Opinion

Savor Every Moment

I went to my first high school prom 31 years ago. A lifetime ago, really. I was only a sophomore, but because my girlfriend was a senior, I was allowed to attend. I can hardly recall anything about the dance itself, but I do remember Liz looking positively gorgeous in her shiny pink dress while

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The Way Things Are Meant to Be

Well, it happened again. I cried at school the other day. I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I’m not at all surprised. In fact, I saw it coming weeks ago. This is nothing new for me. I’ve been crying at school ever since I was in kindergarten. I went to five different schools in

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Welcome Back, Tiger

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Tiger Woods shocked the world by winning his fifth Masters Tournament championship. Just two years earlier, many people thought Woods might never swing a golf club again. His unlikely return to the pinnacle of the sport is a story of both physical rehabilitation and personal redemption. The winner of 81

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House Bill 267 vs. the First Amendment

Missouri state Representative Ben Baker is a Republican minister and a former dean of students at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho, Missouri. He has recently introduced a bill in the state legislature that would require Missouri state education officials to develop guidelines and standards for teaching Bible classes in public schools. It is important to

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Twenty Years in SoBoCo

In the spring of 1999, Bethany and I bought our first home together, a modest 1,950 square-foot house situated in the middle of ten heavily-wooded acres in Southern Boone County, Missouri. Bethany worked as an occupational therapist in Jefferson City back then. I was a meat cutter in Columbia, where we had been living since

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Making the World a Little Bit Better

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have to write this column. In a perfect world, you would instead be reading the accounts of my family’s recent camping misadventures, including stories about the hideous noises coming from under the hood of our 19-year-old Chevy Suburban, a non-functioning camper furnace, and a relaxing three-mile hike on Taum

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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

The most common motor disability in childhood is cerebral palsy (CP), a debilitating condition that affects over 17 million people worldwide. Despite the fact that 1 in approximately 323 children in the United States has CP, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the condition remains a mystery to most folks, maybe

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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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