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.
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
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
Last Wednesday’s Florida school shooting can no longer be called an “unimaginable horror.” If fact, such massacres have become very imaginable. Tragically, they have become very predictable horrors. A predictable tragedy that the United States people and its leadership has seemingly been content with as a tradeoff for its Second Amendment rights – until now.
I was a seventeen-year-old, trombone-playing band geek when George H. W. Bush was elected president of the United States in 1988. In the eight previous years, the benefits of Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down economics” never managed to trickle-down to the Naughton family of Hannibal, Missouri, so I was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of entering
It’s Winter Olympics time and this past weekend I got to see Huck, our Boston Terrier, compete in the short track speed skating. On weekend mornings, it is typical that I rise around 6:30 a.m., make the coffee, get the breakfast goodies out and ready to make breakfast then feed the dog. As Huck prefers
Ever since I was recruited to be a group leader for the local Girl Scouts’ summer camp a couple years ago, I have been a big fan of the organization and their mission to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” When the Southern Boone Girl Scouts asked
You will be seeing a lot of news items this year reminding you of all the news items of 1968 – it was 50 years ago that all kinds of stuff hit the fan. For me, 1968 was full of personal “tragedy” – it was the year I realized my baby brother, now two years
Americans are infatuated with, and completely dependent upon, the mighty and miraculous Wheel. Imagine what our great nation would be like without cars, trucks, trains, buses, tractors, wagons, trailers, motorcycles, unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, golf carts, shopping carts, motorhomes, airplanes and other wheeled machines. In this country, the Wheel represents not only mobility, but also freedom
When I am putting 790 miles on the car in one weekend, that means there will be a large number of podcasts involved. Some of the top podcasts with newsmakers include a sort of “thumbs up or thumbs down” segment in which CEOs, athletes or newsmakers provide opinions. After going stir-crazy in the Honda, it