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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 ...

Holidays for adopted child brings extra feelings

rner you may be feeling a mix of emotions. Holidays can be a happy time while celebrating each other’s company. Holidays are a chance to celebrate your traditions and spend more time as family. Holidays can also bring feelings of sadness about the people who will not be around. Holidays ...

CCISD provides services for preschool students

Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will meet many milestones between ages 3 and 5 that will prepare them for kindergarten. Developmental milestones can help to identify if a child may have a delay in specific areas including communication, motor skills, problem solving, ...

Force for Change: Defending potential of children

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.‚“ — Josh Shipp Potential lives within every kid. Yet, more than 8.5 million kids are still in need of someone who will stand in their corner. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges and a much more complex world. ...

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 ...