Opinion

October’s Brilliant Arrival

With October’s arrival, it is the power of air that shapes the pattern of movement on the land. For days, the air seems to stop moving altogether. To hang dry and heavy around all that it touches. To steal energy and drive good intentions back indoors in search of cool, conditioned air. At night, spiders

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Impeachment: Why Clinton’s didn’t happen but Trump’s will

Dear Editor, More than a few political talk shows have compared Bill Clinton’s impeachment attempt to Donald Trump’s. The difference is this. Clinton’s actions were deemed unethical, but were ultimately determined to be of a personal nature and not harmful to the security to the United States. President Donald Trump has been accused in the

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Letters to the Editor: It’s not manatory to like Trump

Dear Editor, Mr. Naughton continues to astound me with his dribble and rhetoric. He is a master at dredging through past events, cherry picking the ones that allows him the luxury of inserting his slanted opinion. In a not so masterful way Mr. Naughton then pieces together a tapestry in his mind of how these

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Make America Great Again, 2020

In 2003, my son Alex was just two-years-old, but I was already thinking about the possibility of him being sent to fight in the Middle East in a never-ending War on Terror. That prospect still scares me to death nearly 17 years later. When U.S. intelligence determined that the Taliban-controlled government of Afghanistan had been

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Start of the Change

When I accepted an invitation to be the temporary music teacher at Southern Boone County Primary School to begin the new school year, I was overjoyed. Being a music teacher had been a childhood dream of mine, and despite knowing that the gig would end whenever a certified music teacher could be hired on a

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Serendipity in September

I have always suspected that my wife Bethany and her sister Charla are identical, rather than fraternal twins. Until last weekend, I had no scientific basis on which to make this determination, but a fair amount of anecdotal evidence did support my hypothesis. For starters, the girls look very similar to one another. Even their

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It’s Really Not About Me

If you are a regular reader of my weekly missives, you have probably come to the conclusion that Travis Naughton likes writing about Travis Naughton. I won’t deny it. It’s completely true of course.  As a writer and a philosopher, I am guided by two edicts: “Write what you know,” (attributed to the world-famous author

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Life is a Blur

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur for yours truly, (and not just because I’ve been taking prescription painkillers). You may recall reading in last week’s column that I was recently named the interim music teacher at Southern Boone County Primary School. Someone else had been hired to replace the

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Mr. Naughton’s Opus

My senior year of high school began thirty years ago this month. A lifetime ago really. Back in 1989, I thought I would become a music teacher like my band director/role model Mr. Craig Buck. However, as John Lennon sang in “Beautiful Boy” (a song featured years later in “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, a film about

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Did I do Enough?

Over the next few weeks, millions of young adults like my son Alex will leave their parents’ homes and head off to college. Perhaps you have a son or daughter who will be leaving the nest soon, too. If so, please know that you are not alone. I understand all-too-well what you’re feeling right now.

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