Opinion

Last week, May 2-6, was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Even though I’m a week late, I believe it is essential I take time to recognize all our district teachers. It’s never too late to say “Thank you!” I first knew I wanted to be a teacher when I met my first grade teacher. I absolutely adored...
In recognition of National Police Week 2016, May 15-21, communities across the United States will come together to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. o There are...
During a CNN presidential town hall on Feb. 3, an 81-year-old man from Concord, NH, with phase IV colon cancer, Jim Kinhan, asked Hillary Clinton what she could do to “help advance the respectful conversation that is needed around this personal choice that people may make, as we age and deal with...
On April 18 incoming 8th graders and their families were welcomed to the high school campus with a special open house just for them. We had amazing attendance at our open house - only six families were not able to attend. What a great night - you could feel the excitement in the air!  Our night...
Spring Cleanup - Staples Community Pride Initiative was initiated to show the pride that we have in our great community. Community pride was identified as a focus area through the Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) planning process, which engaged over 100 community members who shared their ideas...
If you’re like me, you probably didn’t get your Arbor Day cards sent out in time (I’m still working on Christmas); but, there’s still time to plant a tree. According to a Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” I am so glad that the City of...
I am pleased to see nominations already being submitted for what we should call our school buildings moving forward. The nominations have been fun to read. It’s obvious some thought has been put into this naming/re-naming process. There is still plenty of time and we hope to get many more...
Mark Anderson
The people are coming. There’s a projection of hundreds of new jobs in Staples over the next few years. For small towns, sudden economic growth is like the goose that laid the golden egg: it is an enviable windfall, but major issues can develop along with it. I attended two presentations of “...
As America recovers slowly from the Great Recession, many of our fellow citizens remain mired in poverty. Economic trends, cultural changes and changes in family and marriage patterns are combining in new ways that make it harder for those born on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder to lift...

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