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Opinion

City makes right call with goose hunts

Editorials and columns

Yes, there has been more of that dreaded goose grease in Alpena this year. Alpena Building Inspector Don Gilmet confirmed that fact to council this week as members voted 3-2 to hold a pair of controlled goose hunts within the city next month. The number of hunters also will increase for the ...

No place for violence, bigotry in America

Letters to the Editor

People for Social Justice decry the display of violence, bigotry and hate that was evident this weekend in Charlottesville. President Trump's reluctance to speak out against the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and their ilk can only be called despicable. His crass political calculation to ...

Wasn’t told he had to attend board meeting

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the article in the Alpena News about the Montmorency County commissioners selecting the VA service officer. My name is Bruce Brown Jr. and according to the article I was the one that was hired, but since I wasn't at the meeting the position was given to the other person. ...

Trump sets realistic Afghanistan strategy

Editorials and columns

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald ...

Historical/authentic license plate laws

Editorials and columns

A reader said they have recently seen a few historic, restored vehicles with historical or authentic license plates that were painted to match the vehicle paint. The reader wanted to know if this was legal and what the requirements are to legally use a historic or an authentic license plate. ...

Traveling along old roads

Editorials and columns

We shouldn’t, but we take some roads for granted. Those stretches of lane combinations running to and from the places to which such roads take us. But a road can be a way: your way, my way, another’s way. It can guide a forward looking vision or be a way determined by a memory. Some ...

Issues get missed by non-politicians

Editorials and columns

In politics what you don't know could hurt you but if you spin it right, it can actually help. One of the most embarrassing moments for an elected official is to admit he or she does not know something. For some reason the public super imposes on them a standard that nobody can meet, i.e. ...

No telling how a jail millage will be received

Editorials and columns

Are Alpena County commissioners making the right decision by holding a special election in November to vote on millage needed for a new jail? We hope so, and assume they are confident in their actions. We believe the question is a fair one, however, after the county’s finance committee this ...

Garden club’s efforts make Alpena beautiful

Letters to the Editor

I would like to compliment the Alpena Garden Club for the beautiful work that they do. It really takes time and effort to make not only the city of Alpena beautiful, but their own gardens. My husband Phil and I stay at our cottage on Long Lake for the summer. My sister-in-law Kay Harris-Young ...

Unimaginable has become very real

Editorials and columns

I always thought I grew up in a crazy time of our country’s history. I was sent home in first grade early from school as my teacher cried in front of the class, telling us “something terrible” had happened to the president. It was the first of a trio of assassinations that would rob ...

The community’s support helps garden club

Letters to the Editor

I want to express my gratitude to our community and to the folks in the surrounding area who attended the Alpena Garden Club's first summer garden walk. We had a constant flow of visitors at all of our eight sites and were heartened by the positive comments from everyone. The gardeners who ...

Trump and the alt-right fringe

Editorials and columns

Donald Trump's mouth-foaming press conference is turning out to be a very good thing for this country. Say what? Yes, a good thing. For decades now, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Confederate wannabes have existed on the far flung fringes of society, occasionally popping up at rally ...

Not in support of a millage for a new jail

Letters to the Editor

Alpena County has approximately 28,803 residents as of 2015, and the population is slowly but steadily decreasing. One mil over 20 years for a grand and wonderful new jail will generate approximately $20 million for construction, bond interest, and operating costs. That is $694 for each and ...

It’s time to eradicate hatred and intolerance

Letters to the Editor

Can we as a people, community and nation, allow our current U.S. President to perpetuate his tacit approval of hatred, intolerance, racism, homophobia and misogyny? We must voice, not simply our outrage, but our refusal to let Mr. Trump's remarks, define us as a community, state or democracy. ...

Moths and windowpanes

Editorials and columns

Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. Psalm 60:5 It was a day for exploring. The little watchtower on the hill invited us in, the locked latch on the door willingly giving way to our tugging fingers. Inside it was cool and dim. The floor was ...

Did not need the graphic details

Letters to the Editor

I was appalled at the graphic descriptions in a recent Alpena News article regarding the Hein CSC case. I see no merit in providing anything more than the degree of the offenses — I have never read such graphic descriptions in other newspapers. Furthermore, for a newspaper that is ...

What a crazy world we live in

Editorials and columns

By Hannah Hobbs It comes as no surprise to me or any of my fellow peers to be fully aware or at least knowledgeable of just how crazy our world really is. I cannot begin to fathom how many times I have heard someone mention we are on the brink of World War 3 as if it is part of a casual ...

Another shining moment for Alpena’s arts community

Editorials and columns

Once again the arts community in Alpena will be shining this weekend with the inaugural Sunrise 45 Film Festival. More than 40 films and music videos will be shared at three venues beginning today and continuing through Sunday. A $40 all-access pass will get you into all the venues all three ...