Opinion

Hats off to ACC nursing program for accreditation

Editorials and columns

Congratulations to Alpena Community College’s nursing program for receiving accreditation. The achievement is noteworthy and provided college teachers, administration and students a reason to smile this week. Make no mistake, receiving accreditation is a huge achievement. Accreditation ...

Garden club supports March for Science

Letters to the Editor

The Alpena Garden Club supports the April 22 March for Science. As members of the Alpena Garden Club our mission is to work toward the beautification of the city and to educate others in the care of plants. We are 55 members strong who plant and maintain many city gardens. Using science from ...

HUNT has positive impact on region

Editorials and columns

When a community suffers from a drug problem, it’s like an octopus whose tentacles reach far and wide. Naturally the problem impacts the user, and abuser. But the problem also often impacts relationships with a spouse or friend, impacts parenting skills, affects employment and, in some ...

A secular country from the start, seriously?

Letters to the Editor

Elaine Thompson, it's obvious by the crumbling of our culture that our country is becoming more and more secular but it's also obvious you didn't do your homework on the founders of the country and it's obvious of your disdain for Christians. Founding father, John Adams, "I will avow that I ...

An event-filled date in history

Editorials and columns

If you go back far enough in time, you can find interesting/noteworthy/important events on most dates. But today's date in history seems to be chock full of interesting events. It doesn't seem like it has been three years, but in 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 female students in ...

Community needs to show support for TBT

Letters to the Editor

I am writing on behalf of Thunder Bay Theatre, Northeast Michigan and Alpena's only year-round professional theatre. Jeffrey Mindock, Artistic Director for the organization, attended the City Council Meeting to discuss the Theatre's overwhelming growth in the past three years and the new ...

Getting your ‘certified’ real news

Editorials and columns

Products at the grocery store are "Certified organic" or "Made with 100 percent real dairy butter." Maybe we need something like that for news. I had this brilliant idea after reading — in an actual newspaper (you know … the foldy thing that stains your fingers) — about the 1,000 ...

Enbridge letter to the editor was laughable

Letters to the Editor

A recent letter by Enbridge about the safety of Line-5 pipeline made me laugh. What Enbridge was essentially saying was they are the only ones telling the truth about Line-5 pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinaw and us concerned citizens were spreading false facts about their twin, ...

Can’t pay your taxes? Here are 6 ways to cope

Editorials and columns

Finding the cash to pay a larger-than-expected tax bill can be tricky, but tax pros say there are ways to deal with the surprise without having to pawn the family heirlooms. 1. Take a deep breath. Though crimes such as tax fraud or evasion certainly can come with jail time, the IRS probably ...

Legislation aimed at drug pricing is what we need

Editorials and columns

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

What does it mean to be proud?

Editorials and columns

What does it mean to be proud? It is difficult to define without using the word “pride,” but when I feel pride in something I feel extremely happy and excited. It’s a feeling that makes me want to tell everyone I see about what it is that is making me proud. I recently spent much of ...

Trump sends message with air strikes

Editorials and columns

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...

The value of the water surrounding us

Editorials and columns

You’re never more than five minutes away from water in Alpena. A few years ago I pulled out a map and comparing what I was seeing to plat books, I counted about 100 assessable open bodies of water in the Alpena area. I, as most, consider the Alpena area to be the land that stretches from ...

Let’s end the fear of sexual assault

Editorials and columns

No victim of sexual assault ever “asked for it.” They never “actually wanted it.” They never “dressed too provocatively,” or “deserved it.” Plainly speaking, no victim of sexual assault should ever have been one. Yet, the number of people who have been sexually ...

Airport’s number will affect its future

Editorials and columns

Enplanements at Alpena County Regional Airport for March were 765, compared to 639 last year. As Congress wrestles with the elimination of the Essential Air Service program in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, down the road those numbers may, or may not, be significant anymore. ...

Browser history shouldn’t be made available

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday, (April Fools’ Day) I read an article about how Congress just passed a bill that allows Internet providers the right to sell your personal browsing history. I wondered if it was just a bad joke. I did some investigating and found out that it was true. Did you know that your ...

Levin predicted Thursday’s actions

Editorials and columns

I always have enjoyed former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. I suppose that could seem strange to readers, who might tend to label me a conservative and Levin a liberal. Then again, that’s why labels are dangerous. What I have appreciated most about Levin over the years was his love for ...

Optimists event great for Alpena

Letters to the Editor

This past week we had the opportunity to tke our five-year-old grandson to the spring break activity at the Alpena High School. The Optimists and many volunteers provided quality activities for those young people who were here in the area during spring break. You make Alpena a special place ...