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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 ...

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. ...