Refusing to wear a mask
I’m sorry Lisa, but I feel that I must respond to your letter to the editor in last week’s Staples World. I have a very different view regarding the wearig of masks.
First, I also strongly urge the support of our local businesses. I was once the President of the Staples...
Predictions for 2020 falling short
Small town diet
By Mark Anderson
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The year 2020 was supposed to be the year of vision. We always associated 20/20 with excellent eyesight. Good vision is a metaphor for being able to predict the future. So how did 2020 turn out to be the worst...
Support wearing masks
Since moving to Staples in 1974, I have purchased most of my cars, appliances, lawn mowers, flooring, gas, paint, pharmacy supplies and groceries locally. I believe in shopping locally first.
I now live with someone who is 90 years old and is on hospice. That means I am very...
Small towns responding to global pandemic
By Leah Kemp
Mississippi State University Small Town Center
Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations.
The coronavirus added new challenges, like...
By Dr. Hara Charlier, President of Central Lakes College
It’s remarkable that only a few short months ago we took the initial steps to deal with COVID-19. Since then, the pandemic has dramatically altered our lives in ways we will always remember. Although there are still unknowns about the...
Unemployment affecting 800,000 Minnesotans
By Steve Grove
Minnesota Departmnet of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program has received more than 800,000 applications for unemployment....
Save energy this summer
There are quick and free ways to reduce your energy and water costs. For example, you can order a free water conservation kit complements of Minnesota Energy Resources, the natural gas company that serves Staples.
These kits are free to Minnesota Energy Resources customers...
Special session a train wreck for cities
By Audrey Nelsen,
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities President
The special session was a train wreck, between the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn and recent civil unrest. Minnesotans need strong state leadership at the Legislature now more than...
The entire world is looking at Minnesota and wondering how we became the center of global race riots. We prided ourselves in Minnesota Nice, we thought we were upstanding citizens. But there were signs that this wasn’t being shared by all Minnesotans. We were one of the worst states in achievement...
Individual rights during a pandemic
How should the conflict between a more Authoritarian approach and Individual Rights be handled in a time of pandemic.
It would seem to me that once we are reasonably confident that the health care system will not be overwhelmed, we should encourage health care...