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Shipping season latest sign of spring

March 28, 2015 Thunder Bay is in that transition stage right now where, depending on the direction of the wind and the temperature outside, one day readers might find ice covering the bay, the next there is open... more »»

Benishek does about-face on voters

March 28, 2015 Is it time to return to the farm? Apparently U.S. Rep. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

March 28, 2015 Coal gas in Alpena Q. Reader Leonard Dietz asks, "What is the history of coal gas for fuel in Alpena?" A. more »»

ARMC offers new fresh start to quit smoking

March 28, 2015 Smoking is a major cause of cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, emphysema, and stroke. These serious illnesses greatly reduce an individual’s well being and longevity. more »»

“Come and journey with me…”

March 28, 2015 Our Lenten Season is quickly drawing to a close. This Sunday, “Palm Sunday” we remember our Blessed Lord’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem and then we walk the road to Calvary. more »»

Drone bills involve hunters

March 27, 2015 Imagine a crisp autumn day in November as you wait in your blind scanning the woods in front of you. more »»

Obama doesn’t attempt to hide his contempt for Netanyahu

March 26, 2015 U.S. officials often intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, usually while insisting no such thing is happening. Often, such activities are aimed at undermining unfriendly government. more »»

Limits on spending? Not likely

March 25, 2015 Republicans in Congress are being criticized by liberals for a budget proposal that makes relatively modest cuts in federal spending. more »»

History tells us raising interest rates too quickly could be disastrous

March 25, 2015 Don’t expect interest rates to rise too rapidly. more »»

No point in holding a grudge

March 24, 2015 About one year after I had started in my current role, someone did something to me that was quite cruel. It was deliberate, hurtful, and unprofessiona. more »»

Farmers newest target of EPA

March 24, 2015 Farmers are in the Environmental Protection Agency’s crosshairs now, joining coal miners and tens of millions of consumers of reasonably priced electricity. more »»

White House doesn’t show much transparency

March 23, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

Church closings will be difficult for parisioners

March 21, 2015 Change never comes easy, but a change that will impact over 2,000 families in the Alpena area will be especially hard for the parishioners at four community Catholic churches. more »»

Pettalia a champion for transparency

March 21, 2015 State Rep. Peter Pettalia “gets it.” Pettalia, a Republican representative from Presque Isle, understands the importance of government transparency. more »»

Excuses will not make you healthier

March 21, 2015 Holly Tews spent the first 30 years of her life in survival mode. She was just trying to make it through each day. At 17-years-old she was a high school dropout with a child. more »»

Sludge findings leave city with unresolved issue

March 20, 2015 We were underwhelmed with the findings made public this week regarding the beach sludge that often can be found in Alpena. more »»

Snyder doesn’t always see eye-to-eye

March 20, 2015 The relationship between a governor and the legislature is often rocky. So rocky that former Gov. more »»

The value of continuing to work

March 18, 2015 I’ve reached that age where the government requires me to start taking benefits from my pension, 401(k), 403(b), and IR. more »»

Cut the cable and doing fine

March 17, 2015 We haven’t had cable TV at our house in about four years. A fact my dad thinks is hilarious considering I spent most of my childhood begging for cable TV. more »»

Lack of emails shows lack of transparency

March 17, 2015 Most Americans are not old enough to remember the ongoing, intense controversy over what happened to 18 1/2 minutes of tapes secretly recorded in then-President Richard Nixon’s office in 1972. more »»

Clinton unwilling to be completely transparent

March 16, 2015 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is running for president whether she will admit it or not, is telling voters that on matters of importance to every American, we will have to trust her. more »»



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A maddening love affair

March 19, 2015 Like most college basketball fans, I have a love-hate relationship with the NCAA tournament. I love the games, I love the tourney, the madness, etc. more »

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