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Staples PrideThere are so many things to be proud of in our community, but I cringe when I see the “beautiful” gardens along Second Avenue. What were planned to show off our town are instead a disaster of thistle, milkweed, trees and other weeds and litter. I can find the roses if I pull the weeds....
As commodity prices remain low and rural economies struggle, farmers and rural citizens need a strong safety net to stay afloat until conditions improve.However, the budget proposals from the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives do not address that need. The House Budget Committee...
Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in our communities who work tirelessly to make our neighborhoods safer and more vibrant places to live and raise families. These professionals are on duty each and every day to...
This past summer I was invited to teach literary interpretation and academic writing at a small Reformed-Christian seminary outside of Seoul, South Korea. At the close of two intense weeks of instruction, which consisted of six hours of lectures and discussion each day, I was ready to decompress....
Colton Thompson, Craig Wolhowe and Staples-Motley Basketball Boosters, thanks for hosting the second annual Alumni Basketball games.  They were great to watch and it brought in more teams and people than last year.  Keep them coming. We really enjoyed watching them.  
On June 27, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt proposed repealing the Clean Water Rule, which restored federal protections to half our nation’s streams and thousands of wetlands across the country. John Rumpler, the clean water program director for Environment...
We periodically test and retest the limits of free speech - in effect, revisiting the legal and societal implications of that old childhood refrain, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Recently, free speech has been winning… even when it hurts, as surely it...
Dear President Trump, A couple of questions for you, about the health care stuff. And, on the pretty good chance that you won’t reply to me directly or personally, I would like to issue a request/invitation for Trump supporters to help you out and offer some answers on your behalf. It’s about your...

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