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Lowering America’s automotive standards

In March, the Trump administration implemented a new auto-emission regulation replacing a 2012 standard that required automakers to improve passenger vehicle efficiency. The new rule mandates an average fuel economy of 40 MPG by 2025, a significantly less ambitious target than the original ...

Being over 60 and beginning to feel it

The older a person gets the sharper becomes the contrast between now and the distant past. Who over sixty could ever imagine hearing about White Supremacists demonstrating fully armed in front of governmental buildings? Or seeing popular films indulging in blatant violation of the Ten ...

Expanding telemedicine will improve access to health care

Access to health services is one challenge families in the Upper Peninsula are all too familiar with. Even in normal times, providers in rural communities are few and far between – and if you need to see a specialist you’re likely in for an hours-long drive. The problem has grown even ...

Building a great start for children in our community

A child’s brain begins to develop rapidly prior to birth and continues during the first eight years of life. During this time important ground work is laid that impacts the child’s future learning, health and overall well-being. The child’s development is greatly impacted by their ...

COVID-19 reporting under HIPAA

Personal identity and privacy are big topics in the information age. Most people like to keep the details of their health to themselves and their closest friends and loved ones. In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which prevents certain ...

Looking at the big picture before small picture

If your family’s experience with remote school resembles battle scenes from the movies, you are not alone. The struggle for most families is real and for some, it is brutal. If school is going smoothly in your home, be thankful! But be prepared that things change. Let’s face it - remote ...

National Teacher Appreciation Week has a whole new meaning this year

There are over three million seniors in high school getting ready to graduate this spring. In Michigan, these students stopped attending face-to-face instruction on March 16. As distance learning has continued, parents have begun to play a larger role in their student’s education. Each ...

Going on the record

We’ve all heard it, if not in person then on television or in books — the reporter’s key source leans in at the end of the interview and says “And this is off the record, but…” and continues, with a shifty glance over each shoulder, to dish out some sordid detail of a story. It’s ...

We need a worker Memorial Day nationally

“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Mother Jones. We remember those we have lost. Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just ...

America needs to listen to its national scientists

Much of the current public health crisis could have been avoided had the U.S. government listened to scientists who not only raised early concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but recognized that a federal resource to manage an epidemic response was critical to the safety of Americans. ...

Why National Medical Labratory Week is important

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week has been celebrated this week, April 19-26, recognizing an important component of the medical team. Who are Medical Laboratory Professionals. Why is there an entire week to celebrate their dedication and accomplishments? These people come in all ...

Do you have the tools to be a reporter?

Reporters will sometimes use some very high-tech tools. They analyze data, capture video, audio or photo, compose and edit stories that are then shared to the internet, television, radio and print. However, a reporter’s tools don’t have to be cutting-edge. In fact, even though I’m ...

Stop telling people their jobs aren’t essential

Right now, Michigan residents can purchase marijuana products curbside from a dispensary, but they can’t purchase plants and gardening supplies curbside from a local greenhouse. People can line up at the party store to purchase liquor and lottery tickets, but they can’t buy paint or ...

Taking a little time to discuss the need for rules

Rules are the guidelines that create a civilized society. American Indians say, “No, my friend, that is not the Hopi way.”  In Arabic, it’s said, ”It don’t look good.” The Irish say, “There is no good luck where there is no discipline.” And the medics, guided by the ...

Open Meetings Act during COVID-19

The Open Meetings Act is one of the cornerstones of democracy. It is what forces politicians and government officials to conduct major decision making and discussion in full view of the public and with public input. It is what allows for citizens to have a say in how they are governed on days ...

Novel COVID-19 measures; not all that novel?

While COVID-19 is a novel viral disease to the world, viral diseases and pandemics are not a new topic for governments, citizens, and scientists. The world, and the U.S. itself, have seen many life-threatening illnesses before. What can we learn from past pandemics for the fight against ...

Copper Country educators providing resources to students, families

I have been in education for 32 years now and have witnessed many challenges throughout my career. I can honestly say this is the toughest situation I have faced. There is no script or playbook to rely on. This is truly an unprecedented time. Even though the situation is difficult, Copper ...

A national chrysalis

I was born in 1933 in North Dakota, and lived through a great period of change in the early part of my life. And I truly believe we are entering what I choose to call another “chrysalis.” What is a “chrysalis?“ It is the life stage of growth when a caterpillar, underneath a ...

How to use a reverse image search to help

Along with the COVID-19 viral pandemic, the world is suffering a global misinformation pandemic that coincides it and amplifies it online. As is common throughout history during societal upheaval, people come out of the caves of depravity to prey on other people’s known insecurities. Many ...