Opinion

Recently, there’s been a spike in the debate around the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI). UBI basically means that if you’re alive you deserve to receive enough money to keep you above the poverty line and provide for all your basic needs. The money can come from either a government or some...
My wife and I were visiting in the Staples area and had an opportunity to attend “A Cardinal Christmas” presented by the Staples-Motley High School Music Department on Dec. 19. We were greatly impressed with the musical quality of the various musical groups.  In addition we were very appreciative...
“Farm kid skills” became an important concept at the Building a 21st Century Workforce conference at NJPA in December. At the manufacturing, robotics and transportation small group session, which was primarily shop teachers, other educators, mixed in with manufacturing and administrative people,...
Pope Francis released the annual World Day of Peace Message for January 1, 2017, called “Nonviolence-A Style of Politics for Peace.” This is the Vatican’s fiftieth World Day of Peace message, but its first statement on nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....
When you spend 40 to 60 or even 70 hours a week doing your local government job, it probably doesn’t occur to you that your bosses will deny you the same pay increase that everyone else in your organization gets when the bosses approve annual pay scales. Your job is described in Minnesota Statutes...
By Tom Emery   Some say it just isn’t Christmas without the poinsettia, a colorful addition to the holiday season.  Outside of his native state, the flower’s namesake has been lost to history. The plant is named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico, who distributed...
Wrestling fan I graduated 50 years ago from Staples High School and was proud to be a wrestler under the outstanding guidance of Don Dravis, Norm Card, Greg Lieferman and others. I still follow wrestling closely and it’s very exciting to see the Staples-Motley Cardinal wrestling program making...
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or...

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