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The growing pains of becoming Alpena

September 3, 2015 Immigration is one of the buzz words in the presidential campaign and a favorite topic of political cartoonists these days. Everyone in America comes from immigrant stock. Even U.S. more »»

Obama uses name calling as diversion tactic

September 2, 2015 Liberals learned half a century ago that a very effective way of stifling dissenters is to claim they are war mongers. more »»

Congress needs to look at how young illegals are victimized

September 1, 2015 Arodolo Roberto Castillo-Serrano should be sent to a U.S. prison for a long, long time. more »»

The stakes are high in preventing bullying in school

August 31, 2015 The enormous harm bullying can do to the children who are targets is bad enough. But the “collateral damage” can be much, much wors. more »»

Refinery back in service is good news for gas prices

August 29, 2015 Gas prices dropped dramatically this week, thank goodness, as BP’s Whiting Refinery in Indiana went back into service. On Aug. more »»

Two reminders of nature’s power

August 29, 2015 Recently I rode my bike on the Alpena breakwall as the waves crashed against the rocks below and, in some instances, broke with such force they sprayed the breakwall with walls of wate. more »»

A lot riding on ARMC board decision

August 28, 2015 And then there were two. The public learned this week that in the courtship between Alpena Regional Medical Center and a potential new management group, the suitors have been narrowed to two. more »»

House bolts before road deal done

August 28, 2015 Close but no cigar. more »»

Easy to see Obama’s view on energy

August 27, 2015 And now, for a tale of two energy projects: In 2010, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the United States was proposed. more »»

Markets create a worldwide mess

August 26, 2015 A 53-year-old friend wrote me an e-mail asking if I thought the Federal Reserve Board would raise interest rates in the next three weeks. more »»

HUD the definition of lazy bureaucracy

August 26, 2015 Perhaps you have done well during the past few years. When you got married, you and your spouse didn’t have two dimes to rub together. more »»

Kayla Mueller: Protector, helper and hero during capture

August 24, 2015 American Kayla Mueller went to the Middle East because she wanted to help people. As a result, she was captured by Islamic State terrorist. more »»

Rogers City Schools make a great hire

August 22, 2015 The Rogers City School board earlier this month made a great hire with Lee Sandy as their interim superintendent. more »»

Thank a firefighter for their service above self

August 22, 2015 Say a prayer for a firefighter. more »»

Is your life fit for a bucket list?

August 22, 2015 Five years ago, Peggy Kruczynski's life consisted mainly of going to work at HPC Credit Union and sitting on the couch. She ate a lot of fast food and never exercised. more »»

It’s about time

August 22, 2015 "But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, 'You are my God. My times are in your hands.'" Psalm 31:14-15a The trouble with summer is that it goes so quickly. In early June its possibilities seem endless. more »»

When is it best to start school?

August 21, 2015 It seems every year around this time debate over the start of school in Michigan occurs. However, with this year’s Labor Day coming Sept. more »»

Allies will distrust American government

August 20, 2015 President Barack Obama seems to be counting his chickens even if they are unlikely to hatch. In the process, he is giving America’s allies one more reason to distrust us. more »»

Doubting Hillary Clinton can hold on, hold out

August 19, 2015 Rumors last week that former Vice President Al Gore was considering another run for the White House said something about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy - and it was not good. more »»

Remembering the glory days in the West End

August 19, 2015 Mike’s Hardware recently closed. I always was treated well there while shopping for important and, otherwise unfindable, things that were crucial to me. more »»



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