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sion behind us, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on the outcome of our broadband discussions at the State Capitol. As you likely know, $35 million in state funding was dedicated to the next round of our successful border-to-border broadband competitive grant fund. In its first two...
One of the most rewarding parts of working at the Capitol is seeing ideas turn into law to help residents in our state. Since I was sworn-in, I’ve tried to provide high-speed broadband internet access for our rural areas. With the passage and signature of our supplemental budget bill, $35 million...
After another year of intelligent, thought-provoking, and civil debate, the Cultural Center in New York Mills announces the winner of the 24th annual Great American Think-Off. Sam Dennison of San Francisco, Calif., successfully argued that income inequality does indeed threaten democracy.  Dennison...
There is much that we do not yet know about the casual slaughter of at least 50 people in Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  Why did the shooter, a 29-year-old American citizen, choose that day? Did he act alone? Did ISIS motivate him to turn murderer - and if so, how...
Millions of men will wake up Sunday to handmade cards, neckties, and, maybe, a new electronic gadget. It’s Father’s Day 2016, a time to acknowledge dear old Dad. But beyond this increasingly commercialized day of purchasing manly presents lies a deeper, more important question: where is fatherhood...
Fifteen to twenty people have been meeting since February planning June Fest hoping to enhance the Motley Fair experience this year. This group of determined retiree’s, business people, representatives of various Motley organizations wanting to create a destination every June for families, Motley...
We would like to invite everyone to the Motley Fair! This year the Motley Fair and Motley June Fest are being held in conjunction with each other so there will something for everyone to do.  The fair runs June 17-19 and June Fest activities will be June 18 and 19. On Friday the fair will be...
Lots of folks fly the flag every day as a show of patriotism, but what many might not know is there are specific rules outlined in the U.S. Flag Code concerning its display. For example, flying the flag 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is not necessarily appropriate. If you fly the flag at night, it...
Editor’s Note: Two dates rapidly approaching on the calendar caught our attention. We hope they are of as much interest to our readers as they are us.   Our legal foundation Americans tend to view the Founding Fathers with reverential awe, as if they alone gave birth to representative democracy,...
City of Motley tax dollars The City of Motley has lost another employee - Terri Smith, the city clerk/treasurer. In the last year or so the city has lost one chief of police, two police officers, one deputy clerk and one attorney. The city now has one police chief, one part-time police officer, no...

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