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Columns

Getting started writing for the Gazette

People ask how I began writing articles for the Gazette.  I just slipped casually into it, beginning in my early teens, when I would climb the three long flights of well worn wooden steps to the press room for leftover paper. The odor of printer’s ink was intoxicating, already seeping ...

Criminal justice reforms will give second chance to those who deserve

Everybody makes mistakes. Unfortunately for some, their past mistakes have left them with old criminal records from which they are never truly able to move on. Many Upper Peninsula residents have old criminal convictions from bad decisions they made when they were younger. They serve their ...

Representative Bergman, please defend the Constitution

Jack Bergman, U.S. Congressional Representative for the M-1 District which includes all of the U.P. and part of the northern Lower Peninsula, held a town hall meeting in Houghton on Jan. 4. I attended and asked Representative Bergman a question: Why did he vote “no” on the articles of ...

What makes America great?

America is so great because she has been founded and shaped by fearless people who did not surrender to inequality or injustice. America was built by the people that saw hope for a brighter future despite the darkness that surrounded them. Think about Harriet Tubman who risked her life to ...

Helping students with stress, trauma

What is stress? We often think of stress as a negative construct, but some stress is normal and essential. Other stress can be tolerable. Toxic stress, however, can occur as a result of strong, frequent, or long lasting events and can cross into the realm of trauma. Trauma can actually ...

Empowering youth…building brighter futures

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal him his own.” — Benjamin Disraeli. Imagine a world where all young people feel empowered, encouraged and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality. Mentoring is a critical component in young ...

Copper Country shows how special the area actually is

This past weekend, multiple sporting teams from schools all over the country descended on the Copper Country. In skiing, they were here for the U.S. Cross Country Championships. In basketball, the Ashland Eagles were in town to face the Michigan Tech Huskies for both men’s and women’s ...

Design your way to success in 2020

In a small studio above Roxy’s Dress Shop in Palo Alto, California, Douglas Dayton and Jim Yurchenco and six other young men were puzzled by a problem they had been presented. A small start-up company had just created a state of the art computer. The company had presented them with a ...

The first Christmas in the copper district — wasn’t

The week leading into Christmastide of 1843 was quite mild in the Lake Superior copper district. It was the first Christmas the region was the copper district. Many mining permits had been obtained that first summer, and on some locations, mineral explorations had begun, particularly at ...

Tips for a guilt-free holiday

While the holidays are a special time to be with loved ones, it's also a time when we overindulge in big meals and sweet treats. But, with a little meal planning and mindfulness, it is possible to put out a guilt-free spread both you and your guests enjoy. Taylor Mattson, clinical dietitian ...

Reviewing my first year serving in the Michigan House

As we near the end of 2019, I want to share some highlights of my first year representing the western Upper Peninsula in the Michigan House. Serving our communities has truly been a rewarding experience. I have learned a lot just from listening to the thoughts and ideas of people I meet at ...

Respite care for foster families

In this season of giving, many people are looking for ways to help others in their community. One way to make a life-changing impact on a child’s life is through becoming a foster family. There are many other ways of helping foster children as well. One of these ways to help is to provide ...

Career & Technical Education (CTE) update

In the summer of 2017 the Copper Country ISD asked the voters of Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties to pass a millage to support and grow Career and Technical Education (CTE). As you likely know, the millage passed overwhelmingly by a two-to-one margin. I feel it is important, once a year, ...

Adopting children out of foster care

November was National Adoption Month. Adoption month has been celebrated for over 20 years in hopes to raise awareness of the need for permanency for children in our state who are in foster care and are waiting for their forever home. Adopting out of foster care has very little cost and most of ...

The power of elastic thinking in education

In the 1960’s the executives at the Balaban & Katz theatre chain were worried about their business. Most of their profits came from concession stand sales, popcorn and Coke. They tried two-for-one deals, matinee specials, but nothing was increasing their profit. Traditional problem ...

Fashion marked the Victorian Era

She had no surname, but Alexandrina Victoria of the House of Hanover, granddaughter of King George III, was 18 years old when she ascended the throne, on June 20, 1837, to become Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She reigned for the next 63 years, until her ...

No Thanksgiving turkeys for pioneers in Copper Country

When Abraham Lincoln declared, in 1863, the fourth Thursday in November as the official day to celebrate Thanksgiving, some areas had been celebrating the holiday and giving thanks had been popular for the harvest, in certain parts of the country, for over a century. One of America’s ...

Our oceans in jeopardy

The Earth’s oceans are immense, covering almost 75% of the planet’s surface and containing over 90% of living species. Oceans are vital for human survival. They provide food, enable global transportation and commerce, and produce the majority of the oxygen that we breathe. But while they ...

The unknown second Korean (DMZ or unknown) War

Taken from an article at www.koreanwar.org by Major Vander E. Jenerette, U.S. Army Retired (used with permission): “From late 1966 through 1969, the Korean peninsula provided the background for a military confrontation that included guerilla warfare, sabotage and terrorism directed against ...