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Abuse of taxpayers is unacceptable

August 11, 2014 Perhaps the best friends Americans have in government are the inspectors general who act as watchdogs to root out waste and sometimes, crime by politicians and bureaucrats. more »»

Tread slowly when it comes to waterfront development

August 9, 2014 Hats off to Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Jim Klarich for all the hard work he does. more »»

Toledo teaches us to view water as precious

August 9, 2014 All of us have followed the water woes of Toledo and Lake Erie’s algae bloom problem closely this wee. more »»

Voters show community spirit at the ballot box

August 8, 2014 Humanitarian Millard Fuller knew what makes a strong community. more »»

Finally a little peace and quiet

August 7, 2014 For some of us, this is the third day of sweet peace and quiet after weeks of incessant political robocalls. For those unlucky enough to be targeted by multiple campaigns, the calls seemed nonstop. more »»

What’s the contingency plan Obama?

August 6, 2014 Given President Barack Obama’s record, it is unlikely he has a contingency plan in place to deal with a potential disaster involving Ukraine — success by that nation in battling Russian-backed... more »»

Each of us influences the national economy

August 6, 2014 There really are only three aspects to economic output: Raw materials, labor and capital. These three items are the basis of all output but they do not constitute the entire basis for an economy. more »»

House causes confusion on Medicare issues

August 5, 2014 Many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own... more »»

Support future leaders at the county fair

August 5, 2014 As a young girl growing up on a farm it was a given that you didn’t quit until the work was done or the flashlight batteries died. Everyone played a part in the operation of the farm. more »»

Getting rid of the problem is first step for VA

August 4, 2014 In the private sector, the penalty for not performing sometimes is losing one’s job. Lying about it is an almost certain route to a pink slip. more »»

Stand up, take action, vote

August 2, 2014 The message is simple: Vote. Tuesday registered voters across Michigan will have the opportunity to participate in democracy. more »»

A lot for voters to consider on Tuesday

August 2, 2014 “If the economy is getting better, I’m not sure for whom,” Douglas Hunter, a resident of Chicago, told an Associated Press reporter this week.“It certainly hasn’t trickled down to me. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

August 2, 2014 What is your county commissioner district? Q. A reader says that it's confusing trying to figure out which county commissioner district she lives in. more »»

A young mom battles depression with fitness

August 2, 2014 Katelyn Carr, 23 years old from Alpena, overhauled her physical and mental health and redefined her future when she took her nutrition and fitness seriously during a scary time in her life. more »»

A lasting joy

August 2, 2014 Earlier this week at a Bible study over at Cabin Creek Coffee, we were talking about Psalm 126. more »»

ARMC baord takes proactive approach

August 1, 2014 Responsibility goes hand-in-hand with strong leadership. more »»

Wrong question is being asked

July 30, 2014 So let’s get this straight. You and I and everyone else in this world, including the Mafia, can’t just go out and purchase ground to air missles. more »»

Congress needs to demand results with money for VA

July 30, 2014 A proposal leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives hope will provide better service to veterans in need of medical care was finalized during the weeken. more »»

Motley’s Civil War stint begins with Ohio 55th

July 30, 2014 Alpena fisherman George Motley’s family immigrated to the United States in the 1840s. The family left the agricultural village of Donington, Lincolnshire, England, and settled in central Ohio. more »»

Get your head in the game

July 29, 2014 Golf has the ability to frustrate or invigorate more people than any other activity I’ve seen. more »»



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