Opinion

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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Something in the Water

Today is the 163rd and final day of the 2017-2018 academic year for students of the Southern Boone County School District. I had the honor of working 136 of those days, (83.4% of the school year to be exact), as a substitute teacher at our award-winning primary school, in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

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This bride is truly the angels best

I will be walking my youngest daughter down the aisle on Saturday, June 2 – but I won’t be giving her away. I “gave away” my oldest daughter at her wedding, getting my one line in the performance correct when the minister asked, “Who gives this woman to be married,” and I stuttered, “Her mother

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Chaos is Life

At the beginning of a new school year, parents and teachers rely on a familiar mantra to get themselves through the hectic days: “In a few weeks, all of this chaos will start to settle down, and life will get back to normal.” Those words—comforting as they may be to an overwhelmed mother, father, or

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Grads, caring and greatness

Did anyone see Spring as it whipped through Mid-Missouri at some point in late April? I think it lasted all of about two weeks – maybe less. But now that summer is officially here….it is time to break out the ice team and the swim googles. ••••• Congratulations to all of the Southern Boone High

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Editorial

I once found myself getting a close up photo of Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt as he interacted with SoBoCo kindergarten students while announcing his education budget to the media. One of the governor’s assistants I met that day chided me a bit, asking: “I guess this is pretty much the biggest story of the month

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