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Editorial: DDA will learn from this process

February 13, 2014 “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That’s a motto we’re taught as youngsters and certainly it seems timely for the Alpena Downtown Development Authority. more »»

Fletcher: The ups, downs of an economy headed through the locks

February 11, 2014 Last night I started to write this column and toward the end of the very long epistle managed to dump the whole thing. more »»

Krawczak: This is nothing like playing office

February 10, 2014 The other day I casually updated my Facebook status to, “I used to play office a lot when I was younger. It was nothing like this. more »»

Fletcher: Nothing bad about this - son’s moment was ‘golden’

February 7, 2014 As I’m writing this, I’m having an “airline day” of dramatic proportions. I got to Detroit Metro recently at 7:15 a.m. more »»

Stutzman: Stop sleeping around on yourself

February 3, 2014 It’s a shame really, so many talented, caring, people living a lie. more »»

Editorial: Salvation Army always there to help those in need

January 30, 2014 We found out again this week that the saying “Need knows no season” rings true for the Salvation Army. more »»

Krawczak: It’s no secret it snows here

January 27, 2014 It’s really cold out. Even if I take my shoes off before heading inside, snow still ends up all over the house, getting my socks wet. There is ice that makes walking and driving tricky. more »»

Speer: Random thoughts for a cold winter’s day

January 24, 2014 Today is a sampling of thoughts from the desk - neither of which is really significant enough to make a whole column out o. more »»

Editorial: Merged banks make community stronger

January 24, 2014 Thursday’s announcement of the merger of First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp. Inc. and Alpena Banking Corp. has to be seen as good news for the region. more »»

Editorial: Well, the weather outside is frightful

January 23, 2014 Wow, has it been cold outside. Wednesday it was so cold that it set a new record low temperature for the day, -21 degrees, and Alpena was the coldest city in Michigan. more »»

Gray: It’s never too late to create a new normal

January 20, 2014 What if eating healthy and exercising daily became your new normal? You would change your whole life and inspire those around you to do the same. more »»

Stutzman: Not my circus, not my monkeys

January 20, 2014 Every time I find myself getting entangled in someone else’s business or drama-filled event I tell myself, “Not my circus, not my monkeys. more »»

Editorial: ACC does good job of adapting to situations

January 17, 2014 “The downside of an upside” is how Alpena Community College President Olin Joynton phrased ACC’s declining enrollment numbers. The term is very accurat. more »»

Speer: Tough subjects kick off the new year

January 17, 2014 Certainly Alpena Municipal Council is wasting no time to immerse itself in sticky and controversial issue. more »»

Murch: Busy weekend ahead for NE Michigan

January 17, 2014 If you're looking for a weekend with plenty of entertainment choices, then next week should be right up your alley. Three big events hit the area and each offers something different. more »»

Krawczak: Leave auto-pilot to technology

January 13, 2014 On a talk radio show recently, the hosts were discussing the 2014 Consumer Electronics Association Show that happens in Las Vegas this time of yea. more »»

Editorial: Giving thanks to those who brave the elements for us

January 10, 2014 Today seems the perfect time to stop and say “thank you” to a host of people whose jobs are made harder by the frigid cold weather and snow of winte. more »»

Speer: Communication limits thorny issues

January 10, 2014 Watching government officials of different jurisdictions interact with each other often provides an interesting lesson in non-verbal communication. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

January 10, 2014 Besser Co. in WWII Q. Reader Steve Westrope asks, "What did Besser Company manufacture in World War II?" A. more »»



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