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Thanksgiving 2019

Well, we made it safely through our Halloween celebration with only a few complaints about ethnic and gender related issues. Now it’s Thanksgiving, the next traditional holiday, and so far, except for a small outcry from the Taras Bulba clan, who find the color orange offensive and would ...

Veteran’s Day reminds us the opioid epidemic impacts veterans, too

In America, we often put veterans on a pedestal. We do it for many good reasons – we are humbled by their dedication to the country, appreciative of their service, and grateful for the sacrifices they have made. Unfortunately, this respect donned upon us, as Veterans, doesn’t make us immune ...

Local schools honor veterans

On Monday, Nov. 11, our country will be celebrating Veterans Day. This is a special day in our local schools. During my years as a teacher and administrator, I was witness to many heartwarming programs and activities organized by our teachers and students to honor our local veterans. I thought ...

Artificial Intelligence + Education = ?

In Jinhua Xiaoshun Primary School in eastern China, elementary students are starting their school day. “Open your books to page……” are not the first words out of the teacher’s mouth to start the class. Instead, students are asked to put on a head-band. This is not a normal headband, ...

The water is rising: A personal look at the effects of Climate Change

I was privileged to spend my entire youth down in Illinois across the street from the Fox River. Historically, the Fox River played a vital role in the community by providing clean energy to the surrounding areas. As a small child, I used to explore the trails that ran along the riverbank. ...

Reform needed: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Founded in 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the parent organization of the of the Border Patrol and the agency tasked with maintaining borders and ports of entry of the United States. The agency performs a vital function, but it currently faces serious problems due to a mission ...

Peterson: Speed kills — just ask MSU

The old saying that “speed kills” is applied mainly to driving cars at unreasonable speeds But speed also kills on the football field — a fact that Michigan State’s team found about last Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans, who are a pretty fair defensive team, appeared ...

What’s it like to learn in America?

Imagine what it was like when you were getting ready to start your senior year in high school. You then decide to travel to a different country where they speak a different language to attend your final year of high school. What would that be like? Jenny from Sweden, Sebastian from Norway, ...

Asylum seekers are not illegal immigrants

In the past, many people attempting to cross America’s southern border were adult men trying to evade border security and enter the country illegally. But presently, many border-crossers are families who enter at border checkpoints to request asylum from the U.S. government. In 2018, almost ...

An epiphany about arguments

Put two people together and you’ve got the basis for an argument. But there’s a difference between arguing and discussing: arguing is frustratingly emotional with no intention of giving in; discussion is a dispassionate plan to lay all the cards on the table, avoid the basic seven ...

CCISD is just one of 56 ISDs across state that serve students

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (ISD) is one of 56 ISDs in the state of Michigan. The CCISD serves thirteen individual school districts in a three-county area. The main mission of an ISD is to add value to students, schools and communities by providing student-centered, ...

Some food for thought by a concerned local citizen

By the time you finish this column, there are some who will see me as shaking my fist and yelling at the kids to get off of my lawn. Be that as it may be — Point One: Public Service Announcement—Smart meters do not cause cancer. Please stop allowing stupid people to propagate this ...

The benefits and dangers of the digital world

One day a Red Cross employee was getting ready to send a tweet through his Twitter account. It read: “Ryan found two more 4-bottle packs of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch beer….when we drink we do it right #gettingslizzerd” (slang for “getting drunk”). When he tweeted the message he ...

ACE, built by Coal Lobby, bad for us

On June 19, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a new emissions regulation plan called the “Affordable Clean Energy rule” (ACE). Acting EPA head and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler claims that the plan will achieve significant carbon emission reductions. However, ...

My short career in the military

Cleaning up piles of memorabilia I came across a long forgotten charcoal sketch of me in formal military dress, looking proud for all my 18 years — a souvenir from my days at the San Antonio’s Air Corps base. War veterans have been lauded patriotically year in, year out. I was proudly ...

Summer professional development

One of the biggest misconceptions that I often hear is that teachers have it made—they get their summers off. From what I have witnessed, that is not true here in the Copper Country. We have many dedicated teachers in all of our local schools who want to continually improve and learn new ...

What if….the future of K-12 education

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development launched the project The Future of Education and Skills in 2030. It explored how we are to prepare students for jobs that have not even been created yet. What skills will they need in 2030? The answer, educational institutions will ...

What is the reasonable value of human life?

Less than a month after deadly shootings left 50 dead and 50 seriously injured in New Zealand, the nation passed legislation banning automatic weapons and most semiautomatic weapons including military style assault rifles. Under the new law, New Zealand citizens can still possess some ...

Make this holiday season about presence, not presents

I’m not the first person to suggest that the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, ...

CCISD oldest students learn community transition

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is responsible for providing special education services from birth through the age of 26. Last month I described what the CCISD does to help some of our youngest students. Now I would like to share what we do to service our oldest ...