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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 »»

’Tis the season to be busy, active

July 1, 2014 Let’s take an imaginary ride to my house. I’ll drive. When you get in my vehicle you will notice there is sand on the floor. more »»

Time for transparency for veterans care

July 1, 2014 “Significant and chronic system failures” have occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a just-concluded White House investigation. more »»

Gold medal team or historic auto — what’s in a name?

June 28, 2014 I read with interest Friday’s sports story of yet another Junior hockey team destined for Alpena this fal. more »»

Region, like state, is growing older

June 28, 2014 While not necessarily something we haven’t already known, Michigan in general, and this region in particular, is growing older. Census figures made available this week confirmed that fac. more »»

Alpena plays host to global ROV teams

June 27, 2014 Welcome all Marine Advanced Technology Education teams, and their families, to Northeast Michigan! Teams from across the globe are gathered in Alpena today through Saturday for the continuation of... more »»



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