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Dope, employment do not mix

August 19, 2014 I’ve attended a number of meetings recently that focused on local economic growth that included educators and employers. more »»

News about Iraq sounds familiar

August 18, 2014 To Americans of a certain age, the news out of Washington may sound disturbingly similar to reports from more than a half-century ago. more »»

Relay for Life part of fight in battle to cure cancer

August 16, 2014 The Alpena County Relay for Life begins this morning in a new location. more »»

Fly & Remember: Celebrating the lives of those we’ve lost

August 16, 2014 Even though Judy Fleming’s father died three years ago, she takes comfort knowing he lived a good life and died a peaceful death in his home with family around him. more »»

Hotels will help Alpena economy continue to grow

August 15, 2014 For the second time in two weeks it was announced a new hotel will be coming to Alpena. more »»

Iraqis need help to mount ground attacks

August 14, 2014 Islamic State terrorists poised to conquer Iraq will suffer from U.S. airstrikes — but that will not be enough to defeat them. Only attacks on the ground can do that. more »»

Let’s have a ribbon cutting

August 12, 2014 Ribbon cutting ceremonies are just one of the many activities that the Alpena Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are responsible for. more »»

Great Lakes restoration bill gets Senate hearing

August 12, 2014 In July, the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act, which I introduced along... more »»

More security steps may be needed at airports

August 12, 2014 Perhaps it is time federal airport security screeners are told to do more “profiling” of a sort. A week ago, a San Francisco woman managed to sneak aboard an airliner in San Jose, Calif. more »»

Abuse of taxpayers is unacceptable

August 11, 2014 Perhaps the best friends Americans have in government are the inspectors general who act as watchdogs to root out waste and sometimes, crime by politicians and bureaucrats. more »»

Tread slowly when it comes to waterfront development

August 9, 2014 Hats off to Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Jim Klarich for all the hard work he does. more »»

Toledo teaches us to view water as precious

August 9, 2014 All of us have followed the water woes of Toledo and Lake Erie’s algae bloom problem closely this wee. more »»

Voters show community spirit at the ballot box

August 8, 2014 Humanitarian Millard Fuller knew what makes a strong community. more »»

Finally a little peace and quiet

August 7, 2014 For some of us, this is the third day of sweet peace and quiet after weeks of incessant political robocalls. For those unlucky enough to be targeted by multiple campaigns, the calls seemed nonstop. more »»

What’s the contingency plan Obama?

August 6, 2014 Given President Barack Obama’s record, it is unlikely he has a contingency plan in place to deal with a potential disaster involving Ukraine — success by that nation in battling Russian-backed... more »»

Each of us influences the national economy

August 6, 2014 There really are only three aspects to economic output: Raw materials, labor and capital. These three items are the basis of all output but they do not constitute the entire basis for an economy. more »»

House causes confusion on Medicare issues

August 5, 2014 Many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own... more »»

Support future leaders at the county fair

August 5, 2014 As a young girl growing up on a farm it was a given that you didn’t quit until the work was done or the flashlight batteries died. Everyone played a part in the operation of the farm. more »»

Getting rid of the problem is first step for VA

August 4, 2014 In the private sector, the penalty for not performing sometimes is losing one’s job. Lying about it is an almost certain route to a pink slip. more »»

Stand up, take action, vote

August 2, 2014 The message is simple: Vote. Tuesday registered voters across Michigan will have the opportunity to participate in democracy. more »»



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