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Opinion

Vaccination was seamless and well-organized

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jo-Ann and Richard Clark: Thank you to our public health department and its Health Officer Michael Snyder. We received our COVID vaccine at Bay College on Monday, January 11. The process of registering and being vaccinated was seamless and well-organized. ...

Teachers unions fail science

Local columns

NEW YORK — Is your child’s school open now? Probably not — because teachers unions say that reopening would “put their health and safety at risk.” They keep schools closed by lobbying and protesting. “If I die from catching COVID-19 from being forced back into Pinellas County ...

Trump’s speech is protected speech

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offered his understanding last weekend of President Donald Trump’s alleged role in the Capitol riots when he said, “If inciting to insurrection isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what it is.” He must have been addressing the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2021. There are 349 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 2020, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump opened in the Senate, with senators standing and swearing an ...

Web connection should be a 2021 priority

Editorial

Reporters here at The Alpena News last week completed an exhaustive series on the availability of broadband technology across the region. The series was both insightful and frightening, in that it revealed that, as a region, we are woefully behind other areas of the country for new technology ...

Enough death

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: January 22nd is a day of infamy from 1973 when abortion was legalized in our country. It was said by proponents that it would be “legal, safe and rare.” Tis legal, but not rare (60 million deaths) and the carrying of a baby to term is statistically safer. Sadly, this is not ...

Governments can make New Year’s resolutions

Local columns

WASHINGTON — It’s the beginning of a new year. It’s almost the beginning of a new presidential administration, too. In theory, now is a perfect time for some resolutions: to start fresh, fix the mistakes of the past or do what we never got around to doing. In that spirit, I offer some ...

Democrats, unity and revenge

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The old saying “Revenge is a dish best served cold” is understood to mean it is better to deliver retribution for a perceived or actual injustice after time has passed, in order for it to be done dispassionately. Sometimes it is better not to serve that dish at all. Like ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2021. There are 350 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 2020, Chinese officials said they couldnít rule out the possibility that a new coronavirus in central China could ...

Scammers using fake letters in collections scam

Editorial

Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of an aggressive scam that’s making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury). In the scheme, taxpayers receive a letter about an overdue tax bill, asking individuals to ...

Trump attempted a coup and must be removed

Local columns

BERKELEY — Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup. Last week’s rampage left five dead, including a Capitol ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2021. There are 351 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime ...

Don’t deny citizens a second chance

Editorial

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got it very nearly right this week in terms of criminal justice reform. The governor signed a package of bills aimed at keeping those who present no threat to public safety out of jail. The legislation, stemming from a task force she appointed, reduces a number of ...

Vaccination appointments

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The first thing I’d like to know is exactly how many of the 120,000 calls the health department got actually got an appointment. The next thing is how many of the appointments were made before the phone numbers where made to the general public. I tried for two and a half days to get ...

Free speech is being tested again

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Twitter and Facebook have permanently banned President Trump from their social platforms. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell have also been permanently banned as Twitter announced a purge of “accounts dedicated to sharing content related ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2021. There are 352 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.ës 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River ...

Equitable, efficient distribution of vaccine is key challenge

Editorial

As we enter the second full week of January, we will also enter a new phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Michigan. Starting Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with vaccinating residents who are 65 and older; frontline essential workers ...

The government we earned

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Since I was a teenager, I was taught that, with our democracy, we get the government that we deserve. Clearly, we did not deserve much this time. Ralph B Blasier Escanaba

Vaccines

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: So, the Trump Administration shipped the COVID vaccines to the individual states. They are then the ones to administer those vaccines. Monday,January 3, I hear that Michigan received more vaccines than they should have. The spokesperson was saying they were not prepared for that ...

Jack Bergman

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Michigan’s 1st U.S. District Representative Jack Bergman’s failed attempt to disenfranchise Michigan’s voters and voters in five other states, by demanding that Congress reject these states’ Electoral College votes, was an attempted coup d’état, an attempt to overthrow a ...