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Messing about in boats

September 20, 2016 There are some people, like my high school chum Ron Wagner, who are born with talent. He became a successful commercial artist. more »»

Numbers show economy isn’t recovering well

September 20, 2016 Applications for unemployment benefits were up during the first week of September. Retail sales slumped in August. Manufacturing was down in many areas of the country. more »»

Hate crimes in same vein as terrorism

September 19, 2016 As a nation, we Americans are a good, fair, compassionate people. Nearly all of our neighbors are that way. more »»

Don’t look for beer tax any time soon

September 19, 2016 If you believe the advocates who want to boost the state beer tax, the facts appear to be on their side. more »»

Entire county benefits from new defibrillators

September 17, 2016 Any time you improve safety concerns for residents, it is a good thing. Thus, we are glad to see a number of new portable compression units being placed around Alpena for emergency purposes. more »»

Pettalia truly a man for NE Michigan

September 17, 2016 Life is short. He lived it well. As I listened to those lyrics on the radio the other morning I thought they perfectly summed up the life of State Rep. Peter Pettalia. more »»

This whole pumpkin spice thing is out of hand

September 17, 2016 A female friend of mine said, "Do you know what season it is?" "Well," I replied, "since the leaves are beginning to turn and the stores are already changing over from Halloween crap to Christmas... more »»

Salvaging animals from accidents

September 17, 2016 A citizen recently asked what would happen if they struck an animal with their vehicle and killed it but it was not a deer? Would they be able to keep the animal if it was a bobcat or even a wild... more »»

Never accept pain as a natural part of aging or illness

September 17, 2016 Contrary to what many may believe, pain does not have to be part of a loved one’s natural aging process or chronic illness, and no one should experience pain at the end of life. more »»

The facts about Goodwill

September 17, 2016 Goodwill Northern Michigan believes a strong community means every member has job opportunities that pay a livable wage; safe, stable, and affordable housing; and access to wholesome, nutritious... more »»

Message is clear: Remove blinders when seeking employees

September 16, 2016 Michigan has a wealth of hidden talent available for employers to tap into. That was the message Lt. Gov. more »»

Curious about parking

September 16, 2016 There are many things that make me curious. But there is just one I want to explore today. It is a hot topic, a controversial topic. more »»

Priority needs to be rebuild US credibility

September 15, 2016 The loud yawn you may have heard Sunday came from across the Pacific Ocean, in Pyongyang, North Korea. more »»

Eliminating terror groups still a priority

September 14, 2016 It is no longer as easy as it was 15 years ago for terrorist groups to mount major assaults within the United States. more »»

Something needs to be done about North Korea’s arms buildup

September 13, 2016 There has been no indication for years that North Korea was slackening the pace of its arms buildup. Nothing the rest of the world has done in response has proven effectiv. more »»

Making choices for the future

September 13, 2016 Whenever I’m asked to support community efforts I make sure the opinion I attach my name to is mine, not one adopted from another; and whatever I am supporting appears to be the right thing to do... more »»

Congress finally questioning cost overruns at Denver VA hospital

September 12, 2016 Members of Congress finally are showing some overdue concern about another outrage at the Department of Veterans Affairs. more »»

Odds and ends out of Lansing

September 12, 2016 This week we dabble in a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Here we go again on a possible part time legislature. more »»

15 years seems like just yesterday

September 10, 2016 Fifteen years ago tomorrow. Fifteen years since that fateful day that began in New York City, continued to Washington, D.C., and played out over a field in Pennsylvania. more »»

Observe 9/11 by giving the gift of life

September 10, 2016 As we observe the 15th anniversary Sunday of the Sept. more »»



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