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Opinion

The return of the mom jeans

Editorials and columns

I see that "mom jeans" — that '90s look where the waistband of a woman's pants are up around her armpits — are back. Since I'm a guy, you probably expect me to say this is a terrible development in women's fashion, especially since they are replacing low-rise jeans. But you would be ...

Let’s wait to see if China is really changing policy

Editorials and columns

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

Observing robots help Alpena

Editorials and columns

Maybe you’re tired of hearing about robotics lately. Too bad, I’m going to write about it anyway, but from a slightly different perspective. I was involved in the FIRST Robotics competition this past weekend because of the Chamber. We played a small role in the overall event by managing ...

Assad’s chemical weapons attack deserves a response

Editorials and columns

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

Living in our own reality

Editorials and columns

A few weeks ago while at my parents' house for dinner, my kids were watching a TV show. My son came out and asked me to fix the show because it stopped working. I went to see what the problem was and couldn’t help but laugh. A commercial was on. The show “stopped working” because it ...

Part-time legislature drive a bust

Editorials and columns

That huge collective sigh of relief you just heard bursting out of the capitol dome is the realization that the effort to create a part-time legislature is a total bust. Woo. That was close. Well actually it was not even close. Had you put pen to paper last May when Lt. Gov. Brian ...

We’re over it, bring on spring

Editorials and columns

Everywhere you went this week the conversation was but one thing — the weather. While snow of this week’s proportion is never wished for, it certainly is not unusual for Northeast Michigan. In 2003 the region received 17.8 inches of snow over a two-day period, and during the entire month ...

Hats off to TBJH staff, students for talent show

Letters to the Editor

We have lots of news about negative things so I want to share a positive. I was invited to the Thunder Bay Junior High talent show last week and am so delighted that I went. First of all, hats off to all the kids who performed. They were all great. Just to be able to give their best in front ...

Tariffs hitting newspaper industry

Editorials and columns

“Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel” is a phrase many have heard. Along with those ink purchases also comes large rolls of newsprint tonnage — after all those are the two key ingredients of reading your newspaper each morning. It is that newsprint which has publishers ...

Don’t hurt anyone, especially our children

Letters to the Editor

This is not a “Letter to the Editor,” or to any of the good people who read the Alpena News. Rather, it is a letter aimed at all those people who would be customers of human traffickers. Human trafficking is a relatively polite term that is nothing less than slavery, torture, forced ...

Great time for learning in our schools

Editorials and columns

Forty teams of students are in town for the FIRST Robotics district competition this weekend at Alpena High School. The teams, including several from Northeast Michigan, began arriving Thursday and had practice on Thursday evening. The competition got under way Friday and concludes today. The ...

Full investigation needed into Trump actions

Letters to the Editor

We need a full investigation, including Trump testifying under oath. The list of survivors includes Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" in 2005. She accused Trump of kissing her against her will in New York in 2007 and later groping her at a Beverly Hills hotel after she ...

World is in need of more love for everyone

Letters to the Editor

Do you love Jesus? For the world must be at war otherwise. Is it too simple to love each other as commanded? The Lord says “come to me.” Holy Week and Easter services are the most emotionally charged events of our Christian lives. We have seen the love our dear Savior has ...

We need to be more humane, morally sound

Letters to the Editor

When should the law bend to a higher moral authority? Was it in the 1960s when blacks were beaten and arrested for sitting at an all-white lunch counter when that was against the law? Is it now, when Attorney General Sessions and other Republicans call for defunding cities that provide ...

Unique experience awaits at Bots on the Bay this week

Editorials and columns

Welcome parents and students to Alpena and Bots on the Bay — the district competition in Alpena for FIRST Robotics. Over 1,000 participants and their families are expected to be in attendance today and Saturday for intense competition involving industrial design, mechanical engineering, ...

Address the root cause of gun issue, the user

Letters to the Editor

"The March.” Exercising one of your Constitutional Rights? A sign caught my eye, “21st Century Weapons 18th Century Laws.” It appears the un-thinking follower carrying that sign doesn't realize, the founders positively knew firearms and weapons would evolve. The weapons our founders had ...

Glad Rep. Bergman stayed true to his word

Letters to the Editor

Often in our society we focus on the negative things that politicians and public figures do. This isn’t entirely unfair since they did sign up for a job in the spotlight, however, I think it’s important that we give credit where credit is due. Jack Bergman is a retired Three Star General ...