Opinion

Nine new rules for baseball

High school baseball opened for the Eagles this past Friday and the St. Louis Cardinals, and other lesser teams, will begin play tomorrow. Opening Day. No other sport has Opening Day like baseball. Football has “Game 1” and basketball has…well, they just roll the ball out there and start not playing defense in the NBA.

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The Art Teacher

I have had the pleasure of serving as the art teacher at Southern Boone County Primary School since last December, when my good friend Bree Lindsey began her maternity leave. Without reservation, I can honestly say that it has been the single most rewarding (and exhausting) professional experience of my entire life. However, as the

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The benefits of Forever…everything

As an investor, I really blew this one. Back in 2007, I had a chance to make an investment that would have provided me a guaranteed – absolutely, positively guaranteed return of 18%. And I blew it. I didn’t pull the trigger and begin hoarding the asset I utilize in this business every single month.

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The Bold and the Beautiful

A charismatic and outspoken man standing on a stage in Western Europe addresses a large audience comprised of far-right politicians. “Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor, because every day we get stronger and they get weaker!” The crowd demonstrates

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In a battle for your soul – er, wallet

You may not realize it, but there is a battle for you and your family you might not know about. No, it’s not about politics and the Republicans vs the Democrats – I know it seems as though EVERYTHING has to be political….but this is not. It’s not even something as critical as Cardinals vs

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Kids These Days

Entitled. Lazy. Disrespectful. These are just a few of the words I’ve heard “grownups” use to describe kids these days. “Those darn Millennials,” an angry, old crank might say, “They don’t know how to do anything but snap selfies and eat Tide Pods. What those kids need is…” How would you finish that sentence? What

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Plenty of things to think of in Spring

Among my many annoying habits is that I often have a thought come to mind, which I need to communicate to someone else, I tell them as soon as it pops into my head. Never mind that my wife, the bookkeeper for the Journal, doesn’t need to be reminded that federal payroll taxes are due

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Kindergarten Cops

The following is a column I wrote for the September 17, 2014 edition of the Journal. In light of the renewed interest in the idea of arming teachers, I humbly re-submit my thoughts on the subject: In addition to being gifted educators, the amazing teachers in the Southern Boone school district are also compassionate nurturers.

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Winter/Political games take too long

It took 18 days to get the Winter Olympics to complete every slide, end, jump and flip off the half-pipe. George Frederick Handel wrote his famous Messiah in a third less time. Great works of art – Monet’s water lilies for instance – have been created in less time. The local library expects us to

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Prayers for Braeden

You may recall reading a column I wrote a few years ago about Shelly and Wes Sconce, two of the best human beings you’ll ever meet. I’ve known Wes since our freshman year at Mizzou, way back in 1990. Wes was the one guy in our dorm who could never be persuaded to join me

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