Opinion

On Monday, General Motors (GM) announced it will be shutting down five factories and cutting almost 14,000 jobs in North America.  With this announcement just weeks before the holidays, thousands of American families, along with the communities in Maryland, Michigan and Ohio that they live in, now...
A raid in north central Nebraska put a spotlight on immigration in rural America. It targeted alleged labor exploitation by a local employment agency. It swept up more than 100 community members and employees of local businesses. The raid highlighted how deeply immigration is reshaping rural...
Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list. Lawmakers should approve a farm bill that includes closing loopholes in commodity payments, renewing major conservation programs and continuing programs that offer...
As news broke of former President George H.W. Bush’s passing on Nov. 30, 2018, at the age of 94, I remembered how in 1985, then Vice President Bush spoke at my graduation from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. I found this picture in my college yearbook and it brought back memories of that day when...
School Veterans Program This is an apology for the heartless treatment the good people of Motley received from the Staples school administration regarding the Veterans Day program on Nov. 8. At the regular Legion meeting on Oct. 18, we were informed by our commander, Tom Ladwig, and our wanna-be...
Most Americans will become caregivers for a loved one at some point in their lives. According to the National Alliance on Caregivers, approximately 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months.  “Caregivers come from all walks of life and may be our...
[Editor’s note: The Man from the North is a fictional character from Rivera Sun’s first series of novels. She has him offering essays beyond her novels.]    The time is up. The time is now. Gather the people to do the work: the healing, transformative, deepening work of building community,...

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