Opinion

My life is an open book (or newspaper)

As eager as I had been to dine at Ashland’s newest eatery, I was equally apprehensive about appearing in public so soon after announcing to the entire world in last week’s column that I recently quit drinking. Nevertheless, my family and I braved the freezing January temperatures last Saturday night and made our way to

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Economy will call for more education

Most high school seniors know where they want to go to college next year and most of them think they know what they want to study, then do for a living for the next 40-plus years. Uh. Yeah. The old adage about loving your work is still critical. But a good percentage of high school

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Happy New Me

Last summer, on an oppressively hot and humid day, I helped some dear friends move into a new house. Their ten-year old daughter came outside mid-morning to take drink orders from everyone on the moving crew. “Travis, what do you like to drink—besides beer and gin?” I laughed to hide my embarrassment and said I’d

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21st Century, solar powered stroller

My college football holiday bowl season was quite a bit different this year. Instead of watching football, I was busy pushing around my 6-moth-old grandson Luke, in the new Radio Flyer Wagon I bought him for Christmas. I had plenty of ideas for Christmas presents for Luke, by my wife said “No” to the Tonka

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Have a Fearless New Year

I remember very clearly the way my mother reacted when Ronald Reagan was elected president of the United States. I was only eight years old at the time, and I had never seen my mother so upset prior to that day in November of 1979. When I asked her what was the matter, she stated

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Change not always as fast as we think

Another year is coming to a close and a new year is set to begin – and the unknown that it brings – is before us. What changes will 2017 bring? Since no one knows for sure, it is up to columnists to make a few predictions. Some get the jump on others, just to

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

Molly Bach enjoyed her fifth birthday on Monday, December 19 and spent a part of it working at the Boone County Journal. Bach was in charge of providing some meaning to our Christmas season, from her unique, similing, pig-tailed point of view. I think she hit the nail on the head. Merry Christmas, Molly. BW

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It’s a Wonderful Life

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to own a two-door 1957 Chevrolet. In order of preference: a Nomad wagon, a hardtop, a convertible, a two-door sedan, a 150 model, a Bel Air model, a 210 model, or a Del Ray. My favorite colors are black, red, or robin’s egg blue with

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‘Tis the Season for Giving

Have yourself a materialistic little Christmas, Have it shipped next-day, From now on, our troubles will be miles away—in the collections departments of credit card companies… The over-commercialization of Christmas seems to be getting worse year after year. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Overdraft Tuesday. Exchange The Thoughtful Yet Hideous Gift From Your Aunt Mildred For

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Ask for my wish list, reach for your wallet

Less than two weeks from Christmas and my daughters are still asking me what I want under the tree. What I would actually want is less. Less around the house, less house to assist taking care of… it’s a case of less being more. Except in the case of time. Time I can always use

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