Opinion

I Wouldn’t Bet Against Me

Not long ago, I came to the realization that if I didn’t start taking my writing more seriously, then no one else would either. After promising myself that I would devote more time and energy to writing in 2019, I set four writing goals for the month of January. I’m proud to tell you, faithful

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Hail to the Chiefs (Fans)

Despite the fact that I have lived 46 of my 47 years in the state of Missouri, I’ve never counted myself among those folks who proudly call themselves members of “Chiefs Kingdom”. In fact, I spent a fair portion of my years actively rooting against the Chiefs as a member of “Raider Nation”. Last Sunday,

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Another Brick in the Wall

By Travis Naughton In his now infamous December 11th meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, President Trump threatened to allow a partial shutdown of the federal government if his demand for over $5 billion to build a wall on the United States’ southern border was not met. Mr. Trump vowed, “I will take the

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The Casual Racist

In mid-Missouri, a 60-degree day in January is cause for celebration. For owners of classic cars and trucks, a warm and sunny Winter day is a perfect excuse to wake-up their hibernating hot rods and go for a cruise. That’s exactly what a good friend and I did last Saturday. After charging the battery of

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To All the Cars I’ve Loved Before

Thirty-one years have passed since I became a licensed driver, and in that time, I have owned thirty-two automobiles. I also briefly possessed a tired Yamaha motorcycle and a battered motorhome. I’m not even counting the vehicles I held in inventory when I had a car dealer license for two years. I can admit that

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New Me, Year Three

With Christmas and most of 2018 now behind us, it’s time once again to look ahead to the coming year. You’ll be delighted to learn, however, that I’ve decided to waive my right to bore you with yet another list of Travis Naughton’s New Year’s resolutions. You’re welcome. The last resolution I made was for

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Right and Wrong

When I was an eighteen-year-old freshman at Mizzou, way back in 1990, I decided to flaunt my newfound independence from my parents by getting an ear pierced. What a rebel I was! If getting a piercing while sitting in a comfy chair at Claire’s Boutique in the Columbia Mall doesn’t prove to your parents and

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Compassionate, Kind and Capable

“Buncha friggin leeches…get back to work on our taxpayer dime…” The previous quote was written by a member of our community and posted to a local buy/sell group’s Facebook page. (I took screenshots of the now-deleted post for future reference.) It was directed at my friends and colleagues, the teachers of the Southern Boone School

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This Christmas, be careful what you wish for

When robots inevitably liberate themselves from their human overlords and decimate mankind, let it be noted that it all began with the seemingly innocuous and helpful Roomba. A Roomba is a self-propelled vacuum sweeper produced by iRobot that can be remotely-programed to complete cleaning tasks throughout a home without much human involvement. As an early

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Crazy Middle-Class Naughtons

Living in a small community in mid-Missouri, my Chinese-born children Truman and Tiana have grown accustomed to seeing mostly white faces wherever they go. Though our beloved hometown of Ashland is slowly but surely becoming more ethnically diverse than it was when Bethany and I first moved here nearly 20 years ago, our kids see

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