Opinion

Naughton Makes Major Announcement

In light of recent news headlines, I feel that the time has come for me to make a formal announcement regarding my plans for the future. After having multiple conversations with members of my beloved family and with several of my most trusted advisors, I have decided not to run for President of the United

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My Last Nickel

You have seen the news on the front page and I have been allowed one more chance to make you chuckle before the new boss kicks me out of here. I have often used this space to laugh at myself, to laugh with you or to to attempt to provide a clever outlook on the

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Protecting A Child’s Unalienable Rights

When I was a member of my high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, a guest speaker was brought in to talk to our group about our plans for the future. The career advisor asked each of the students in the room what they wanted to do for a living. My classmates indicated that

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There and Back Again

After reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” from cover to cover last Sunday, I discovered two undeniable truths about myself. One, spending eight hours lost within the pages of a good book is infinitely more satisfying to me than mindlessly wasting my time on the internet, and two, I am Bilbo Baggins. Aside from certain physical

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T-shirts, Memes, and Role Models

“You find it offensive. I find it funny. That’s why I’m happier than you.” The above quote has been making its way around the world in one form or another for some time now. I encounter it on the internet at least once a week. It’s on scores of t-shirts and coffee mugs available for

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For the Good of Our Children

Imagine, if you will, that you work in a small room filled with tables, desks, chairs, bookshelves, storage carts, and 20 living, breathing, sneezing, and coughing human beings. Some of those human beings suffer from attention deficit disorder. One or two show signs of PTSD. Another has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder. A few

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Turn out the lights

I have always loved football. When I was a young boy, I wore replica jerseys with my name on the back, ironed-on by my mom. My room was a shrine to the game. NFL sheets and curtains. Helmets and footballs. Trading cards and posters. I never played organized football, except for one season of flag

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I Wouldn’t Bet Against Me

Not long ago, I came to the realization that if I didn’t start taking my writing more seriously, then no one else would either. After promising myself that I would devote more time and energy to writing in 2019, I set four writing goals for the month of January. I’m proud to tell you, faithful

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Hail to the Chiefs (Fans)

Despite the fact that I have lived 46 of my 47 years in the state of Missouri, I’ve never counted myself among those folks who proudly call themselves members of “Chiefs Kingdom”. In fact, I spent a fair portion of my years actively rooting against the Chiefs as a member of “Raider Nation”. Last Sunday,

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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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