Opinion

There was a time, in America’s early years, when a fellow could get a job going to sea on a wooden sailing ship, and when they came upon a whale the fellow and his mates would lower away in boats and row out with their harpoons, and if the whale didn’t kill them first, they would try to kill the...
At one of Minnesota Farmers Union’s (MFU) Rural Issues Discussions last spring, a farmer told us that his yearly health insurance premium plus deductible was more than $40,000. There was hardly a dry eye in the room when he spoke about this. Meanwhile, federal legislators have been unable to agree...
Penny Auction The Staples Congregational UCC Church would like to thank all the individuals and businesses who donated and participated in our annual Penny Auction held during Railroad Days. We had a tremendous turnout, the best year yet. Due to everyone’s generosity, we were able to donate $2,060...
The Penny Auction at the Congregational Church in Staples was a popular spot Aug. 26. People carefully chose which buckets would get their tickets. The good crowd brought in $2,060 which was donated by the church to the Staples and Motley food shelves. (Staples World photo by Brenda Halvorson)  
Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak. Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists - the dregs of our open society - have and should have First Amendment rights to speak and march in public. We need to see them for what they are: a disappointing collection of the...
In last weeks Staples World, in an article on a recent school board work session, there was a quote attributed to me that I  would like to clarify.  The board had listened to a presentation by the firm that is aiding us in a facilities study. As a part of that study, we had seen many graphs and...
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the community in which I live. With that, I am going to share an experience I had professionally that has made me aware of the many blessings we have right here in our small community.  About two weeks ago (it was the weekend, and I...

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