Opinion

Supreme Court judge is a good choice   The Constitution states that it’s the President’s prerogative to appoint a replacement to the Supreme Court when a vacancy occurs. In fact, three Supreme Court justices, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were confirmed within 45 days after a vacancy (Sandra Day O...
Submission note: This letter was held one week in respect to the President’s health; hope he is doing well now.   Political respect   Thank you, Jayme, for your comments regarding the profanity on many of the Trump signs. It is only one of so many things this president has emboldened people to do...
Time to reconsider wearing masks By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   COVID-19 is expanding into our area in larger numbers. In the name of slowing the pandemic, we have to keep limiting large gatherings and wearing masks. In light of recent events, those who have refused to wear a mask must start...
Start of school, new process for facilities question By Shane Tappe Staples-Motley Schools Superintendent   No doubt, the start of the 2020-21 school year was unlike anything we’ve seen at Staples-Motley Schools. COVID-19 has dramatically changed daily classroom routines, but we’re embracing the...
Setting a better example   This letter is in response to Jayme Carlson’s powerful letter in the Sept 23 issue of the Staples World. I totally agree with her statements about the obscene, vulgar and disrespectful messages we have seen and heard about the political candidates. I have seen the...
Disrespectful campaign practices   I know we are in a political season and with that we see political signs supporting different candidates. This year our political climate feels much different. This has been displayed by several billboards/signs/flags/shirts my family has seen on our highways,...
The art of giving political speeches By Lee H. Hamilton   I was talking to a friend not long ago who was pretty down on politics in all its forms. “I actually find real enjoyment in politics,” I told him. He asked if I was nuts. No, I said, there’s a lot of pleasure, even joy to be found in...
Data confirms that wages go further in rural Minnesota By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Wages are lower in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota, but costs are also lower. It has been a long disputed argument over whether city or rural residents are getting a better deal.  A study by the...
Remembering Railroad Days Small town diet, By Mark Anderson, Editor - o -    This is the week we would normally be printing dozens of photos from Railroad Days in Staples. The coronavirus put a stop to the celebration this year, so this might be a good time to reflect on what makes the celebration...
Slanted coverage   I feel like your article on Bryce Williams portrayed him as some kind of folk hero, it was inherently incorrect and further espouses violence. Where does this guy get his money to protest all over the country? The police have pics of him committing arson, but in his opinion they...

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