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Opinion

Journalism should happen without fear or favor

Editorials and columns

It was Adolph S. Ochs who, after taking over the New York Times in 1896, wrote that the Times would conduct its business “without fear or favor.” He was telling his reporters that they should do their jobs without worrying what those they wrote about might do to them or the Times in ...

Remembering Margaret Knechtel this holiday

Letters to the Editor

Linke’s Flowers was established in 1907 by Alfred Linke. Margaret Linke Knechtel ran the business on Mirre and Fifth Street until it was destroyed by fire in 1997. The business then moved to M-32, where she ran the business unitl her death in 1999. In the early days of fall, Margaret and ...

Thank you, Cam, for your service

Editorials and columns

A good man leaves public office at the end of the month. Alpena County Commissioner Cam Habermehl’s term in office ends then, as he was defeated in the August primary by Kevin Burr, who will assume the seat the first of the year. Habermehl had been involved with county leadership for 14 ...

Gov. Snyder, voters have spoken; listen

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Snyder, I read that you will decide the fate of the lame-duck bills passed by the Republican majority based on what you perceive are the wishes of the citizens of Michigan. I hope that is true. With this last election, voters told you they want change. Hear them. Let that be your ...

Alpena loses an economic giant

Editorials and columns

We lost a giant this past week. Ron Winter did more economically for Northeast Michigan than anyone else in the last 50 years. He built our region’s largest company from scratch to a total employment measuring hundreds more than the next-biggest concern. He was graduated from Alpena ...

Library, school proposals both noble causes

Letters to the Editor

I read in today’s Alpena News, Dec. 13, 2018 edition, about the Alpena Library wanting to float a millage issue vote this spring. Together with the millage issue of the Alpena Public Schools, both of these millage requests are for noble causes in my opinion. What could be more worthy an ...

Enrbidge looks forward to serving Michigan safely

Editorials and columns

In 1953, we constructed what then was a state-of-the-art pipeline to transport oil by pipeline, rather than ship. To this day, Line 5 remains a sterling example of energy infrastructure that has stood the test of time to serve this region safely and well. However, as with most major ...

How can we fight Facebook? Fool them

Editorials and columns

A New York Times report this week said internal Facebook documents indicate that Mark Zuckerberg’s Frankenstein monster, despite promises to keep our info private, in fact shared and traded it — including our private messages — with other Silicon Valley giants like Amazon, Microsoft and ...

Why do we create a drive-through Christmas?

Editorials and columns

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me” ... the voice of Tony Bennett weaves its magic throughout the shopping mall as last-minute shoppers scurry from store to store. Advertisements promise just the right gifts at just the right price, allowing us to give like Santa and ...

Stay safe this Christmas

Editorials and columns

Don’t let an accident ruin your Christmas. State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer reminds residents to be careful this holiday season. Specifically, he reminds us of these statistics: ∫ More than a third of home decoration fires are started by candles. ∫ 42 percent of decoration fires ...

You don’t have to be stingy with kindness

Editorials and columns

I was at a mall recently, sitting in the food court, near a large carousel. I was engaged in one of my favorite pastimes — people watching — when two women entered the mall and made their way toward the carousel. They were older women, in their 70s and 80s, is my guess. One had a cane ...

Students, stay sharp over holiday break!

Editorials and columns

You’ve all heard of “summer slide,” the phenomenon in which students lose academic ground while away from the classroom over the long summer break. Some estimates say students fall as much as two months behind on reading skills every summer, meaning teachers have to spend the first two ...

Here’s hoping for a great (and peaceful) 2019

Editorials and columns

Jan. 1 marks the beginning of a new term in state, federal and local governments. New lawmakers will be sworn into seats ranging from the halls of Congress to the halls of Northeast Michigan townships. In Congress and in the state Capitol, it marks the beginning of a newly divided ...

Lighting up the holiday season

Editorials and columns

I’ve really been enjoying the articles in The Alpena News that share staff recollections of favorite holiday moments. Sharing stories like this offers a glimpse through a window into the lives of people we may not know very well, offering an opportunity to become closer as fellow members of ...

Thank you for the spirit

Editorials and columns

Beginning with Julie Goldberg’s story on Black Friday shoppers heading to the stores on Thanksgiving night, The News has continued its annual tradition of publishing daily Christmas-themed stories on its front page. As we have each year, we’ll continue to publish such stories daily until ...

Eliminating black lung disease should be priority

Editorials and columns

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Seeds laid for Whitmer-Trump tests

Editorials and columns

Rick Snyder never got there. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping she will. Gov. Snyder and President Donald Trump did not share much common ground. The president can be bombastic and is fearless when it comes to blasting those he doesnt not like. During his eight years as governor, nobody ever used ...

Your smiles are making us smile at The News

Editorials and columns

Thank you for allowing me a smile this morning. Our readers have been quite gracious to me these past weeks as many have shared how much they have enjoyed our Christmas and holiday stories. Readers were especially appreciative of the staff columns that, as one reader shared, “allowed us to ...

A good year to make journalists part of the story

Editorials and columns

I wept, with heartbreak and with pride, the day in June that a gunman killed five reporters in Annapolis, Md. From the moment I saw the Balitmore Sun’s first tweet announcing the breaking news, I knew that, unless the gunman somehow managed to murder the staff in whole, there would be an ...

Finance schools, not a border wall

Letters to the Editor

Our tax dollars should be used to improve our schools, childcare and health care, not to finance the Trump administration’s heartless, anti-immigrant policies. For example, Congress could use the $5 billion requested for a border wall to instead fund a 30-percent increase in federal aid ...