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May 6, 2014 Institutionalized bigotry was abolished years ago in the United States. Yet, as we are reminded regularly, some Americans' hearts still are closed to the idea of equality. more »»

In drought, fortunes are made and California is thirsty

May 6, 2014 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This summer, even drinking water may be hard to find in some central California towns. This region is in its third year of drought, among the worst in recorded history. more »»

Obama blows off deals with GOP, creating era of bad feeling

May 6, 2014 Second-term presidencies are an opportunity for bipartisan compromise. The institutional stars are in alignment to address long-range problems not amenable in other circumstances. more »»

Krawczak: Don’t lose sight of what you have in common

May 5, 2014 There are some things that other people do that really irritate me. Like when someone stops their grocery cart in the middle of the aisle, oblivious that there might be people trying to get by. more »»

Editorial: Foster parents offer much-needed stability for kids

May 2, 2014 We wish there was no need for foster parents in the world today. But this isn’t utopia, and the stark reality is children aren’t born into this world accompanied by training manuals. more »»

Speer: Balancing environment, energy growth

May 2, 2014 Was I experiencing a classic segment of the “Twilight Zone” as I pulled into the motel parking lot last week? How else would you explain a parking lot filled with pickup after pickup, most crusted i... more »»

Murch: Here comes the rain again ... and again

May 2, 2014 During the winter, the most-often heard refrain was the worn out, but tried and true, “Is it cold enough for you?” It's an annoying question because it seems like the person asking it hasn't nothin... more »»

Editorial: Tax revenue news more like glass half full than half empty

May 1, 2014 Which do you want first, the good or bad news? The bad news is Alpena County officials are looking at a loss of $59,460 in tax revenue. more »»

Fletcher: A perfectly imperfect process

April 29, 2014 “Democracy is direct self-government over all the people, for all the people, by all the people. more »»

Stutzman: Using social media to help Alpena grow

April 28, 2014 Did you know Alpena had a visitor last summer that came to our town after seeing a picture of the community posted on Instagram? We live in a very different world today than we did 10 or even fiv... more »»

Editorial: Keep the focus on the road ahead

April 25, 2014 By now nearly all of the snowbirds have returned from their winter residences, the weather has changed enough to bring out walkers and bikers, and residents are outside more often, especially kids. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

April 25, 2014 Q. A reader asks, "Can you explain why so many evergreens in people's yards in Alpena are brown now that the snow is gone?" A. more »»

Every contribution makes a difference

April 25, 2014 I have a friend who is an advocate for defenseless animals and contributes her time, talents and financial resources to the local Humane Society, which speaks volumes about her passion. more »»

Editorial: New trees will make Starlite even more appealing

April 24, 2014 Hats off to the city and The Home Depot, as this afternoon 12 trees will be planted at Starlite Beach along the walkways and near the play structure. more »»

Fletcher: US needs to change tax structure

April 22, 2014 There are two main methods of regulating money and interest rates — monetary policy and fiscal policy. Each performs a specific role in helping shape our country’s economy. more »»

Krawczak: I’m OK with being a cheerleader

April 21, 2014 Cheerleading has been around for more than 30 years. According to both and, cheerleading has strong ties to American football. more »»

Speer: It has to come down to the class size

April 18, 2014 “Class size” has been an educational buzz word for decades now. more »»

Editorial: HUNT helps keep NE Michigan safe

April 18, 2014 Unfortunately, illegal drugs remain a dark side to the world in which we live. And, Northeast Michigan is not immune to that world. more »»

Fletcher: The effects of minimum wage

April 15, 2014 A quick study of the effect of government setting a minimum wage is a great way to study the effect of barriers to work and artificial pricing as opposed to market equilibrium price points. more »»



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