Opinion

The president will now declare what many of us experience first hand, the opioid epidemic is a national emergency. Frankly, with as many as 59,000 deaths in 2016, there doesn’t seem to be any other possible description. So many dedicated people in cities and towns, faith communities and schools,...
“Let me look that up on the Internet quick.”  Phrases like that and more could become a thing of the past if the Federal Communication Commission has its way and does away with net neutrality. It’s a real issue and the vote that could change the Internet as we currently know it will happen nexxt...
One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors,” or lawyers, or even just “consultants.” Whatever they’re called,...
At Motley-Staples Middle School we pride ourselves on providing experiences that allow students to give back, while helping them grow as giving citizens.  Every year thousands of students in Minnesota attend a large event at the Xcel Energy that includes celebrities, inspirational speakers and...
The FCC is proposing to eliminate net neutrality. Net neutrality is defined as: the Internet is a public utility like the phone company. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the Internet. How does this affect us as rural Internet users? First, a little background. I already pay for Internet access for...
Twenty-nine years ago, Larry Mahoney drove his pickup truck down the wrong side of Kentucky’s Interstate 71 hitting a church bus head on, killing 24 children and three adults. The incident which became known as the Carrollton Bus Crash remains the deadliest drunk driving incident in American...
As the country begins to digest the revelations in the new offshore tax haven leak known as the “Paradise Papers,” it’s important to not lose sight of the fact that the Congressional tax plan is out along with promises that it will end the gaming that has allowed multinational firms to shift...

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