Opinion

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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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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