Opinion

Another Brick in the Wall

By Travis Naughton In his now infamous December 11th meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, President Trump threatened to allow a partial shutdown of the federal government if his demand for over $5 billion to build a wall on the United States’ southern border was not met. Mr. Trump vowed, “I will take the

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The Casual Racist

In mid-Missouri, a 60-degree day in January is cause for celebration. For owners of classic cars and trucks, a warm and sunny Winter day is a perfect excuse to wake-up their hibernating hot rods and go for a cruise. That’s exactly what a good friend and I did last Saturday. After charging the battery of

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To All the Cars I’ve Loved Before

Thirty-one years have passed since I became a licensed driver, and in that time, I have owned thirty-two automobiles. I also briefly possessed a tired Yamaha motorcycle and a battered motorhome. I’m not even counting the vehicles I held in inventory when I had a car dealer license for two years. I can admit that

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New Me, Year Three

With Christmas and most of 2018 now behind us, it’s time once again to look ahead to the coming year. You’ll be delighted to learn, however, that I’ve decided to waive my right to bore you with yet another list of Travis Naughton’s New Year’s resolutions. You’re welcome. The last resolution I made was for

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Right and Wrong

When I was an eighteen-year-old freshman at Mizzou, way back in 1990, I decided to flaunt my newfound independence from my parents by getting an ear pierced. What a rebel I was! If getting a piercing while sitting in a comfy chair at Claire’s Boutique in the Columbia Mall doesn’t prove to your parents and

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Compassionate, Kind and Capable

“Buncha friggin leeches…get back to work on our taxpayer dime…” The previous quote was written by a member of our community and posted to a local buy/sell group’s Facebook page. (I took screenshots of the now-deleted post for future reference.) It was directed at my friends and colleagues, the teachers of the Southern Boone School

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This Christmas, be careful what you wish for

When robots inevitably liberate themselves from their human overlords and decimate mankind, let it be noted that it all began with the seemingly innocuous and helpful Roomba. A Roomba is a self-propelled vacuum sweeper produced by iRobot that can be remotely-programed to complete cleaning tasks throughout a home without much human involvement. As an early

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Crazy Middle-Class Naughtons

Living in a small community in mid-Missouri, my Chinese-born children Truman and Tiana have grown accustomed to seeing mostly white faces wherever they go. Though our beloved hometown of Ashland is slowly but surely becoming more ethnically diverse than it was when Bethany and I first moved here nearly 20 years ago, our kids see

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Hope, Heart, and Greatness

When Parker Boyce, Will Duncan, Colby Phillips, Brett Price, Brett Stanfield, and Sam Stichnote started playing tackle football as third-graders, I knew they were destined for greatness. The boys, including my son Alex, were teamed up with Southern Boone’s fourth-grade boys their first year. The combined roster featured future high school standouts such as Seth

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Happy Fall, Y’all

The combination of freezing temperatures and strong winds that recently visited mid-Missouri caused virtually all of the deciduous trees on our heavily-wooded property to drop their leaves in unison, with the exception of the pin oaks that will stubbornly cling to their shriveled foliage until Spring. Every square foot of our two and a half

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