Opinion

Empty trailers and full hearts

Every hero has a fatal flaw—a weakness or vulnerability that can lead to their ultimate demise. Achilles, the greatest warrior of the Trojan Wars, was killed when an arrow struck his heel. Superman’s “Achilles’ Heel,” as Lex Luthor learned, is Kryptonite. Bethany’s sole weakness appears to be her inability to whistle. That’s not entirely true.

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The benefits of opening worm cans

The summer has already been a discussion of “news we didn’t think we would be talking about:” First, school lunch debt amounting to about what a first-year teacher makes – thus getting the Southern Boone Public one step closer to actually thinking about what teachers are paid – even if they don’t realize it; and,

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Run Tiana, Run

You might recall reading a column I wrote last year about my daughter Tiana participating in the Girls on the Run program that helps empower young girls. The weeks-long program culminated in a 5k run/walk—Tiana’s first such event. Tiana, who was born with cerebral palsy, has extreme tightness in her legs that forces her to

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Thanks for your friendship

I woke up Saturday morning at one of Missouri’s beautiful state parks and discovered a true friend, Clay Austin, had passed away on Friday. That loss changes how you look at the beauty of the trails, woods and scenic vistas of Harry Truman Reservoir. Clay Austin was a life-long educator, tireless volunteer and a real

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It’s Hammer Time

“Do you really need another vehicle?” Bethany the Voice of Reason asked after I informed her of my recent quest to locate and procure a classic truck. A less experienced husband may have answered with, “Do you really need another five dollar coffee from Starbucks when we have perfectly good coffee at home?” Instead, I

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No Lemonade Fest, No Free Lunch

The City of Ashland will not re-visit the Lemonade Fest this June. Or did you notice? The city’s Park Board experimented with a June festival in the park and the response was…..meh. Not horrible. But not a huge hit, either. However, the Park Board does have a major event coming up this summer and it

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Summer is for building a better world

It is a statistical fact that many students’ Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) scores will actually be lower next fall than they were at the end of the previous school year. Educators call this the “summer slide.” The DRA is a tool used by teachers to assess students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension in order to

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Fidgeting for a Spinner

“Is your son going to spend his summer with a collection of fidget spinners,” I asked the mom sitting next to me at a meeting last week. The mom, who has three kids and a husband in her amazing Ashland family enjoys her anonymity and utilizes the pseudonym Tracy Bond in this column (see if

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National Mental Health Awareness Month

With the recent apparent suicide of Chris Cornell, the phenomenal lead vocalist of the bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog, another exceptional talent was taken from us far too soon. Though his wife disputes the coroner’s finding that Cornell intentionally took his own life, the fact is that the singer struggled with depression

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My Neck of the Woods is on the Road

Most writers have an office, den, or other favorite place where they can go to be alone and focus on their craft. Until recently, I was an exception to that rule. My habit was to simply hunker down on whatever piece of furniture was farthest away from my boisterous family. More often than not, I

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