Opinion

Prayers for Braeden

You may recall reading a column I wrote a few years ago about Shelly and Wes Sconce, two of the best human beings you’ll ever meet. I’ve known Wes since our freshman year at Mizzou, way back in 1990. Wes was the one guy in our dorm who could never be persuaded to join me

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Steps must be taken to make our schools safer

Last Wednesday’s Florida school shooting can no longer be called an “unimaginable horror.” If fact, such massacres have become very imaginable. Tragically, they have become very predictable horrors. A predictable tragedy that the United States people and its leadership has seemingly been content with as a tradeoff for its Second Amendment rights – until now.

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Naughton for Governor

I was a seventeen-year-old, trombone-playing band geek when George H. W. Bush was elected president of the United States in 1988. In the eight previous years, the benefits of Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down economics” never managed to trickle-down to the Naughton family of Hannibal, Missouri, so I was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of entering

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Winter Olympics right outside

It’s Winter Olympics time and this past weekend I got to see Huck, our Boston Terrier, compete in the short track speed skating. On weekend mornings, it is typical that I rise around 6:30 a.m., make the coffee, get the breakfast goodies out and ready to make breakfast then feed the dog. As Huck prefers

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Fathers, Daughters, and Thin Mints

Ever since I was recruited to be a group leader for the local Girl Scouts’ summer camp a couple years ago, I have been a big fan of the organization and their mission to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” When the Southern Boone Girl Scouts asked

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The worst news for a kid in 1968

You will be seeing a lot of news items this year reminding you of all the news items of 1968 – it was 50 years ago that all kinds of stuff hit the fan. For me, 1968 was full of personal “tragedy” – it was the year I realized my baby brother, now two years

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A Nation of Wheels

Americans are infatuated with, and completely dependent upon, the mighty and miraculous Wheel. Imagine what our great nation would be like without cars, trucks, trains, buses, tractors, wagons, trailers, motorcycles, unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, golf carts, shopping carts, motorhomes, airplanes and other wheeled machines. In this country, the Wheel represents not only mobility, but also freedom

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Underrated or overrated?

When I am putting 790 miles on the car in one weekend, that means there will be a large number of podcasts involved. Some of the top podcasts with newsmakers include a sort of “thumbs up or thumbs down” segment in which CEOs, athletes or newsmakers provide opinions. After going stir-crazy in the Honda, it

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Becoming Hooked on Books

My friends, I have a confession to make. As a writer, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that I just returned three books to the Ashland branch of the Daniel Boone Regional Library that I never bothered to read. What’s worse is that they sat on my dusty bookshelf for a full six weeks before

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Miniature electronics in your future

The problem with cleaning out closets is that you find things you think you may want to keep. Often they are the very things that your spouse has been encouraging you to toss. So it was that I found myself flipping through a seven-year-old copy of Smithsonian Magazine dedicated to what would be happening 40-years

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