About Mark Pontoni


I have written regular columns for the Petoskey News Review and the Northern Express.  Since returning downstate to be closer to the grandchildren, I am trying to continue advocating for justice through this blog.

I am a teacher by trade, but a student by occupation.  The more I learn about politics in my state, the more questions I have.  I recently told a friend that maybe I’m too old to be this angry about things.  And then I realized that being this angry is keeping me young.

10 Comments on “About Mark Pontoni”

  1. Doug Nelson January 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Your recent piece in the Northern Expresswas excellent. Poignant, to be sure,but true to my progressive values. How great to see a voice for the true American dream in northern Michigan. Keep writing and sharing your ideas. Thanks, from a retired high school English teacher!

    • Mark Pontoni January 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

      Thanks very much.

      • Steve Redder April 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        Hey Mark. I am starting a Fuck you hashtag. Sorry ass hole like you can not be a member.

      • Mark Pontoni July 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

        What’s cool is this makes no sense. But did anyone really expect you to?

  2. Budd Cicciarelli January 7, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    Over 400k new manufacturing jobs to American workers in less than 2 years; last Admin. lost over 200K manufacturing jobs and made it clear that they would never come back to the States. Here is the challenge for you: in your next opinion peace list 3 things you feel our prez has done to help the working class and then you can balance that with 3 things you feel that have hurt the working class. (the catch: they must relate only to tangible job and paycheck topics) ////this is in response to you opinion peace: “It’s not me, It;s you” in the NExpressWk 12/31….a piece that I found to be so easy to write…but not at all thought provoking. Perhaps one needs ‘contrast’ to get a vibrant picture.

    • Mark Pontoni January 12, 2019 at 6:30 am #

      I would love to write about ANYTHING he’s done to help the working class. Alas, I don’t write fiction.

  3. Mike Durbin February 5, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

    Mark, I’m sorry to read that you’re leaving, but I feel confident that your voice will continue to be heard. I met you first at MAMUN conferences in BC and Kazoo, and your work impressed me there. Lately, your words have brought a very necessary perspective to northern Michigan, and I’ve been keen to follow them. Please continue your great work, and good luck in your next venture!

  4. Alison paton February 6, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    Thank you, Mark, for your insightful columns over the years, and for having the courage to keep speaking out despite the hateful comments and threats. Wishing you the best.

  5. Lindsey Walker March 22, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

    Mark, I wanted to share this piece on fb but I couldn’t in good faith that no where in the article does it have the authors name. This is the first time I’ve seen ” the grumblings” (nicely written article by the way). I didnt see it was you until the comments section. Not even in your About tab. Is there a reason you are not putting your name onto these writings directly?

    • Mark Pontoni March 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

      Thanks for reaching out. It should be fixed now. Share away! I’m honored.

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