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Zimbabwe authorities have to shoulder some of the hunting blame

August 5, 2015 Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kin. more »»

4-H provides everlasting lessons

August 4, 2015 Until I was 18 years old, this time of year was filled with hectic preparations for the Alpena County Fair. My brother and I tended to various animal projects throughout the year. more »»

Kasich’s ideas are preferable to Obama’s

August 4, 2015 Part of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign for president has involved outlining his foreign policy philosopy. more »»

Our service men and women cannot carry guns — say, what?

August 3, 2015 It is impossible to say how many members of the armed services would have survived attacks on them during the past few years had they been, well, armed. more »»

Understand both sides of immunization of children

August 1, 2015 Now that August has arrived it means the start of school draws nearer and nearer. And, it also means that National Immunization Awareness Month has begun. more »»

A man who defined strong character

August 1, 2015 “His business may have defined him, but his family consumed him.” Those were the words of Dick Crittenden in a newspaper story Friday describing his father Bruce, or “Red” as everyone knew him. more »»

Specialist discusses symptoms, treatment of cataracts

August 1, 2015 When you hear the word “cataracts,” most people immediately think of their eyes. However, the majority of people can’t explain exactly what a cataract is and how it affects your visio. more »»

Use extra caution with campfires, grills

July 31, 2015 With the recent string of hot and humid days across the region, fire danger is at a dangerous level according to officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. more »»

Nearly four years and counting

July 31, 2015 They called the Michigan House to order last Tuesday. There was order in the House all right but only a handful of lawmakers bothered to show up. more »»

Time to put better safeguards in place to protect endangered animals

July 30, 2015 An ongoing environmental disaster has not received appropriate attention from world leaders, including both Republican and Democrat presidents and members of Congress in the United State. more »»

Continuing to hand out praise

July 29, 2015 Last week I began a two-week series in my column about all the economic “positives” that can be found around the region. This week that positive thinking continues. more »»

War isn’t only outcome if Iran deal is rejected

July 29, 2015 White House political aides are doing an excellent job of fear-mongering to convince members of Congress to support the proposed nuclear arms deal with Ira. more »»

I just want to know why

July 28, 2015 I don’t have kids but it seems to me that children go through what I call the “why” phase. They want to know why regarding everything. more »»

Gov’t shouldn’t view housing concerns as reason to intervene

July 28, 2015 As so often is the case, good news about the economy is being reacted to by some economists and politicians who fear it will not last. more »»

NY minimum wage increase will wind up hurting, not helping

July 27, 2015 It is likely that soon, thousands of fast-food restaurant workers in New York will have a personal understanding of the warning, “Be careful what you wish for. You may get i. more »»

Lawmakers’ attention helps shine light on NE Michigan

July 25, 2015 For years many Northeast Michigan residents seem to have gone through life with a chip on their shoulder. more »»

Food programs serving kids properly

July 25, 2015 “...You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

July 25, 2015 Posts along bi-path ?? Q. more »»

The ‘real’ quick fix: Daily habits

July 25, 2015 At a darker time in her life, Rachel Savage, 32 of Alpena, battled depression, anxiety and frequent headaches. She simply never felt well and had a lot of daily aches and pains. more »»

God comes with us

July 25, 2015 This year’s family vacation was epic. In a grand, The Kids Are Leaving The Nest Soon gesture, we decided to fly to Portland, Ore., to see some of my relatives and then spend two weeks driving hom. more »»



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