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Columns

What makes something news?

Ever wonder why something was put in the paper? Why did the reporter go spend the time to shoot that TV news spot? Why is one story done while another was ignored? What makes editors consider a story newsworthy? There are a variety of criteria, and no story perfectly meets all of them. ...

March is Reading Month for UP schools

March is National Reading Month and many schools across the United States celebrate with a kick-off for Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. The intense focus on reading activities in March is exciting for students, and teachers are always looking for ways to keep the excitement going all year ...

Be a part of something big…

“Having a Big Sister is the best thing that can happen in your life. When I grow up I want to be a Big Sister too.” –Little Sister “I feel like the luckiest person in the world having my Little.” -Big Sister Are you into fun things like music, books, movies, sports, pets, ...

Lessons from Disney – The power of branding

Last Friday Disney’s CEO Robert Iger stepped down from his post. For over 14 years he has been rebuilding the Disney brand, preparing it to endure a rapidly changing future filled with mobile electronics and paid streaming services. What is the power of “brand” and what can you and I ...

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is worth both time and effort spent

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a program designed to help educators do just that. Why is that important? “If you have a child’s heart, you have their mind” is the core belief of Flip Flippen, founder and chairman of the Flippen Group, NY Times best-selling author, and nationally-recognized ...

Justice is blind, but not deaf and dumb

With a 53-47 majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans had the power to make the rules of the trial that would decide if President Trump’s conduct warranted removal from office. Instead of designing a trial to fairly and impartially consider the facts, they made one that ...

February, the little guy in the calendar

February is the month that almost never made into our modern calendar.  History is sketchy, but we do know that the original  ancient Roman calendar had only 10 months in it - January and February not yet considered. That space was simply regarded as “winter time.” But eventually, ...

Breaking cycles with Families UPward

“A child needs to feel from the very start that she or he is wanted and loved. They should grow up in the soil of affection and care. There is no replacement for that, it is the most important thing. If that isn’t right from the very beginning then everything that follows is playing catch ...

Visual impairment and Orientation & Mobility services

A child with a visual impairment is defined as a child with vision that adversely affects their educational performance, even with correction. The Copper Country Intermediate School District (ISD) has personnel and systems in place to help students in our local schools who have such visual ...

Why U.P. legislators should be able to hitch rides on existing state flights 

House Bill 5301 is a bipartisan proposal allowing legislators serving in the Upper Peninsula a more effective way to serve residents while also saving taxpayer money. The plan allows state legislators to fly on state-owned aircraft in certain instances. On occasion, state agencies schedule ...

Something’s gotta give at Michigan Tech

As a resident of Portage Township and a graduate of Houghton High School, and despite the fact that I went to two other universities prior to returning home, I am proud to say that I have my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan Technological University. I love saying that I bleed ...

How one man’s sketch provides a lesson in life

A young man was born in southern Europe in 1908. As a child, his mother would find him building structures from sugar cubes. He developed a love of art, but his mother convinced him to pursue a career as an architectural engineer. Then in 1940, the Germans invaded Ukraine where he was working. ...

Learning life skills while getting on-the-job training

Bright lights shine through a large white atmosphere of sterile machines along each wall. A rush of air curiously inflated my lungs and was held for a moment, more weightless and freer than the outside world. The atmosphere between the four walls sent a shiver down my spine as if one could feel ...

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 ...