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Keep it safe on the water this season

May 16, 2015 Since it's early in the season, most people haven't ventured onto the water yet. However, this week is National Boating Safety Week and the Memorial Day weekend is just a week away. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

May 16, 2015 Crows and gulls Q. A reader who lives in the city (Alpena) reports she is seeing more crows and fewer gulls this spring. She asks, "Is that a typical pattern and, if so, what's happening?" A. more »»

Time is running out for this year’s fireworks display

May 15, 2015 Everybody loves the Fourth of July and the celebration of our country's independence. Few communities have as much fun on the Fourth as Alpena. more »»

Continued debate over open-carry in schools

May 15, 2015 In the biz they call them MOS's. For some crazy reason TV producers plunk man-on-the-street sound bites into the middle of an otherwise credible news story. more »»

President annoints Clinton as favorite 2016 candidate

May 14, 2015 Presidents often claim they do not want to influence their political parties in selecting nominees to succeed the. more »»

Time to make all officials more accountable

May 13, 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is very conscientious about telling Americans, both businesses and individuals, they have to clean up their air emissions, water discharges, et. more »»

Let people do their thing

May 12, 2015 I’m reading The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. Described as an American classic and a book that defined a generation, I thought it would be interestin. more »»

BLM needs to do its job with well oversight

May 12, 2015 It is being suggested the government should place new restrictions on the natural gas industry, to prevent public safety and pollution problems. more »»

No reason to believe real reform happened at IRS

May 11, 2015 Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of non-profit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. more »»

A reminder of our connection to the Great Lakes

May 9, 2015 Life on the Lakes, and the tragedies that occur there, always seem to be close to the hearts of those who call Northeast Michigan their home. more »»

Sometimes you just have to chill

May 9, 2015 There’s more than enough worry to last a person a lifetime. Health, employment, and the world’s political chaos are enough topics to make one’s head spin out of control. more »»

Open the door to new world of better hearing

May 9, 2015 Your sense of hearing is a vital link to your world — a source of pleasure, information and communication. Hearing loss should not get in the way of enjoying lif. more »»

Voice of God

May 9, 2015 "Mama Tried," sang the legendary voice of country music Merle Haggard back in 1968. My rebel spirit identified with those lyrics. more »»

Home to some of the best students in the state

May 8, 2015 Our students are among the brightest and best in Michigan. In fact, they are among the brightest and best in all the countr. more »»

Yucca Mountain work should resume

May 7, 2015 Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as President Barack Obama tries to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plant. more »»

Congratulations lineman team

May 6, 2015 I’m pleased with the Alpena Community College Lineman Team. It just competed at the College Lineman’s Rodeo and took first place against 30 other teams. more »»

And now on a lighter note

May 5, 2015 For the past several weeks my mom, sisters, sister-in-law and I have been engaged in group text conversations that include a lot of ridiculous jokes. Ridiculous jokes are my favorite. more »»

We benefit by accepting all religions, not letting extremists silence our tolerance

May 5, 2015 Initial indications were that two gunmen killed during an assault on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, were motivated by extremist Islamic hatred. more »»

Gyrocopter landing shows terrorists our vulnerability

May 4, 2015 When Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds a couple of weeks ago, he did more than make a statement on the need for political campaign finance refor. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

May 2, 2015 Alpena storm sewers Q. A reader says that Chicago has a big project designed to stop untreated storm sewer water from draining into Lake Michiga. more »»



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