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Opinion

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 ...

Dealing with extremists

Editorials and columns

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Sharing personal issues with the world

Editorials and columns

Last week I shared something on my social media accounts that told a very personal story to anyone who bothered to read the post. I shared that I have struggled for many years with both an eating disorder and severe clinical depression. That’s a lot to put out there for all those eyes to ...

Who’s going to take the blame for Charlottesville?

Editorials and columns

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Finding a happy medium

Editorials and columns

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

We make our breaks: And you help

Editorials and columns

One of my teachers at Alpena High used to tell the class “You make your breaks.” It was a lesson in how luck is really when preparation meets opportunity. You could say Alpena got a lucky break this week with a third visit from the top ranked fishing show on national television. The ...

Less births means fewer students

Editorials and columns

We read with a bit of remorse last week a feature by Alpena News sports writer Jonny Zawacki that this will be the last year of traditional 11-man football at Hillman. Beginning in 2018 the school will play 8-man football, joining the ranks of similar sized schools Posen, Mio, Atlanta and ...

Dealing with the state budget deficit

Editorials and columns

Gov. Bill Milliken did it to Gov. Jim Blanchard. Mr. Blanchard did it to Gov. John Engler. Mr.Engler handed one over to Gov. Jennifer Granholm and she did the same thing when Gov. Rick Snyder came into office. Each of those former chief executives left office and sheepishly left behind a ...

For everything there is a season

Editorials and columns

The calendar says August, but the sky hints of something else. The nights grow longer, the mornings arrive later. The sun’s position in the sky seems different - the sky’s blue a richer and deeper color. The air seems less hazy. On certain days when the the wind blows in just the ...

Everyday Faith

Editorials and columns

In the Lectionary of the Roman Catholic Church, the Old Testament reading and the Gospel for this Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, highlight for us two different ways of experiencing God’s presence in our lives. In the Gospel (Matthew14:22-33), we hear of Jesus walking on the water toward the boat ...

Grocery owners set the bar high

Editorials and columns

The man. The myth. The legend. For some, the above is a lot of hype. For Hal Neiman, it was 100 percent accurate. Hal and his wife Jean took what started as a business venture back in 1983 and created a successful family enterprise. Together, husband and wife worked hard to create a ...

No better time to experience the Plaza Pool

Letters to the Editor

The Plaza Pool is located in your community and is waiting for you to use it to benefit you today. You don’t need to know how to swim, you don’t even need to get your hair wet and you don’t need to even go under the water, you just need to move your body in the water. One hour or more for ...

Appreciate the city, township leaders

Letters to the Editor

I would like to express our gratitude to both the City Council of Alpena, the Alpena Township Supervisor, and its Board of Trustees for demonstrating the courage and integrity to pass Resolutions calling on the Governor and Attorney General to decommission the Line 5 Pipeline. These Resolutions ...

Bergman has a dismissive attitude

Letters to the Editor

I appreciate the Alpena City Council members for hearing my concerns and the request for the council’s help in possibly bringing Representative Bergman to the Alpena area to meet with the citizenry at large. David and I both feel and have experienced Representative Bergman’s dismissive ...

In response to letter about AHS athletes

Letters to the Editor

Responding to Tim Storch’s July 29 letter, I’ll take a shot at answering his question, “Why were accused listed as former AHS athletes?” To begin, I question the premise of the letter, i.e., “Like many readers of the Alpena News, I’m wondering why the writer focused on the fact that ...

Time is important in Asian carp fight

Editorials and columns

A federal report released this week on Asian carp contains recommendations critical to the future of the Great Lakes. Included in the findings from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are recommendations for $275 million in technological and structural upgrades to the Brandon Road Lock and Dam ...