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Monday is chance to voice opinion about one-way streets

August 13, 2016 If you have an opinion regarding one-way streets and changes to parking patterns in downtown Alpena, then your voice should probably be heard at Alpena Municipal Council’s meeting Monda. more »»

People appreciate officers in our area

August 13, 2016 Northeast Michigan is special for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact those of us who live here respect the job area law enforcement officers do to keep our homes and streets safe. more »»

Bicycles on roads

August 13, 2016 A reader asked me this week to explain some of the laws regarding bicycles on the roadway. more »»

Why lakes are always better than oceans

August 13, 2016 During my annual summer week up north, I saw a T-shirt that said "The Great Lakes — no salt, no sharks, no problems." I could have written that myself. more »»

Time for defeated candidates to remove signs

August 12, 2016 It is time for candidates who were defeated a week and a half ago in the Michigan primary to remove their election signs around the districts they were running in. more »»

Delta computer outage reminder that networks need improved security

August 11, 2016 Computer equipment went on the fritz at Delta Airlines this week. Tens of thousands of passengers and employees were affected by more than 1,000 canceled flights and 2,800 delayed takeoff. more »»

Defeating IS on battlefield is not enough

August 10, 2016 A few weeks ago, we warned that defeating terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State on the battlefield probably will mean an increase in brutal attacks by their operatives. more »»

Ratify TPP only if it’s good for America

August 8, 2016 With many Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, questioning the wisdom of a proposed 12-nation trade pact, its supporters are offering what they hope will be a persuasive argumen. more »»

2016 election looking a bit like 1964

August 8, 2016 On the rubber chicken circuit the object is to engage the audience before it gets a chance to doze off. So the opening line was, "Take out a piece of paper and a pencil. more »»

Alpena County residents need not fret about being represented

August 6, 2016 Regardless of who ultimately replaces Peter Pettalia as our next Michigan House legislator, one thing is for sure — that person won’t be from Alpena County. more »»

Some changes to get more people to vote

August 6, 2016 Nineteen percent of Michigan's registered voters turned out to the polls Tuesday. Nineteen. For you English majors like me, that's roughly one in five. more »»

Camp Good Grief helps children heal heartache

August 6, 2016 A young girl is crying, holding a photo and talking with an adult in a corner. In the same room, other children are sitting at tables and creating art projects. more »»

Decision on goose hunt right one to make

August 5, 2016 On a 3-2 vote this week Alpena Municipal Council agreed to reinstate a goose hunt within city limits this fall. more »»

Time to prioritize finding a Zika cure, vaccine

August 4, 2016 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week. more »»

Remember how police risk their lives for us

August 3, 2016 Only William Gossett knows with certainty what he would have done had police in Monaca, Pa., not arrested him outside a movie theater. more »»

Get out and vote in today’s primary

August 2, 2016 Whether you are a Republican or Democrat — or something entirely different — you have to agree that today is an important day. Primary elections are today, with polls remaining open until 8 p.. more »»

Mosby, too, needs to be held accountable

August 1, 2016 On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Md., police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. more »»

Political conventions always full of drama

August 1, 2016 If the political parties had the power they would orchestrate every nominating convention to be a coronation. more »»

Changing and experimenting with TBTA route changes makes perfect sense

July 30, 2016 New routes and stops for Alpena’s trolley system began this week. And, like the previous routes, it will take a few weeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the new system. more »»

Impressions from the Democratic convention

July 30, 2016 Come Heller high water … the Democratic convention edition * Sorry, Republicans, the Dems are kicking your tushies on this convention business. more »»



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