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Questions, Anyone?

July 19, 2014 Absentee ballots Q. Several readers have questions about absentee ballots for the Aug. 5 primary election. County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs has the following answers. Q. more »»

When employees grieve: Grief in the workplace?

July 19, 2014 By HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN/ALPENA It is in the best interest of employees, their managers and a company's bottom line to offer support to an employee who has lost someone significant in their life. more »»

40 years of fun spun from one risky idea

July 18, 2014 Forty years ago a group of men who loved Alpena, loved fishing and who were known to take a risk or two decided to start the Brown Trout Festival. more »»

Reid set to break Senate rules again

July 17, 2014 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will tolerate no opposition, especially if it threatens one of President Barack Obama’s pet projects. Reid, D-Ne. more »»

Notice the sponsors of events

July 15, 2014 What have you attended so far this year in the local community? A concert at the bandshell? The fireworks? A comedy show? How about a festival or a downtown event? Do you know anyone playing on a... more »»

Why the US news organizations are better than UK

July 15, 2014 Americans are more fortunate than many know in having a wide variety of privately owned newspapers and other information sources. more »»

The children’s theater of politics

July 12, 2014 They always say politics is theater, and most people understand what people mean when they say it. I think good politics is children’s theater, which takes some explaining to do. more »»

Any time is right time for ice cream

July 12, 2014 With summer just kicking into full gear, is it proper to even mention anything about winter right now? Oh well, we’ve already started, so let’s join forces with the folks at Pure Michigan and... more »»

Joe and Jane ready for water cost resolution

July 11, 2014 Frustrating. That would describe the average Joe and Jane’s perspective from the street regarding the dispute between City of Alpena and Alpean Township officials over water costs. more »»

Time to reassess policy, military commitment

July 10, 2014 Fifty-six people, most of them old women selling food to make money so they could eat, died when Boko Haram terrorists set off a bomb in a Nigerian marketplace last Tuesday. more »»

Skimming along the political world

July 9, 2014 Thirty or 40 years ago there were three very colorful individuals in the Michigan Legislature. more »»

President overstepping and Congress doesn’t care

July 9, 2014 Congress would not go along with President Barack Obama’s plan to close down coal-fired power plants and drive electricity prices up. So Obama is acting on his own to do so. U.. more »»

Listen to your inner voice

July 8, 2014 It wasn’t my idea to start writing this column. I was actually apprehensive about it because, contrary to what is shown on the surface, I’m uncomfortable with public attention. more »»

Oh, I love those delicious strawberries

July 5, 2014 I love strawberries. This time of year, when Northeast Michigan strawberries are at their peak, I could eat strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. more »»

Local sanctuary shows how to be emulated

July 5, 2014 Last weekend visitors from around the world gathered in Alpena for the remotely operated vehicle international competitio. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

July 5, 2014 Beach Boys Q. Two friends ask, "Did the Beach Boys ever perform a concert in Alpena?" A. Not as far as anyone remembers. more »»

Have a safe, happy, fun-filled Fourth holiday

July 4, 2014 It’s arrived — Northeast Michigan’s unofficial homecoming. more »»

Finding world events interesting

July 2, 2014 “May you live in interesting times” — Ancient Chinese verse In economic terms we are doing just that. more »»

Proof that other countries rely on the US too much

July 2, 2014 An example of what can happen when other countries become too reliant on the United States to defend them can be seen in Iraq. more »»

 
 

 

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