Opinion

By Kathleen Rogers   It’s another year marked by fire. In April, billions of hearts broke as flames engulfed one of the world’s most awe-inspiring churches, Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Like all great tragedies, what gave the cathedral so much majesty was also what fueled its downfall. More than 5...
Teaching sex ed too early What happens if I get caught viewing nude pictures of children?  Answer: considerable jail time. What happens if I draw pictures of children and adults totally nude, masturbating, sexual intercourse and put it in a booklet and get it in the hands of all your 10 year old...
By Deb Ferdon Staples-Motley Schools   What a great time to be a Cardinal. I am currently the coordinator for Teaching and Learning activities here in the Staples-Motley District, so I am fortunate to get a view of the happenings within all of our school buildings and classrooms while I support...
Talking about the privacy concerns with social media use can seem like beating a dead horse, but with 33 percent of college admissions officers admitting to viewing applicants’ social media profiles, students and their parents need to know what they’re getting into when they post online.  According...
Pine Grove wonderland   I loved the beautiful picture in your paper of our beautiful park. I really love our park. In the early mornings it is so beautiful with the sun shining through the trees. I used to take my children out to the park many years ago,  just a great place for kids to run and play...
Children frolic while chasing after bubbles at the Ziegler 5K run at Pine Grove Park in August. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Talking about the privacy concerns with social media use can seem like beating a dead horse, but with 33 percent of college admissions officers admitting to viewing applicants’ social media profiles, students and their parents need to know what they’re getting into when they post online.  According...
BrightFuture Scholarships aim  to help area students Paul Preimesberger, CLC Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success   At Central Lakes College, we believe the investment in higher education is well worth it. Whether students graduate with a diploma, certificate or an Associate’s of Arts...
Restrictions hurt business   Customers of Tower Pizza, By now you may realize that Tower Pizza was closed on Saturday of Railroad Days. I must start off by saying that I am sorry that you were not able to have a meal here as I know many of you enjoy our product, and thank you for that. However, due...
By Kathleen Rogers and Dr. Shenggen Fan   The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable. That much is clear from the newly released UN climate change report  which warns that we must rethink how we produce our food — and quickly — to avoid the most devastating impacts of...

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