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Road repair funding may finally arrive

May 17, 2014 Could we at long last be reaching some consensus on funding for road repairs? A number of interesting items occurred this week in Lansing that could impact the repair of potholes around the region... more »»

The truth is we are all sinners

May 17, 2014 I am a sinner. And I was raised by sinners. That I am a sinner I've always known. I could be frightfully, stubbornly difficult. But my parents? Well, it took me a while to digest their sinfulness. more »»

Prevention, knowing when to seek help for good mental health

May 17, 2014 Good mental health is within most people's reach, according to John Eagan, LMSW, ACSW; social worker at Alpena Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Services. more »»

A way to thank those who serve our country

May 16, 2014 Can we ever say “thank you” enough? When it comes to veterans, or those serving our country in the armed services, the answer is “No” — they deserve our appreciation every minute of every day. more »»

Moon Dimple mad at Rutgers students

May 16, 2014 "People don't have respect for anybody or anything these days," my back home pal Moon Dimple grumbled. What's the matter, I said. more »»

Amash not the most-liked Republican within his party

May 16, 2014 What's up with Justin Amash? Apparently the West Michigan GOP congressman is not the most popular guy in the nation's capitol with fellow members from Michigan. more »»

Keep talking about Hillary Clinton’s health, Karl Rove

May 16, 2014 This week, Karl Rove decided to attack Hillary Clinton’s brain capacity. That is so going to work for him. Especially with women. more »»

It boils down to the end results

May 14, 2014 Almost every business that offers goods or services in the free world does some kind of market research to determine what to offer for sale. more »»

Teacher pensions need a revamp in today’s world

May 14, 2014 It’s time to remove the teacher pension albatross from around the necks of Michigan school district. more »»

Info sharing will support adoptions, foster care

May 14, 2014 A new web-based information sharing system launched in Michigan recently to streamline and improve the state’s foster care and adoption system seems like a definite step in the right direction. more »»

Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

May 14, 2014 Fair warning: this book will make you angry. “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi, is a volume of storie. more »»

Monica Lewinsky carried herself with grace in humiliation

May 14, 2014 How refreshing to hear Monica Lewinsky recount the depth of her shame. more »»

Obama’s immigration reform is in need of reforming

May 14, 2014 PARIS — As a chronic immigrant, I’m loath to support immigration policies that might make life difficult for anyone seeking to legitimately integrate into and contribute to an adoptive nation. more »»

The height of Utopianism in San Francisco waterfront debate

May 14, 2014 A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country. more »»

The six principles of the new populism’s move against establishment

May 14, 2014 We’re five years into a so-called recovery that’s been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class, which is fueling a new populism. “The game is rigged and the American people know tha. more »»

Stutzman: Enhancing the Alpena Experience

May 12, 2014 The summer of 2013 was a busy one for the Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. There were many significant events Alpena experienced for the first time. more »»

Editorial: May a perfect month to become more active

May 11, 2014 After a much-too-long winter and belated start to warmer weather, we finally have what is beginning to resemble spring, and just in time. more »»

What’s your opinion on city department head raises?

May 9, 2014 Alpena taxpayers learned this week that included in the proposed new fiscal year budget are 1.5 percent pay raises for city department heads. more »»

Speer: Teachers make a difference in our lives

May 9, 2014 Today, stop for a minute and reflect upon a teacher who has made a difference in your life. For me, it would have to be my third grade teacher, Mrs. Stahl. Most students feared Mrs. Stahl. more »»

Other Viewpoint

May 8, 2014 Quite probably the minds who came up with paying public retirees a “bonus” pension check when investments were performing well had good intentions. more »»



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