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Now is the time to sign up for CTE classes

This is the time of the year when students begin to sign up for their classes for next year. In the past, the Copper Country ISD would host students from all of the local school for half day tours of the Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes that are open to all students. ...

The legend of Davy Crockett and the Alamo

Born in Eastern Tennessee on August 17, 1786, he was one of eight children born to parents Rebecca and John Crockett. History remembers Davy Crockett as a bare handed bear killer who wore a hat made out of raccoon skin. His attire included a leather coat and pants, carrying a long barreled ...

Invest in the American people

On March 11, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. This $1.9 trillion stimulus bill includes $1,400 direct payments, an extension of boosted unemployment benefits ($300-per-week), a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, and temporarily increased subsidies ...

Final visit to Ireland

As usual, I planned for a window seat . Next to me was a gangly fellow, feet stretched to their fullest underneath the seat in front of us - head back, eyes closed, his profile not quite ruddy enough to be Irish - a blend of Irish and perhaps some other nationality - Italian, perhaps.    At ...

My experience in Ireland

From the air, Ireland looked like a teddy bear, it’s arms and legs reaching out over the Atlantic Ocean toward America - a symbolic gesture since, indeed, after the tragic potato famine, Irish people fled to our country, settled in easily, and contributed more to us than most of us realize, ...

Gov. Whitmer must sprint toward cooperation

We recently came upon the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 cases being reported in Michigan and the start of many executive orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response. It’s important to reflect given the milestone. Lives and livelihoods have been significantly impacted in our state ...

Story Walks; Promoting literacy, the outdoors, and exercise

March is upon us and many schools are celebrating National Reading Month by including many literacy activities throughout the month. This month is highly focused on literacy, while trying to find new ways to motivate students and to explore where reading can take us. The Copper Country ...

Get the vaccine

On March 22, any adult in Michigan over the age of 50 will be eligible for one of the three COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Millions more Michiganders should be rushing to book their appointment and get their immunization. But unfortunately, not everyone will ...

A lesson in leadership our students can learn from

As a young man he was a voracious reader. One of his favorite books, Aesop’s Fables, containing a favorite story. The fable was about a lion who decided to surrender his teeth to win the heart of a woodman’s daughter. As he approached the daughter to use his newfound power, he was struck ...

Fix the filibuster

When you hear the word “filibuster,” what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the image of a lone figure holding the Senate floor in a heroic effort to resist the whims of a tyrannical majority. Maybe it’s the idea of protecting minority rights, or ensuring fairness, open debate, and measured ...

The people and their government cannot get complacent

This past week marked a harrowing milestone in the pandemic: 500,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. That is more than the number of soldiers that died in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined. Despite the massive loss our country has suffered, some in the U.P. continue to ...

What is love?

What is Love? Psychologists tell us it is the opposite of “lust,” which “takes,” while “love” is giving. A vaudeville comic in the Roaring Era of the 20s defined it as “a man’s desire to become some woman’s meal ticket.” A physicist said, “Without love, we’re worth ...

Parents, coaches, wear a mask to keep sports alive

While I have not been writing about it, I am as excited as anyone (well, OK, not everyone) that high school sports are back. It really feels like a semblance of normalcy to see young boys and girls taking to the ice, or the basketball court, and doing the things they love the most. I have had ...

Bergman’s words, actions remain dangerous to our country

The editors of the Marquette Mining Journal, in their February 8 editorial, which was reprinted in the Daily Mining Gazette on February 10, ask when the political climate will improve in this country? They suggest that the Trump impeachment process and our Defund Bergman Campaign will not make ...

Communication and coordination

Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) have many functions. Two very important functions are communicating and coordinating. Our local districts depend on the ISD to inform them of new opportunities and services that the state is rolling out. The state of Michigan often uses ISDs as a ...

Propane availability in Michigan – Ready for change

Propane supply to the Upper Peninsula has been a flashpoint in the debate about Line 5, a 67-year-old, Canadian-owned oil pipeline running along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac. The public deserves to have a realistic, clear understanding of whether the U.P. will have an adequate ...

The science of friendship and its lifelong value

I met Larry Parsons in 5th grade at Carpenter Elementary. We became friends in-part to our mutual love of sports. In and outside of class we were always moving and socializing with students around us, growing our circle of friends. Though we have gone our separate ways, we met again at my ...

r/wallstreetbets; The little guys trim the hedges

The big story I’ve been following all week, like many of you I’m sure, is this David vs. Goliath fight between somewhat-organized day traders and Wall Street hedge funders. I’m obviously in the day traders’ corner, and it’s a long story why. Day trading has become really popular in ...

Return to truth

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by a mob of Trump supporters objecting to the results of a free and fair election. The mob stormed the Capitol building, smashing windows, vandalizing, looting, and threatening the safety of lawmakers. By the end of the day, five people ...

Board Appreciation Month

The month of January provides us an opportunity to acknowledge a special group of volunteer elected officials in education. It is School Board Recognition Month, and it offers communities across Michigan a way to acknowledge the continuing efforts of local and ISD school board members in ...