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Pollution around forever but more of it in modern world

OK, folks, here it comes — something that has been bugging us ever since we started glancing back to a world we grew up in, and what it’s become thanks to a single word: pollution. The word has been derived from a Latin word meaning “to make dirty.” Currently, it’s defined as ...

CCISD services promote high-quality learning, teaching

It is September, and all of our school districts have the excitement of starting a new year. There are many eager faces walking into our local buildings and around 600 hardworking teachers, support staff and administrators to greet them and to help each student reach their potential. Every ...

Arrival of fall marks start of recruiting season

Fall brings cool evenings and the igniting of nature's festival of colors in the Keweenaw. It also brings a robust recruiting season as professionals from corporations across the nation descend on our small community. They are seeking the talented students that Michigan Tech and the surrounding ...

Motorists need to practice back-to-school safe driving

We’re getting close to that exciting time of year, depending on who you ask, when our children will be returning to school. Routines will change along with pedestrian traffic, bus traffic and parent traffic, and school speed zones will all come into play. A time change will also soon be ...

While much has changed in families, much remains same

The ideal family is usually composed of a father, a mother & kids. Here’s a sort of light-hearted compilation regarding that necessary congregation: An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with freckles, spent the day at the zoo; there lots of children were ...

Copper Country taxpayers get quick bang on CTE buck

Two years ago, the Copper Country ISD started a listening and presentation tour on the status of career and technical Education (CTE). Many local school principals wanted more offerings for their students. Many local businesses were worried their work force was aging and that there was not ...

Clearing misconception cases about UP policing

As police officers, we often field a wide range of questions from citizens regarding laws, our procedures, civil processes, criminal procedings, crime trends and various other things. We also end up getting questions about the weather. I don’t know why, but we get the calls. You may be ...

Reflections on water from Copper Country Flood

Impossible to press into a single column, but here’s a sample from just one person reflecting on a disaster affecting our lives forever: July 2, 2018 — Seems like ancient history since the first of the flood disasters began - starting Sunday morning, June 24, when I happened to glance ...

Avoiding ‘The Summer Slide’ through reading

On average, students lose two months of reading skills over their summer break. This is due to what is called, “The Summer Slide.” Students, parents, and teachers work hard all year to build students’ reading abilities. By spending as little as 20 minutes each day, you can turn the ...

Myths of Becoming a Foster Parent

Have you considered becoming a foster parent, but feel you may not qualify? It’s possible you may have heard one of many myths regarding becoming a foster parent that lead to this assumption. Did you know that our local communities in the UP have an ongoing need for loving foster homes? ...

Many humbling, inspiring lessons from big storm

It was 5 a.m., and it had been raining and thundering all night long. Then in an instant, the house shook like it had been hit by a bolt of lightening, followed by an explosion. Waking from a sound sleep, my wife and I rushed to the other side of the house, peering into our living room ...

Good leaders are out there — always have been

In one of her comic monologs back in the 1980s, Phyllis Diller said, “I went to Hollywood hoping to become a star overnight - because I heard that’s how it’s done, overnight.” The audience roared; it was popularly known about such transactions made to “make it” in that Sin ...

Taking ‘beauty’ out of pageants

The Miss America Organization announced this week that it will no longer judge women on their “outward physical appearance.” To that end, the swimsuit competition is gone. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the group’s head, explained. “Miss America will represent a new ...

Donald Trump, Rod Blagojevich and cost of corruption

When President Donald Trump blurted out that he was thinking of springing thoroughly corrupt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from federal prison, the reaction was predictably tribal. The pro-Trumpers spun it all by saying his Blagogevich move was a shot across the bow of his enemies in ...

Is second US civil war possible?

Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Donald Trump passes the House. Trump claims it's the work of the “deep state.” Sean Hannity of Fox News demands that every honest patriot take to the streets. Right-wing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the ...

Ebb tide: California results suggest blue wave over

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states -- containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts -- have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest results, taken together with the generic vote ...

Reading books will prevent summer slide

For kids, few moments in life are more glorious than the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. Hooray! Three whole months of sweet freedom! Unlike in the past, many students do not spend summer break at the library or reading books in the backseat on family trips. In fact, ...

Corrupt crony capitalism

“Are you on the take?” When I tried to get Edgewater, New Jersey, politicians to answer that question, the mayor wouldn’t discuss it, ultimately telling me, “You may sit down.” The town of Edgewater is right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Anyone fortunate enough to live ...

RFK and nation we might have been

It made my mother scream. That’s what I remember. I had been lying dozy in bed, but at the sound of her, I scrambled into the living room. She was standing before the television watching an image of chaos in a hotel ballroom. Although I grew up in the 1960s, very few of the signal events ...

One of haves, RFK connected with have-nots

WASHINGTON — Television’s remembrances of Robert Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death this week have brought back images of the huge crowds he drew, both in life and in leaving it. They mobbed and cheered him as he motored through big-city streets and then stood in stark silence ...