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Opinion

Listening to understand

Editorials and columns

The number of meetings I attend in a week can be a pretty substantial number. Meetings are one of the many things I wish I would have kept a running total of since my first day at this job. I also wish I would have tracked the total number of sticky notes I have used since day one here. ...

Trump needs to realize value of Camp David

Editorials and columns

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Elected officials should think before they speak

Editorials and columns

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted last week of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very ...

Trump right to press Cuba to keep its promises

Editorials and columns

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For ...

The challenge of luring business to state

Editorials and columns

Former Gov. John Engler started this thing. Gov. Jennifer Granholm continued this thing. Gov. Rick Snyder tried to modify this thing. And now state lawmakers are arguing how to continue this thing. The "thing" is providing tax credits to business to supposedly create more ...

Both parties responsible for economic failings

Letters to the Editor

When I was younger I once woke up to a bright light, and people around me saying, "Don't duck on an uppercut." I remember that when I discuss the illiterate economic policies by which Republicans and Democrats afflict society. Neoliberal economics was dubbed in the mid-30s by Milton ...

Outside the box thinking for big box

Editorials and columns

Thinking “outside the box” is a phrase that is used way too much these days, but it is a concept I wholeheartedly subscribe to. What if we were to use that type of thinking — outside the box type thinking — but then turned it around and applied it literally to a box? In fact, what if ...

Hold lawmakers responsible for their actions

Letters to the Editor

Remember when Donald Trump’s campaign promise was “better insurance at a lower price?” So here is what is now happening. While we are all watching the hearings on Trump’s possible obstruction of the intelligence communities, Republicans are quietly pushing a health bill along ...

Lessons from the Flint water crisis

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water… ∫ Whether they're ultimately convicted or not, the fact that five public officials are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter (including Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and four others) in the poisoning of Flint is important. It ...

Damage to your body can last generations

Letters to the Editor

Understanding autism leapt forward this year with University of Bristol's 14,500 person study in Scientific Reports, showing a 53 percent increased risk of autism if the child's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy. Similarly, granddaughters experienced a 67 percent increased risk of ...

Last of students born in 1900s

Letters to the Editor

It is the valedictory season, the time for high school students to bid farewell to their lives as children. This graduation season, however, holds a special significance. For the most part, 2017 marks the final year in which students born during the 1900s will graduate from high school. ...

The Giving Pledge

Editorials and columns

What would you do with millions of dollars at your disposal? It’s a question we ask ourselves when the Power Ball jackpot gets tantalizingly large. While we’ve all certainly dreamed of the material objects we’d buy — cars and yachts, a Tuscan villa and Caribbean hideaway — most ...

Looking back at challenges of first year in the area

Editorials and columns

As the first wave of heat makes its way toward the Hubbard Lake area, I cannot help but have two things come to mind. One, I really should invest in getting an air conditioner, and two, this summer more than likely will be one of the busiest summers I have had in a while. Two weeks from ...

Time to return to respect, civility

Editorials and columns

Can we now agree to restore civility and respect to politics? In the aftermath of Wednesday’s baseball diamond shooting, the need for respect and civility never has been greater. Two legislators with Northeast Michigan roots — current U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman and our former State Sen. ...

Turns from a blinking red light

Editorials and columns

Here in Alpena it seems like there are a number of people who forget what a blinking red light means. I always get the question, “When making a left hand turn on a blinking red light, do you need to come to a complete stop?” Followed by this type of story generally, “I was almost rear ...