Opinion

Looking for a third party candidate?

The yard sign was prominent in many of the yards in the neighborhood we visited this past weekend – “Peter for President” it said in big, bold navy letters with a plain white background. “Who’s “Peter?” I asked my friend. “He’s a guy who is a university professor who crossed the state, walking and bicycling

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Our Boys on Friday Night

“Here come your Southern Booooone EAGLES!” I was so excited to be in the press box last Friday night, playing the role of public address announcer for the district playoff game in which the Eagles defeated the Wright City Wildcats 49-0, that I may have ruptured a few fans’ eardrums during the course of the

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There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise

I came to the realization this past week that I could write a column in which a chief of police, an emergency room nurse and a primary school teacher could make my case for what I have long theorized. And that theory is still blown to bits by those who proclaim themselves “traditional scientists.” A

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Politics at the Primary

Second graders at Southern Boone Primary School are currently learning about the Constitution, our government, and what it means to be a citizen. I love having the opportunity to teach kids about their rights and responsibilities and what it means to be a member of a community. I find it incredibly refreshing to witness how

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Locker Room Banter Busted

I spent my formative years in the locker room as much as I did the chemistry classroom – PE classes, football teams and, most of all, wrestling teams. I never heard any of what seems to have become the new definition of “locker room banter.” Of course, in a locker room full of wrestlers, if

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Wedding Season Wrap-up

The Not-Quite-Right Reverend Naughton recently solemnized his sixth wedding of 2016. In the six years since I received my online ordination from the Universal Life Church, I have presided over twenty or so wedding ceremonies (and one memorial service.) Not too shabby for an atheist, eh? During rehearsals and receptions, guests often ask me about

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Why we watch college football?

Because it’s not American politics, that’s why. OK, so you really don’t need to read the rest of this column. I asked a question in the headline, I answered that question perfectly in the first sentence. My work here is done. But just in case you’re one of those odd-balls who does not properly appreciate

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The End of a Ballplayer’s Career

It is an irrefutable fact that at some point in every athlete’s life, he or she will be forced to admit that his or her playing days are over. While some athletes may choose walk away at their physical peak, most are driven out of their respected sports either by illness, injury, or age. Lou

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Getting shot just a part of the drill

Had it not been a drill, I would have been shot on Friday. As it was, I nearly had a heart attack. I was looking for a few answers to some questions for a story in today’s paper when I visited the SoBoCo school district’s administration office on Friday morning. I could not find anyone

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The Book of Travis, Chapter 45

Last Sunday I completed my 45th lap around that giant, fiery orb at the center of our solar system. The sun has risen and set about 16,430 times since I made my first confirmed appearance in the universe way back in 1971. A lot has changed since then. When I was born, people still rented

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