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Last wishes: Enhancing quality of life at end of life

February 7, 2015 Etta Lynn Beck’s last wish was to marry her longtime love, John Lane. Their love story dates back more than two decades, when they met while working at a gas station in Big Rapids. more »»

Ownership and belonging

February 7, 2015 But now thus says the LORD, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. more »»

Get ready for another business expo, book sale

February 6, 2015 Fifteen years ago the advertising manager of The Alpena News convinced newspaper staffers that we could host and pull off a need at the time in the community — an expo for businesse. more »»

Balanced budget tour resonates with Americans

February 5, 2015 It is no wonder that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been received so favorably in his multi-state tour on behalf of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more »»

Growth needs some substance to it

February 4, 2015 A recent newspaper column warned about runaway growth in Northeast Michigan. more »»

We are responsible for our future

February 3, 2015 Progress is often a double-edged sword. On one side, progress and positive change are needed to stay alive. more »»

More limits needed on government spending, not fewer

February 3, 2015 President Barack Obama and other liberals attempt to bolster their argument for higher taxes and bigger, more expensive government by noting deficit spending has been reduced from the $1... more »»

Thankfully, president backing away from eliminating 529 plan tax breaks

February 2, 2015 Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about — and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author. more »»

Take the time to consider vaccinations

January 31, 2015 A lot has been written on vaccinations in the newspaper recently. more »»

Learning from storms past, present

January 31, 2015 One of the films that played during last weekend's Thunder Bay International Film Festival was “The Great Storm of 1913” by Kevin Essebaggers and Corey Adkins of 9&10 News in Cadillac. more »»

ARMC has tips to successful weight loss

January 31, 2015 As a nutrition expert and health/behavior change expert, Melissa Tolan-Halleck, Alpena Regional Medical Center’s community health education coordinator, notes this time of year can be frustrating... more »»

Ordinary to extraordinary

January 31, 2015 Time and seasons move so quickly. We celebrated Christmas ... and now it is a memory. Very soon we will prepare for the Season of Lent, which begins Feb. 18 with Ash Wednesday. more »»

Pettalia will play role in road funding

January 30, 2015 Political pundits from across Michigan seem to agree that if the sales tax ballot proposal were put to voters today, it would fail. more »»

Regulations need to be consistent

January 29, 2015 Businesses find it difficult to function in an on-again, off-again regulatory environment. more »»

Career days at schools are here

January 27, 2015 This is the time of year when schools host career days. The Alpena High School held its recently and later this week I will be at Thunder Bay Junior High for its career day. more »»

Time for Congress to rein in White House

January 27, 2015 Some members of a U.S. Senate committee have the right idea — reducing federal mandates for public schools — but in the context of President Barack Obama’s administration their approach seems naiv. more »»

Obamacare’s website is the culprit for cybersecurity leaks

January 26, 2015 Even as President Barack Obama was using his State of the Union speech to recommend stronger cybersecurity for Americans, his administration was engaged in perhaps the most massive exchange of... more »»

Free tuition is nice idea but not practical

January 24, 2015 How often have we heard “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” When it comes to President Barack Obama’s proposed free education for community colleges, it probably is. more »»

Most often it is action that speaks louder than words

January 24, 2015 I always know we as a newspaper are remaining objective in our news reporting if two complaint calls come in after a story - one from each side of the issue. more »»

Living healthy is living brave

January 24, 2015 Fast food addiction. Binge eating. Smoking. Multiple Sclerosis. Cystic Fibrosis. Cancer. Obesity. Postpartum depression. Pain killers. Medication. Surgery. Death of loved one. more »»



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