regarding equipment and supplies and they assured me they were available as needed. I ...

Kiddos, sign up for new book club

Editorials and columns

We at The News love reading. Not only is part of our livelihood, we also believe it’s important to the livelihood of everyone in our community. Reading unlocks the doors to the rest of the world, increasing our ability to learn, and makes it possible for us to gain new skills. Those who ...

How can Bergman support people like Greene?

Letters to the Editor

“Support is the act of showing that you believe that someone is good and that you approve of them.” Congressional Representative Marjorie Greene stated that lasers from space started the California wildfires, the Las Vegas massacre was part of a massive conspiracy to enact “gun ...

Wondering if true unification is possible?

Letters to the Editor

Do you believe in the concept of unity? I do. Unity, by definition, is “the quality or state of not being multiple, of oneness.” The pandemic of 2020 struck and terrorized so many, causing excruciating pain and sorrow. Very few were left unscathed by its far-reaching tentacles. In ...

Lying between truth and falsity

Letters to the Editor

We owe much to the academics among us. People who get to the bottom of things: things we take for granted, don’t have a clue about, or haven’t the time to consider. Professor Harry G. Frankfurter is such a guy. Not one to assume, he yearns to know. Like Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick, he strives ...

Forest changes and ice damage

Editorials and columns

Forests differ based on past management activities and site conditions (e.g., soils, water, climate). Differences in forests can be observed through comparisons of plant and animal communities and other non-living (abiotic) characteristics, such as forest light levels. Forests can also be ...

Commissioners sabotage health, small business

Letters to the Editor

Well, well, well, after a year of saying and doing nothing to help our community deal with the devastating effects of the pandemic, the Republican Commissioners decide to sign a resolution to sabotage us all. Even though health experts tell us to continue wearing masks and social distance, ...

Speer has always supported Northeast Michigan

Letters to the Editor

Bill Speer has been a steady and strong supporter for Northeast Michigan and more important Alpena and his leadership to keep the printed press alive, when so many cities in the USA have lost their local paper. I recalled meeting Bill for the first at a 7 a.m. coffee group known as the Section ...

Help the DNR with deer tests

Editorials and columns

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources needs more deer heads to avoid the possibility of burdensome new mandates imposed on area cow farmers. Through an agreement with the federal government, the state must collect a specified number of deer heads harvested from specific parts of the ...

Thank you, Bill Speer, for you and your career

Editorials and columns

Trying to find the words to express my appreciation and respect for my boss, Bill Speer, as he moves into retirement has proved challenging and emotional for me. There are so many things I want to tell him, and so little space to do so. The only words I can come up with are “thank ...

Congratulations, Panel Processing

Editorials and columns

Panel Processing this year celebrates 50 years of operations and its growth from a small shop in Alpena to a major manufacturer with operations in four states. The wood product manufacturer was founded in 1971 by Robert Granum and a small group of local investors. It built itself by building ...

Make COVID reforms permanent

Editorials and columns

The early responses of the governor and Legislature to fight COVID-19 saved lives. Unfortunately, those life-saving reforms have been suspended, and the novel coronavirus isn’t stopping its infectious pursuit of the world just because we started a new calendar year. Much of last year was ...

State’s athletes need protection

Editorials and columns

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration announced last week that contact sports can resume at Michigan high schools after a months-long pause during a cold-weather resurgence of the coronavirus. We are happy our athletes will once again have the chance to shine on the court and on the ice, ...

Whitmer between mama bear, cubs

Editorials and columns

Over the years, there’s been a heated debate in this town over efforts to reduce the number of school districts in this state, which is currently pegged at over 500. Taking a page from the corporate playbook, where consolidation is a fact of life, not to mention a way to reduce payroll ...

Dine out, tip big

Editorials and columns

We are thrilled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration lifted the restrictions on indoor service at bars and restaurants earlier this month, and we urge our readers who feel comfortable enough to do so to help our eateries celebrate the news by dining out and tipping big. Our bar and ...

A boy who wanted to be like dad

Editorials and columns

You don’t fully realize it, then, because all you know is what you know. But I know it now. Most kids — probably all kids — grow up wanting to be like their parents. It looks different to all, but, to me, it looked — and still looks — a little bit dusty, with dark smears on my ...

Going through the ups and downs of Lake Huron living

Editorials and columns

The Latest from Alcona County, “First of the 83,” is that there’s less of it now than there was just a few years back! Lake Huron is to blame. In 2013, the bones of the Northern Light surfaced from the shallow waters of Harrisville Harbor of Refuge for the first time since 1881, when ...

The chickens and eggs of newspapering

Editorials and columns

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” — Newton’s Third Law “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” — unknown Life is all chickens and eggs. To fix B, you have to fix A. But the changes you make ...

Time to get restaurants back to full capacity

Letters to the Editor

Will our restaurants, taverns, fast-food and bars be able to have consumers dine-in for very long now they’ve reopened for dine-in service. All of these businesses plus many non-food businesses have done their part according to Governor Whitmer, CDC and Health Department. Before any more ...