Disagrees with editorial on recall question

Your editorial in the Saturday, Feb. 16, News offered much rumination and has generated discussion among the O.F.s at morning coffee as well as among others in town.

One benchmark of a good area/community newspaper is the newspaper staff’s ability to awaken and inform its readership of meaningful local issues. You’ve achieved this.

However, I “respectfully disagree,” (one of former Rep./ State Sen. John Pridnia’s favorite terms) with one statement. The question asked of all former councilmen about the journey their financial campaign “supports,” and especially “did you vote for the recall?”

I don’t know or care who (or if combined, whom) asked the question. That’s not important.

What is important is that it was asked – also this had been a question before the city’s voters from April- Nov. 6, 2012. It’s such questions which provide inquiring voters with the information they need to make informed choices in voting.

Admittedly, some of the questions asked at the League of Women Voters Forum on Monday, Feb. 11, were “softballs.” Even these questions provided insight into each candidate’s thought process. For example: “Whom would you consider the most important person or persons in Alpena history?” Easy questions? The responses given by the candidates did change the minds of some in the audience.

All five of the candidates for the two vacant city council seats were articulate, informed, and willing to project their respective vision and goals for Alpena. All five are viable candidates for the two seats up for election Feb. 26. Kudos to them and the members of the Alpena League of Women Voters for helping the voters in making informed decisions. As the community’s newspaper, the Alpena News has the same opportunity: inform and educate the city’s voters to make good decisions on Feb. 26.

Dennis R. Bodem