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Congress needs to keep Gitmo open

June 8, 2016 President Barack Obama has become so desperate to keep his pledge to close the U.S. more »»

A guide for adventuring through Alpena

June 7, 2016 In my various travels through the region to attend meetings, make presentations, and work on projects, I am always surprised at how many of us don’t know what is available in the area for outdoor... more »»

Blatant history revising by Obama administration

June 7, 2016 Not content to merely lie to the American people in the here and now, President Barack Obama’s State Department also seems prepared to distort history. During a Dec. more »»

Be prepared for long waits at airports

June 6, 2016 Travel season is upon us, and as many local residents take to the skies in coming weeks, they may, for the first time, experience the absurdly long security lines that have prompted the... more »»

Budget ramifications down the road

June 6, 2016 Pay me now or pay me a lot more later on. The guy at your local oil change shop is not the only person muttering those words of wisdom. more »»

Reminder that accidents still happen on Great Lakes

June 3, 2016 We were again reminded this week of the perils of Great Lakes shippin. more »»

Special education millage worthy of public’s support

June 3, 2016 How can you say “no” to special education? At least that’s what Superintendent Brian Wilmot and the board of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District believes since they are... more »»

A question that lacks a good answer

June 3, 2016 I often ask myself the question “why?” When I do, I often fear the answer I am going to receive is “why not?” Why would anyone take a garden ornament from the downtown planter in front of the... more »»

Hospital celebrates CPR Awareness Week

June 3, 2016 Why learn Hands-Only CPR? Because anyone can do it and it makes a difference. more »»

Bits and pieces

June 3, 2016 Last Thursday evening I was going through my daily ritual of trying to find something to make for suppe. more »»

Iraqi success could mean no more American blood spilled

June 2, 2016 Iraqi troops engaged in vicious fighting to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Fallujah are involved in more than a battle. Their success or failure will do much to define U.S. more »»

Time for Justice to quit dragging feet on Clinton

May 31, 2016 Often, it is true: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In Hillary Clinton’s case, it is a four-alarm blaze. more »»

Memories of No. 1 kiln room

May 31, 2016 Back in the day you couldn’t see the sky for all the cement dust. It permeated your exposed pores and some that weren’t; your car only came clean of it with a muriatic acid bath. more »»

A symbolic fly-over for friendship

May 29, 2016 A formation of nine foreign warplanes making low passes over Washington, D.C., normally would be cause for enormous alarm. But not the other day. more »»

Battle over senior drivers heats up

May 29, 2016 Anybody remember the old TV butter commercial: It's not nice to fool Mother Nature? While in the political game the same rule applies and the Secretary of State's office violated it big time the... more »»

Numbers at airport need to improve

May 28, 2016 The good news is that after nearly three months, last week for the first time more than a handful of people boarded the 5:30 a.m. flight out of Alpena. more »»

Millennials hold key to 2016 election

May 28, 2016 They are the digital generation. They are skeptics and risk takers who value experiences over things. more »»

Another politican not saying what he means

May 28, 2016 I would respect politicians a lot more if they just said what they mean and owned it. A good example is the transgender bathroom debate. State Se. more »»

Memory bears provide comfort to families coping with loss

May 28, 2016 Sifting through the belongings of a loved one who has recently died can be overwhelming for a grieving family member, but the Hospice of Michigan Memory Bear program can help ease the pain. more »»

More than luck was needed to put out fire

May 27, 2016 “We lucked out.” Those were the words of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest Fire Officer Mark Hansen in describing this week’s forest fire in the Devil’s Lake area of Alpena Count. more »»



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