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IRS needs to take EITC fraud seriously

May 19, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop them. more »»

Gray: Beyond six-pack abs: Training for the game of Life

May 19, 2014 The sleek covers of men's muscle magazines and women's glamour magazines send us the message that we should create bodies of steal that shimmer in the sun, and tighten with every move. more »»

After the war Motley marries, brings family to Alpena

May 19, 2014 In the spring of 1863 Alpena resident George Motley and his 55th Ohio had just settled in for a dinner when all of a sudden scores of birds and animals scampered out of the woods around them,... more »»

A milestone worthy of celebration

May 17, 2014 “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. more »»

Road repair funding may finally arrive

May 17, 2014 Could we at long last be reaching some consensus on funding for road repairs? A number of interesting items occurred this week in Lansing that could impact the repair of potholes around the region... more »»

The truth is we are all sinners

May 17, 2014 I am a sinner. And I was raised by sinners. That I am a sinner I've always known. I could be frightfully, stubbornly difficult. But my parents? Well, it took me a while to digest their sinfulness. more »»

Prevention, knowing when to seek help for good mental health

May 17, 2014 Good mental health is within most people's reach, according to John Eagan, LMSW, ACSW; social worker at Alpena Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Services. more »»

A way to thank those who serve our country

May 16, 2014 Can we ever say “thank you” enough? When it comes to veterans, or those serving our country in the armed services, the answer is “No” — they deserve our appreciation every minute of every day. more »»

Moon Dimple mad at Rutgers students

May 16, 2014 "People don't have respect for anybody or anything these days," my back home pal Moon Dimple grumbled. What's the matter, I said. more »»

Amash not the most-liked Republican within his party

May 16, 2014 What's up with Justin Amash? Apparently the West Michigan GOP congressman is not the most popular guy in the nation's capitol with fellow members from Michigan. more »»

Keep talking about Hillary Clinton’s health, Karl Rove

May 16, 2014 This week, Karl Rove decided to attack Hillary Clinton’s brain capacity. That is so going to work for him. Especially with women. more »»

It boils down to the end results

May 14, 2014 Almost every business that offers goods or services in the free world does some kind of market research to determine what to offer for sale. more »»

Teacher pensions need a revamp in today’s world

May 14, 2014 It’s time to remove the teacher pension albatross from around the necks of Michigan school district. more »»

Info sharing will support adoptions, foster care

May 14, 2014 A new web-based information sharing system launched in Michigan recently to streamline and improve the state’s foster care and adoption system seems like a definite step in the right direction. more »»

Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

May 14, 2014 Fair warning: this book will make you angry. “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi, is a volume of storie. more »»

Monica Lewinsky carried herself with grace in humiliation

May 14, 2014 How refreshing to hear Monica Lewinsky recount the depth of her shame. more »»

Obama’s immigration reform is in need of reforming

May 14, 2014 PARIS — As a chronic immigrant, I’m loath to support immigration policies that might make life difficult for anyone seeking to legitimately integrate into and contribute to an adoptive nation. more »»

The height of Utopianism in San Francisco waterfront debate

May 14, 2014 A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country. more »»

The six principles of the new populism’s move against establishment

May 14, 2014 We’re five years into a so-called recovery that’s been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class, which is fueling a new populism. “The game is rigged and the American people know tha. more »»

Stutzman: Enhancing the Alpena Experience

May 12, 2014 The summer of 2013 was a busy one for the Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. There were many significant events Alpena experienced for the first time. more »»



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