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Columns

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

Spend a little time reading in-depth news articles and sooner or later you’ll come across some mention of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, and requests made through it. FOIA is the name of the federal law, and is used as a shorthand term for similar laws in each state, too. It’s the ...

Fund what serves, defund what doesn’t

The recent wave of protests following the murder of George Floyd have focused national attention on racial discrimination and many other serious flaws in American law enforcement. In seeking remedies, the slogan “Defund the Police” has gained popularity. While the meaning of these three ...

Aging with grace

A wise person once said, “Aging is inevitable. It has its benefits; you just have to look for them.” In many cultures of the past, the elderly were seen as wise persons who can offer advice and guidance from experience. But this is the age of state-of-the-art; we trash the old - last ...

Mail-in voter fraud: fact, fiction, the only fraud?

With November quickly arriving and a cure for COVID-19 still some time off, there is heated discussion around the pros and cons of mail-in voting. Is it a highly fraudulent system, or are these unfounded claims? The University of Chicago News released a story, “Does voting by mail increase ...

Keeping safe during reopening, summer activity

The U.P. spent late winter and spring locked up due to the coronavirus pandemic. While winter and spring are over, COVID-19 has not gone away. Here are a few things the Copper Country should keep in mind. Science is a constantly changing and evolving study. New tests, new experiments, new ...

Copper Country ISD’s mental health services continue to grow

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) received money last year from the Michigan Department of Education to provide mental health services to general education students throughout the districts. Each district has decided to allow the ISD to manage the funding, recruiting, ...

Lessons from our Founding Fathers – The Declaration of Independence

Editor’s note: This column was originally set to run before Independence Day. The Second Continental Congress began meeting in May of 1775. Made up of representatives of the 13 colonies, the congress was tasked with two main goals. First, create a Continental Army under the leadership of ...

Police reform is needed in our country to move forward

Across America, people are demanding justice for George Floyd’s murder and calling for an end to racially discriminatory and violent policing. American law enforcement is seriously flawed. It is often needlessly violent, lacks accountability, and targets and kills African Americans at ...

Time to update costly, inefficient regulations

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the ...

Using free time sensibly

“People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about” - Russian Writer Anton Chekhov. No one has to be reminded that these are not normal days. For three months - and without promise for a quick end (except by a President perpetually in ...

Politicians bought by the middling sort the Founding Fathers feared

The Founding Fathers, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and so on, were what was known as “the landed gentry,” essentially, gentleman that owned land and businesses/enterprises. To the Founding Fathers, these were the men made to run the country, to be the ...

The end of an unusual school year and a look ahead

We have come to the end of a very unusual school year. No one could have ever imagined what this school year was going to turn into at the beginning of the year. It sometimes is amazing to think back to March 1. Everyone was getting excited for high school basketball districts to start. Hockey ...

Defunding the Police: Proposing reform or total abolition?

One of the newest rallying cries is “defund the police,” and without proper explanation, it can be seen as a call to completely abolish the police. A closer look at proposed police reform and defunding packages show that “defunding the police” does not mean a total defunding of police ...

Message to seniors – fail, fast, forward

Carol Bartz was the daughter of a dairy farmer in Alma, Wisconsin. She went on to attend college at University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a degree in computer science. She worked her way up the corporate ladder which included successfully building a tech company called Autodesk from $300 ...

Covering protests with police presence

Protests - and some riots - have erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd and about the treatment of minorities and the militarization of police. Reporters have little choice but to cover these protests from on the ground, among the police and protestors, even when things ...

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 ...