Opinion

Time for state elected officials to get things done

Missouri Republicans have long been the party of less government, less bureaucracy, less…..hassle from the state. Now is the opportunity for Republicans to ride onto the scene like the cavalry coming to the rescue of the oppressed settlers in their covered wagons, beseiged by wild Indians. It is not a scene from an old Hollywood

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What I Learned in Econ 101

I remember exactly three things about the economics class I took in high school almost three decades ago: One is my teacher Mr. Bogue, who should have been granted sainthood for putting up with my nonsense while I was his pupil. Two, the Playboy centerfold I affixed to the projector screen in Mr. Bogue’s classroom

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Going to a cashless nation will save money and more

If you have been reading this column for very long, you know that I’m an editor who likes the idea of getting rid of the penny and the one-dollar bill. “Put Lincoln’s solemn mug on some other coin,” I’ve said, “or just tell him he’s going to have to be happy with the $5 bill.”

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Unsolicited advice for my sister

Although she is younger than me by a full two decades, my baby sister Karah is not a baby anymore. She has a college degree, she’s an accomplished photographer and baker, and now she even has her first “big girl” job. I’m proud to say that my sister has joined the family business: education. Like

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The cowboy who perfected presidential satire

“If America ever passes out as a great nation, qe ought to put on our tombstone: ‘America died from the delusion she had moral leadership.’ Say, if we had any morals, we’d use ‘em ourselves.” ~Will Rogers I learned more about the First Amendment of our Constitution in my high school senior literature class than

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Thank you, I’m sorry

The people of Southern Boone County have treated me much better than I deserve. Over the years, and especially in recent weeks, various members of our growing community have paid me compliments and given me words of encouragement that both flatter and humble me. “I really enjoyed your column last week.” “You did a great

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Teens don’t change, distractions do

Based on recent events and the new school year, I went on a survey tour. I went to discover the answer to the question: “Are high school teenagers different today than they were 10, 25 or 35-years ago?” Why this survey now? Because the national opioid crisis is on our doorstep. This is not exactly

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The Southern Boone Way

When Parker Boyce, Southern Boone High School’s talented kicker, nailed a long field goal to take a late lead against arch rival Hallsville in last Friday night’s football game, I got a little carried away in the excitement of the moment. “Phillips’ field goal was good from 43 yards!” I yelled into the microphone from

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Forty yards is a long way to run

The 40-yard dash is still an important part of measuring a football’s player’s ability and potential. College coaches, when recruiting high school players and the pros looking to draft college stars rely and “the 40 time.” When was the last time you ran 40-yards? Frankly, it’s been such a longtime for me, I’m not sure

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Beer yoga and the ubiquity of alcohol

So, apparently “beer yoga” is a thing now. People do yoga poses while holding and drinking a bottle of beer. It’s kind of a big thing now, I guess. Go figure. I’ve always thought it a bit odd that at 5K runs and half-marathons, (the literal stomping grounds of those who are obsessed with fitness

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