Opinion

Vote ‘Yes’ for good roads and bridges

The Boone County Journal encourages registered voters to get out and vote on August 8 – and to vote YES on Proposition 1 – the renewal of the road and bridge half-cent sales tax. The Prop One tax was first approved by voters in 1993 – significantly reducing property taxes in exchange fora a broader

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Zen and the Art of Classic Car Maintenance

Last weekend, at a classic car “cruise-in” I attended in Jefferson City, an older gentleman approached me and posed a question as I sat beside my black and white, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. “So what do you think about people who bring new cars to these types of events?” I thought for a moment, not

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Adventures in Travel

A familiar Facebook game is to use a provided piece of art and “color” in all the states in which you have traveled. I guess I’m a little more traveled than some – not as much as others. I quit counting at 40-some states, which is more of a product of a father who wanted

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It’s Quiet. Too Quiet.

By the time my wife and kids return from their trip to New York City Wednesday night, I will have spent five days and five nights completely on my own. Well, I have had our small menagerie of pets to keep me company, which has been comforting, but that’s not quite the same as having

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The Charge of the Overheated Press Brigade

Editor’s Note: The Editor is not fond of publishing poetry in the newspaper, but as he is still recovering from heat stroke after last week’s county fair adventure, the only replacement columnist available was poet Al Tennis’ son – who also attended the Boone County Fair, along with a multitude of reporters, and documents it

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Chips, Dips, and Swimming Pool Cooties

There is a member of our household who mixes ketchup, Miracle Whip, and seasoned salt (on purpose) to produce a “dip” for potato chips. This obviously confused person considers the abomination to be a particularly special treat, one so precious that not a single drop shall ever be allowed to go to waste—including the glob

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What to do on a Sunday morning

On Sunday I found myself with a unique opportunity. I was returning from Columbia from Longview, Texas where I attended a niece’s wedding, to Columbia. First let me say it is not the best thing for your physical health to drive 10-11 hours on a Friday and then turn around and drive 10-11 hours on

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Friends, Family and Floods

Like many people, I never felt like I truly belonged in the small town I grew up in. I wasn’t born there, and despite living there for a decade until I graduated from high school, I could never shake the feeling that I was and always would be the new kid in town, an outsider.

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Don’t do this on vacation

One of my favorite parts of the Boone County Journal is again beginning to heat up. Politics? Nah. High school basketball rivalries? Hardly. It’s vacation time, and vacation photos – local families wearing vacation clothes in a well-recognized location and the youngest child holding a copy of this newspaper. I went on vacation last week

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I love my country

Not long after the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, I found myself having a heated discussion with an acquaintance who stated that the United States should alleviate the threat of any future attacks by “nuking the whole Middle East.” I remember laughing out loud at the increasingly animated fellow, hoping he was

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