Opinion

Naughton for Governor

I was a seventeen-year-old, trombone-playing band geek when George H. W. Bush was elected president of the United States in 1988. In the eight previous years, the benefits of Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down economics” never managed to trickle-down to the Naughton family of Hannibal, Missouri, so I was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of entering

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Winter Olympics right outside

It’s Winter Olympics time and this past weekend I got to see Huck, our Boston Terrier, compete in the short track speed skating. On weekend mornings, it is typical that I rise around 6:30 a.m., make the coffee, get the breakfast goodies out and ready to make breakfast then feed the dog. As Huck prefers

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Fathers, Daughters, and Thin Mints

Ever since I was recruited to be a group leader for the local Girl Scouts’ summer camp a couple years ago, I have been a big fan of the organization and their mission to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” When the Southern Boone Girl Scouts asked

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The worst news for a kid in 1968

You will be seeing a lot of news items this year reminding you of all the news items of 1968 – it was 50 years ago that all kinds of stuff hit the fan. For me, 1968 was full of personal “tragedy” – it was the year I realized my baby brother, now two years

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A Nation of Wheels

Americans are infatuated with, and completely dependent upon, the mighty and miraculous Wheel. Imagine what our great nation would be like without cars, trucks, trains, buses, tractors, wagons, trailers, motorcycles, unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, golf carts, shopping carts, motorhomes, airplanes and other wheeled machines. In this country, the Wheel represents not only mobility, but also freedom

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Underrated or overrated?

When I am putting 790 miles on the car in one weekend, that means there will be a large number of podcasts involved. Some of the top podcasts with newsmakers include a sort of “thumbs up or thumbs down” segment in which CEOs, athletes or newsmakers provide opinions. After going stir-crazy in the Honda, it

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Becoming Hooked on Books

My friends, I have a confession to make. As a writer, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that I just returned three books to the Ashland branch of the Daniel Boone Regional Library that I never bothered to read. What’s worse is that they sat on my dusty bookshelf for a full six weeks before

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Miniature electronics in your future

The problem with cleaning out closets is that you find things you think you may want to keep. Often they are the very things that your spouse has been encouraging you to toss. So it was that I found myself flipping through a seven-year-old copy of Smithsonian Magazine dedicated to what would be happening 40-years

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Ode to a Weird Beard

A common question directed at men with facial hair is, “How long did it take you to grow your beard?” Some hirsute gentlemen might be able to grow a full, glorious beard in a just a few days. It may take others a few weeks for theirs to fill-in completely. In my case, the honest

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The deck seems stacked against us

The news out of our state capital that made me want to yell at an elected official or throw up my arms in frustration – or both – had nothing to do with the governor caught with his pants down. Needless to say, it was disappointing to see the photo of “Team Greitens” on Friday.

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