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Free tuition is nice idea but not practical

January 24, 2015 How often have we heard “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” When it comes to President Barack Obama’s proposed free education for community colleges, it probably is. more »»

Most often it is action that speaks louder than words

January 24, 2015 I always know we as a newspaper are remaining objective in our news reporting if two complaint calls come in after a story - one from each side of the issue. more »»

Living healthy is living brave

January 24, 2015 Fast food addiction. Binge eating. Smoking. Multiple Sclerosis. Cystic Fibrosis. Cancer. Obesity. Postpartum depression. Pain killers. Medication. Surgery. Death of loved one. more »»

Questions Anyone?

January 24, 2015 Musky Stocking Q. Reader Steve Tretinik asks, "What kind of musky is the DNR planting in the Thunder Bay River and why is the DNR planting more musky when they are already in the river?" A. more »»

Snyder calls for renewed debate on state's discrimination policy

January 24, 2015 It was only a brief mention, but during his State of the State address Tuesday in Lansing, Republican Gov. more »»

Film Festival benefits region

January 23, 2015 Lights, Camera, Action! The silver screen has arrived in Northeast Michigan already this week, and will continue today through Sunday at the Second Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival. more »»

Great ideas gone awry

January 22, 2015 Among the best ideas adopted in West Virginia during the past several years was state Sen. Jeff Kessler’s Future Fund. more »»

The journey to eliminate race as a factor still ongoing

January 21, 2015 During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. more »»

The effects of current gas prices

January 21, 2015 Editor Bill Speer and I have a verbal contract concerning this column. He doesn’t pay me nor control anything I writ. more »»

Pipeline opposition should recall 1973 Arab oil embargo

January 20, 2015 An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil... more »»

Administration failed by not going to Paris

January 19, 2015 By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris last weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1. more »»

Strong economy brings strange result — unhealthy budget

January 17, 2015 It’s looking as if this could be a “rocky” year for Michigan taxpayers. Ironically, a potential shortfall in tax money for the state would be caused by a robust and vibrant state economy. more »»

Price of gas impacts almost everything

January 17, 2015 Is the current price of gasoline a blessing or a curse? The answer to that is somewhat akin to which came first, the chicken or the egg? It is times like this where I wish I could quickly ask Alpena... more »»

Do we care enough about history any more?

January 17, 2015 How important is history to today's society? I love history and view as an important part of what drives us forward because we learn so much from both successes and failures. more »»

Gynecologists recommends regular testing to detect cervical cancer

January 17, 2015 For many women the annual pelvic exam and Pap smear have been a routine part of their health maintenance and prevention of cervical cancer. more »»

More to learn, experience about Jesus

January 17, 2015 Last weekend I took our twins outdoors for an afternoon of sledding. Quite honestly, it's been years since I have been to Norway Ridge trails off Werth Road. more »»

A number we thought we’d never see again

January 16, 2015 Finally, it has arrived. Tuesday gas prices in Alpena dipped below the $2 a gallon mark, ranging in price around the city from $1.97 to $1.99. more »»

A more efficient government

January 14, 2015 This column is all about structure as in systems design and economics. more »»

Finding the perfect running shoes

January 13, 2015 I have been running for many years. I don’t necessarily enjoy the running itself, but I really enjoy the way I feel after, and the challenges I can give myself during a ru. more »»

Obama ignoring the results of November elections

January 13, 2015 American voters sent a clear message last fall. Apparently, President Barack Obama wasn’t paying attentio. more »»

Evaluate, not dismiss, reaction to Ebola

January 12, 2015 Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. more »»



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January 14, 2015 There's always a debate this time of year here at The Alpena News among some of our staff members. more »

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