Opinion

Time to share the road with cycles

It is the time of year when everyone gets outside to enjoy our best weather of the year, get some exercise and, often, co-mingle with the cars. It is also the time of year we begin to see cyclists from Columbia roll through town. Wearing what one cycling dissenter calls their “Captain America” suits, the

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83% the man I used to be

I’ve lost 29 pounds since January 1st, roughly 17% of my New Year’s Day body weight. In a very real sense, 17% of the old Travis A. Naughton no longer exists. Therefore I’m only 83% the man I used to be. I wonder if I can fit that on my business card or into the

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Best advice you never asked for

If you thought this was just another graduating class from Southern Boone High School, you would be wrong. This class of 2017 is, at the risk of irritating mom and dads of previous classes, more accomplished than any other. Still, they could use the advice from the standard commencement address guy. So I give to

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Fruity Pebbles and Race Relations

Before I sat down to write this week’s column on Sunday, April 30, I read a story online commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Although a quarter century has passed since that terrible moment in time, I still remember April 30, 1992 like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore at

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Press dinner more than you think

The annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner was held Saturday evening in Washington, D.C. and most of the fanfare surrounding it was about President Donald Trump not attending. In fact, it was more than just the president not attending. Pres. Trump, who has claimed that this country’s journalists were an “enemy” to their country, knew he

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A hug from Uncle Travis

Be it in a delivery room at a hospital or an adoption agency’s office, meeting your child for the very first time is one of the single most emotionally powerful experiences any human being can have. In a delivery room, it is rare for anyone other than immediate family members and medical professionals to witness

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How not to plan a wedding

I will be in Houston this weekend to attend the wedding of a good friend’s son. I will also have the opportunity to see my youngest daughter who recently became engaged. Which left her mother and I slightly stunned. Amy and her boyfriend recently took a week’s vacation to Nicaragua in order to hike to

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Exercise your rights—while you still can

Many Americans believe that the right to bear arms, as stated in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, is an unassailable, immutable, irrevocable human right conferred upon each citizen of the United States of America. Some who align themselves with the far-right of the political spectrum get very upset at any notion of regulating

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Three-wheeled mower works – sorta

The woman who invented the wheel was a genius. The man who invented anything that was intended to work on four wheels was a knucklehead. The wheel works mighty well – where would we be without it? We would be without some terrific B.C. comics, that is for sure. Along with the bicycle, the automobile

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Old and Awesome

While I was subbing in P.E. last Friday, an adorable second grader approached me at the start of the very first class of the day and said with the utmost sincerity as she gave me a hug, “Mr. Naughton, I’m so glad you’re here. Old people are awesome!” I wish I could have come up

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