Equity is built into rural roots
By Jane Leonard
President, Growth & Justice
(Excerpts from forward in Region Five Development Commission’s Rural Communities Equity Action Guide)
Simply and powerfully, “EQUITY” is just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate,...
Fischbach votes against house rules package, electoral certification
Recenty, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a package of rules that will govern the body in the 117th Congress. In response, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07)...
Rural news media will help vaccine rollout
By Al Cross
Director and Professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky
Rural hospitals and other health-care providers face special challenges in getting coronavirus vaccines to the public, but rural news media,...
Arts changed in 2020, will revive in 2021
By Mark Turner
Five Wings Arts Council
As 2020 comes to a close (thank goodness), I am truly humbled and inspired by the dedication, hard work, resiliency and passion of our Five Wings Arts community. It is tempting to look back and...
Schools keeping up with COVID-19 needs
By Shane Tappe
Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent
As we continue to navigate this unprecedented school year, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the resolve and commitment of Staples-Motley School students, teachers, staff and families.
Covering our great community
I like the Staples World paper and staff. The photographs on the front page are often “works of art” that would be hard to beat by any newspaper.
I’m especially reminded of the evening shot of the local township staying open for voters. It was always a “chatty” fun...
Data shows Americans increased time with newspapers during pandemic
By Bob Sillick
Editor and Publisher Magazine
When the pandemic struck, news was as essential to the public as the most important household items they were panic-buying at stores or online. Although TV viewership increased,...
By Mark Anderson
The newspaper is a public forum. As such, we like for our readers to submit story ideas, photos, opinions and reactions every week.
Unlike social media, the newspaper screens out hate speech, false information, and unfair personal attacks. That is why we consider...
By Mike Holst
I dreamed a dream the other night that this year for Christmas, I could just go back and relive one of the 79 Christmases I have experienced in my life, instead of creating another one. Although most of them are lost to memory, a few of them are still there in my meandering thoughts...
Make customers safe
After spending the weekend with my mother in Motley, Sunday morning I said to myself “I need to get out of this town before it kills me”. Maskless employees. Barely-masked employees. Maskless customers.
I like to support local businesses in Staples and Motley. The grocery...