Opinion

I went to my first military funeral in November 2003. A local newspaper wrote that Jacob Fletcher, a 28-year-old private from Long Island, N.Y., was being buried with military honors at the national cemetery in Pinelawn. U.S. troops had already died in Iraq, and I believed deeply that their...
Congratulations to the Class of 2016! This Friday, you will achieve something you will value for the rest of your lives - a Staples-Motley High School diploma.  It has been a joy to watch this senior class during my first year at Staples-Motley. Even with the days of “senioritis,” these students...
    In June of 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed increasing the salaries test used to determine if an employee is eligible for overtime from the current threshold of $23,660 to $50,440 annually. This means that employees – such as managers, supervisors and other professionals who are...
It’s official! We’re changing our school building names and adjusting our district name. On Monday, the school board voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Super Transition Team. We are now the Staples-Motley School District with three building sites: Staples-Motley Elementary,...
Growing up in a safe, stable family is a privilege many of us take for granted. As children, most of us knew where we were sleeping each night, what the family rules were and what food we’d have for dinner.  Foster children, unfortunately, have few of these opportunities. Too often they move, with...
I look at what is going on up on the Iron Range, with unemployment and it breaks my heart.  It’s always been the American dream to settle down someplace, have a family and not only make a mark for yourself but also to have the satisfaction that through your own hard efforts, you succeeded. All you...
Mark your calendars.The City of Staples is hosting the annual Staples Area Cleanup Day Friday, June 3,  3-7 p.m. at the city street shop/compost site area (12th St NE).  All township residents surrounding Staples are welcome to utilize this service. The Staples Area Cleanup Day is designed to allow...
Last week, May 2-6, was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Even though I’m a week late, I believe it is essential I take time to recognize all our district teachers. It’s never too late to say “Thank you!” I first knew I wanted to be a teacher when I met my first grade teacher. I absolutely adored...
In recognition of National Police Week 2016, May 15-21, communities across the United States will come together to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. o There are...
During a CNN presidential town hall on Feb. 3, an 81-year-old man from Concord, NH, with phase IV colon cancer, Jim Kinhan, asked Hillary Clinton what she could do to “help advance the respectful conversation that is needed around this personal choice that people may make, as we age and deal with...

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