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August 30, 2014 In the past two years, I've shared my thoughts, advice and stories on living healthy, living happy and living with purpose. more »»

Taking the call

August 30, 2014 The call to follow Jesus is inevitably a call to die. more »»

Time will tell what minimum wage hike’s effect will be

August 29, 2014 Monday minimum wage earners across Michigan will get a wage increase. Thanks to approval by Michigan legislators earlier this summer, minimum wage earners will see their hourly wage go from $7. more »»

Give terrorists a reason to fear US

August 28, 2014 After American journalist James Foley was murdered by Islamic State terrorists several days ago, there was concern about another U.S. reporter taken hostage about two years ago. more »»

Don't get distracted by the devil in the details

August 26, 2014 The devil is in the details, isn’t it? Ever have what seemed like a great idea and then when it came time to make the idea a reality, it was very difficult to make the idea happen? That’s because th... more »»

State Dept., FBI didn’t connect the dots with bulletin

August 26, 2014 Here’s news for you: The FBI and Department of Homeland Security say there are no “specific or credible” threats to Americans from Islamic State terrorists. more »»

There will be no peace until world recognizes Hamas as terrorists

August 25, 2014 Negotiators from Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that controls Gaza met under Egyptian sponsorship last week, in an attempt to end fighting between the tw. more »»

The best news we’ve had in years

August 23, 2014 Every week there seems to be another positive economic headline on the newspaper’s front page. As columnist Steve Fletcher pointed out Wednesday, this is a stark contrast to the way it used to be. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

August 23, 2014 What caused droning sound? Q. Several Alpena readers have heard droning and diving sounds in the air in the direction of the beach, but they couldn't see any sort of aircraf. more »»

AMRC has tips to start the school year with a healthy plan

August 23, 2014 August is here and that usually means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. more »»

Congratulations Besser on 110 years

August 22, 2014 One of our region’s industrial giants celebrates a significant milestone today. Employees with Besser are holding a public ceremony today at 2 p.m., followed by a picnic and open house from 3-6 p.m. more »»

The silent industry that helps push Alpena’s economy

August 19, 2014 I don’t normally write in response to questions or comments from the community but today I’m going to go down that path and try to help bring some clarity to one of Alpena’s major industrie. more »»

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 »»



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