Opinion

Plenty of cuts to be made

Millions of marchers and protestors marched in protest of the new administration on Saturday. My wife and I marched as well. We got out of our SUV, marched across the bridge over Cedar Creek and straight up the hill into the Mark Twain National Forrest. Never let it be said that a walk in the

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Fire and Icepocalypse

It’s Sunday afternoon, and thanks to the wood-pellet fireplace installed by our home’s previous owner, the temperature in our living room at this exact moment is 77 degrees, even as Winter Storm Jupiter rages on outside. Okay, “rages” may be a bit of a stretch. Far from the “Icepocalypse” that was predicted for our area,

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Annual technology review

Another January has rolled around and once again I force myself to take a long look at the technology and software I utilize for work, family and to follow my favorite Cardinals on Twitter. Go ahead. You follow the new President. I won’t have the headache until the Redbirds’ bullpen falters in September. But this

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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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