Opinion

Hurricane Season

One of the best things about writing for a small-town newspaper is the feedback, both positive and negative, that I regularly receive from readers. Over the years, a few of you have made phone calls or written letters to the editor to voice your displeasure with something that I wrote. I respect that. I’m not

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The pen is mightier than the shotgun

While there is no evidence that the cold-blooded murderer who killed five journalists with a shotgun at Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper last week was influenced by Donald Trump’s contempt for the free press, there is little doubt that the president’s vitriol has put the security of journalists, and the institution of free speech, at risk.

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The Great Naughton RV Adventure of 2018 (Part One)

I’m listening to a recording of Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt performing “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” as the sun sets on the Great Smoky Mountains that surround our campsite. Tree frogs, crickets, and the occasional bird accompany the two banjo legends as I strum along on my homemade, one-string, cigar box guitar I had the forethought

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Writer, Stay-at-Home Parent, Daredevil

Microsoft Word features dozens, possibly thousands, of clever templates that a person can use to simplify almost any writing project. Actually, “simplify” isn’t the right word. Using a template is really just a safer way of completing a writing task. It minimizes the chances of making a mistake. Using a template reduces risk. I submit

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Water, Electricity, and Propane—Oh My!

As a homeowner and motorhome owner, there are certain areas of maintenance and repair work that I try to avoid at all costs: plumbing, electrical, and propane. Unfortunately, I have had to deal with more than my fair share of disasters/near disasters in all three of those categories lately. Fortunately, I lived to tell the

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Is Sen. Claire McCaskill lucky?

That’s the conventional wisdom. “She always seems to be able to draw aces,” former Sen. John Danforth told The New York Times. “She’s a lucky duck,” former Missouri GOP chairman John Hancock told Politico. Both men were referring to the impact of the Eric Greitens scandal on this year’s Missouri Senate race. State Attorney General

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First Job, Worst Job

My oldest child Alex, soon to be a senior in high school, has a job. An honest-to-goodness, punch-a-timeclock, pay-your-taxes job. Yesterday he was a kindergartener, and today he’s a 6’3” tall, seventeen-year-old member of the work force. How did THAT happen? When I was Alex’s age, I was flipping burgers at a Wendy’s restaurant for

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Guest Column: “Adulting”

I never heard the term until last week when I read an Associated Press story about a bank in Columbia, Missouri, hosting a series of adulting classes. My first thought was that adulting was some sort of pornographic term. What I found out was that adulting classes were to teach millennials how to navigate grown-up

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Get out of my house

There is a mouse living in my house and his name is Wayne. For the record, I did not invite Wayne to live in my house. In fact, I would like it very much if he would be so kind as to seek accommodations elsewhere. Also, in case you were curious, I did not give

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Guest Column: You really matter

Just in case you’re wondering… YOU MATTER! I’m speaking from the heart. It’s plain and simple. Another graduation goes by and all I can think about is the impressions left on these kids, well, young adults. Not by their peers. Not by their teachers. But, by YOU! You may be asking yourself lots of questions

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