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The EpiPen dilemma: Make it more affordable

August 29, 2016 Mylan Pharmaceuticals deserves every bit of the bad press it is getting for taking advantage of the nation’s health care system to reap enormous profits by overpricing a life-saving device. more »»

A local US Customs agent is important to our region

August 27, 2016 Northeast Michigan must have a U.S. Customs agent located here. more »»

Region needs more skilled workers

August 27, 2016 The good news is more than 475,000 jobs have been created in Michigan since December of 2010. The bad news is we need more skilled workers in Northeast Michigan to fill several more job openings. more »»

The marine sanctuary is a model to emulate

August 26, 2016 Do you remember all the opposition to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s designation back in the late 90’s? This week U.S. Sen. more »»

Louisiana not the only flood ravaged state

August 25, 2016 Federal disaster relief agencies seem focused on devastating flooding in Louisiana, and that certainly is appropriate. more »»

Registration plates on the front of vehicles

August 25, 2016 Recently a reader asked what the requirements were in regards to having license plates on your vehicles. more »»

Americans can be proud and shamed by others

August 24, 2016 Americans had every reason to puff out our chests in pride at how our athletes performed during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. more »»

Unacceptable violation of our rights

August 23, 2016 Many, probably most, Americans agree government ought to stay out of our bedrooms. That is a reference to laws attempting to regulate private behavior including sex. more »»

Never knew a better man than Bill

August 23, 2016 I was working at the Firestone foundry in Trenton, Mich., making truck tire rims at piece work wages when I got the call. If I could get to the Seafarer’s Union hall in Alpena by 8 a.m. more »»

What’s the point of peacekeeping forces?

August 22, 2016 When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations’ peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn’t it? More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the... more »»

State DEQ director faces the media

August 22, 2016 She walked into the room looking just a tad tentative about the impending encounter. You'd feel the same way too if talking to the news media was not one of your favorite things to do. more »»

Split votes good to have and help create discussion

August 20, 2016 Are split votes by a public body a bad thing? Do they show a division of philosophy on where a government is headed? Hardly. more »»

Schultz’s story is a hometown success

August 20, 2016 Thomas Edison had Menlo Park. Henry Ford had Detroit. And Dennis Schultz has Alpen. more »»

Grammar Phantom rides again

August 20, 2016 (Please note the intentional grammatical errors left in for effect ... more »»

It’s time to end straight party voting in Mich.

August 19, 2016 As the courts continue to wrestle over the issue of being able to cast a straight party vote in Michigan, for what it’s worth we are an opponent of straight party votin. more »»

Blockheads display community pride

August 19, 2016 The Thunder Bay Blockheads, a local independent youth travel baseball organization, takes pride in our community and our ball players. more »»

Back after making run for state rep

August 18, 2016 I’m back! Maybe you haven’t even noticed that I was gone from writing a column for several months. more »»

Obama’s budget stewardship not worth bragging about

August 17, 2016 President Barack Obama brags his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Why, spending deficits are going down, he proclaims. Wrong. more »»

Connecting with our dark skies

August 16, 2016 Two weeks ago I ventured out to Rockport State Recreation Area for a free Twilight Yoga class. It began as the sun was sinking low in the sk. more »»

Obamacare far more costly than we were led to believe

August 16, 2016 Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. more »»



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