Opinion

It’s Hammer Time

“Do you really need another vehicle?” Bethany the Voice of Reason asked after I informed her of my recent quest to locate and procure a classic truck. A less experienced husband may have answered with, “Do you really need another five dollar coffee from Starbucks when we have perfectly good coffee at home?” Instead, I

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No Lemonade Fest, No Free Lunch

The City of Ashland will not re-visit the Lemonade Fest this June. Or did you notice? The city’s Park Board experimented with a June festival in the park and the response was…..meh. Not horrible. But not a huge hit, either. However, the Park Board does have a major event coming up this summer and it

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Summer is for building a better world

It is a statistical fact that many students’ Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) scores will actually be lower next fall than they were at the end of the previous school year. Educators call this the “summer slide.” The DRA is a tool used by teachers to assess students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension in order to

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Fidgeting for a Spinner

“Is your son going to spend his summer with a collection of fidget spinners,” I asked the mom sitting next to me at a meeting last week. The mom, who has three kids and a husband in her amazing Ashland family enjoys her anonymity and utilizes the pseudonym Tracy Bond in this column (see if

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National Mental Health Awareness Month

With the recent apparent suicide of Chris Cornell, the phenomenal lead vocalist of the bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog, another exceptional talent was taken from us far too soon. Though his wife disputes the coroner’s finding that Cornell intentionally took his own life, the fact is that the singer struggled with depression

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My Neck of the Woods is on the Road

Most writers have an office, den, or other favorite place where they can go to be alone and focus on their craft. Until recently, I was an exception to that rule. My habit was to simply hunker down on whatever piece of furniture was farthest away from my boisterous family. More often than not, I

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Time to share the road with cycles

It is the time of year when everyone gets outside to enjoy our best weather of the year, get some exercise and, often, co-mingle with the cars. It is also the time of year we begin to see cyclists from Columbia roll through town. Wearing what one cycling dissenter calls their “Captain America” suits, the

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83% the man I used to be

I’ve lost 29 pounds since January 1st, roughly 17% of my New Year’s Day body weight. In a very real sense, 17% of the old Travis A. Naughton no longer exists. Therefore I’m only 83% the man I used to be. I wonder if I can fit that on my business card or into the

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Best advice you never asked for

If you thought this was just another graduating class from Southern Boone High School, you would be wrong. This class of 2017 is, at the risk of irritating mom and dads of previous classes, more accomplished than any other. Still, they could use the advice from the standard commencement address guy. So I give to

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Fruity Pebbles and Race Relations

Before I sat down to write this week’s column on Sunday, April 30, I read a story online commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Although a quarter century has passed since that terrible moment in time, I still remember April 30, 1992 like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore at

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