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Community development spaghetti

March 1, 2016 Development of a community is like a three-pronged fork used to eat spaghetti. You stick the fork into a community and churn it up and pull out some sort of new development. more »»

CENTCOM, Clinton have something in common

March 1, 2016 Dozens of military intelligence analysts complained last year they were pressured to alter reports to make it look as if U.. more »»

US needs to provide better support to allies

February 29, 2016 If as many as 200 U.S. troops were killed in a terrorist attack, Americans would demand to know how it could have happened. more »»

Detroit schools to be election year issue

February 29, 2016 It was clearly one of this legislature's finest hours as a bi-partisan coalition joined hands with the GOP governor to craft the Grand Bargain to save the City of Detroit. more »»

Battle to eradicate bovine TB continues after more than 20 years

February 27, 2016 As was noted in a story on the front page of today’s paper, it was 18 years ago this month that Bob Bender was appointed as the first bovine tuberculosis eradication coordinator. more »»

A Yooper’s guide to driving in snow

February 27, 2016 In light of this week's snowstorm, I have decided to perform a public service about how to drive in the snow. From all the cars in the ditch, it's clearly neede. more »»

ARMC urges everyone to savor the flavor of eating right

February 27, 2016 How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. more »»

Don’t plan for the present, think long term

February 26, 2016 We can’t always live for today — we must at some point begin preparing for the future. It’s just like navigation, we know where we came from, where we are today and where we are probably going. more »»

Obama trying to leave his mark in history books

February 26, 2016 Americans have to endure less than a year more of Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, but he seems determined to make the time pass painfully. more »»

Don’t keep Ebola funding, use it for Zika

February 25, 2016 How worried are you about the Ebola virus? You remember, Ebola — the disease that was in the headlines in 2014. How about the Zika virus? Yes, the one making news now. more »»

Encryption issue not one to take lightly

February 24, 2016 Justice Department lawyers insist gaining access to information on a cellphone used by a dead terrorist is a critical matter of national security. But Apple Inc. more »»

Mr. Besser’s commencement address

February 23, 2016 When I was 14 years old I had my picture taken with Mr. Besser. It didn't matter how old I was or how old you were, Mr. Besser was always Mr. Besse. more »»

Nothing has changed for human rights on Cuba

February 23, 2016 President Barack Obama has said that when he visits Cuba in March, he will discuss human rights abuses by that brutal regime. more »»

Washington’s social engineers at it again

February 22, 2016 The federal government’s social engineers never seem to learn. Time and time again their mandates issued in the name of consumerism make life tougher, not better. They’re back. more »»

House gives challenge to state Senate

February 22, 2016 You don't have to live in this town's culture for very long to observe there is a natural and sometimes negative tension between the state Senate and the state Hous. more »»

Hate crimes work both ways

February 20, 2016 Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as “hate crimes” by federal officials. more »»

Commercial is nothing like airlines I fly

February 20, 2016 February is the worst month. I'm sick of winter. Spring seems an eternity away. Everything puts me in a bad mood. Especially TV commercials. I don't know why. They just do. more »»

What you gain through fitness is what counts most

February 20, 2016 How much have you gained? What if we all agree to flip the question? Instead of asking our friends how much weight they have lost on their diet or exercise program, let's ask each other how much... more »»


February 20, 2016 It's dangerous to be confrontational. You may say something no one wants to hear. The season of Lent is a focused time of repentance in the Church. Soul-searching. Personal inventory. Cleansing. more »»

Job well done with Plaza Pool fundraising

February 19, 2016 Although word broke a few weeks ago, it became official Wednesday when Friends of the Plaza Pool told the Alpena County Finance Committee it had raised enough money to keep the pool open during... more »»



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