Opinion

Impeachment: Why Clinton’s didn’t happen but Trump’s will

Dear Editor, More than a few political talk shows have compared Bill Clinton’s impeachment attempt to Donald Trump’s. The difference is this. Clinton’s actions were deemed unethical, but were ultimately determined to be of a personal nature and not harmful to the security to the United States. President Donald Trump has been accused in the

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Letters to the Editor: It’s not manatory to like Trump

Dear Editor, Mr. Naughton continues to astound me with his dribble and rhetoric. He is a master at dredging through past events, cherry picking the ones that allows him the luxury of inserting his slanted opinion. In a not so masterful way Mr. Naughton then pieces together a tapestry in his mind of how these

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Make America Great Again, 2020

In 2003, my son Alex was just two-years-old, but I was already thinking about the possibility of him being sent to fight in the Middle East in a never-ending War on Terror. That prospect still scares me to death nearly 17 years later. When U.S. intelligence determined that the Taliban-controlled government of Afghanistan had been

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Start of the Change

When I accepted an invitation to be the temporary music teacher at Southern Boone County Primary School to begin the new school year, I was overjoyed. Being a music teacher had been a childhood dream of mine, and despite knowing that the gig would end whenever a certified music teacher could be hired on a

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Serendipity in September

I have always suspected that my wife Bethany and her sister Charla are identical, rather than fraternal twins. Until last weekend, I had no scientific basis on which to make this determination, but a fair amount of anecdotal evidence did support my hypothesis. For starters, the girls look very similar to one another. Even their

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It’s Really Not About Me

If you are a regular reader of my weekly missives, you have probably come to the conclusion that Travis Naughton likes writing about Travis Naughton. I won’t deny it. It’s completely true of course.  As a writer and a philosopher, I am guided by two edicts: “Write what you know,” (attributed to the world-famous author

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Life is a Blur

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur for yours truly, (and not just because I’ve been taking prescription painkillers). You may recall reading in last week’s column that I was recently named the interim music teacher at Southern Boone County Primary School. Someone else had been hired to replace the

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Mr. Naughton’s Opus

My senior year of high school began thirty years ago this month. A lifetime ago really. Back in 1989, I thought I would become a music teacher like my band director/role model Mr. Craig Buck. However, as John Lennon sang in “Beautiful Boy” (a song featured years later in “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, a film about

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Did I do Enough?

Over the next few weeks, millions of young adults like my son Alex will leave their parents’ homes and head off to college. Perhaps you have a son or daughter who will be leaving the nest soon, too. If so, please know that you are not alone. I understand all-too-well what you’re feeling right now.

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I Mustache You a Question

When I was a seventh grader at Hannibal Junior High School, no one would have confused me with one of the “cool” kids. I didn’t have a girlfriend, I wasn’t a jock, and I was one of the last teenagers in the entire building to reach a height of five feet tall. Far from the

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