Opinion

By Connie Nelson Hands of Hope Resource Center   February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an initiative spearheaded by teens across the nation to take a stand against dating violence. In 2005 the initiative received national attention when it was added to the Violence Against Women Act,...
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has a new plan for reducing the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. by 20 percent by 2025. AFSP’s Project 2025 is using the “top minds in the mental healthcare field coupled with dynamic data modeling” to target four key focus areas, which they’...
Minnesota’s first estimate of youth sexual exploitation indicates that at least 5,000 high school-age youth in the state have traded sex in order to receive  money, food, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay or something else of value. The data shows the exploitation of high school students is happening...
By Becky McCray saveyour.town   People still ask me why small towns matter and whether rural areas have any future at all. The way I see it, we need small towns and hometowns for at least five reasons.  1) Agriculture and food production almost all happens in the rural places, and small towns are...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   This week marks the return of the Cardinal Chronicle, a publication that has appeared in different forms in the Staples World for nearly a century. We plan to print a full page once a month on the back page of the Staples World. Pictured below are a couple of...
By Ron Kresha State Rep Dist (9B)   Education is an equalizer. Children, no matter their socio-economic status, race, or background, when educated, can leverage opportunities never imagined. Education is critical to reducing racial disparities, income gaps, fostering entrepreneurial endeavors,...
By Lee H. Hamilton   You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” At a time when Americans are as polarized as I’ve ever seen them and many people believe our...
Remedy for winter ‘blahs’   Recently I played trivia in a local bar with three recently retired friends. I still work.  All three remarked about how nice it was to be able to get out of the house and have something to look forward to. One admitted that the highlight of her day was watching Jeopardy...
I find the most nerve-wracking driving to be during that period of low light in early morning or early evening, the time when it is neither truly dark nor daylight. There is not sufficient natural light, and headlights are less effective. Twilight is one name for it, though we most often associate...
From the National Institute of Mental Health   Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not considered as a separate disorder. It is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific...

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