Opinion

Fake grass would stop the mowing

I contemplated mowing my lawn a number of times this past weekend. That is, to say, I thought about it – but the closest I got to the Lawn Boy was to walk past it in the garage and say, “Haha! Not this weekend, buddy.” Yep, mowing my yard so much this summer has me

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Declaring war against deliberate ignorance

There is a war on intellectualism being waged by some in this country. College educated men and women are being vilified as “elitists” by certain members of our society (and also in North Korea and parts of the world controlled by ISIS and Al-Qaeda where intellectuals are publicly executed.) Scientists with PhDs in atmospheric science

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This Day is under-celebrated

Saturday, September 17 is Constitution Day and I’m betting we all celebrate in different ways, if at all, and each of those will be protected by the United States Constitution – as is, believe it or not, this column. The Constitution of the United States has become a little bit more of a political football

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Getting rid of bats requires two brooms, luck

It was an otherwise normal Friday night – the last one of those for a while as I had not gone to the Wright City-SoBoCo Eagles game – and I was getting in just a bit more reading as the midnight hour approached. The wife had long ago gone to bed, but the Boston Terrier

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Wrong Way Returns

On the way to our Labor Day weekend campout in Steelville, Missouri, our cursed generator, the bane of my existence, performed flawlessly for the first time since we purchased our RV eighteen months ago. My theory that operating the power plant in extremely hot weather causes a vapor-lock issue within the fuel line was apparently

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Curmudgeon vacation

After she returned home from work last Friday, my wife informed me that she has accrued quite a bit of vacation time and that we should take a trip somewhere. Bethany suggested several destination possibilities including Italy, the British Isles, Germany, a number of tropical islands, and a few beachside retreats in the U.S. She

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Leftovers for end of August

We’ve go a whole bunch of leftovers from earlier this month: What a great weekend of rodeo, seeing friends and watching our community continue to grow. That’s right, while you’re watching Cowboys saddle up and compete, I see dollars rolling in and scholarships being awarded, youth sports being organized and so much more. The Saddle

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Katy Trail Diplomacy

Katy Trail Diplomacy I made a new friend the other day: A black, French, Muslim woman who recently arrived from Paris. (That sound you just heard was Donald Trump’s head exploding.) I could think of no better way to introduce Joie (named changed to protect her privacy) to the America I love than going for

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Easy answer not best solution

Easy answer not best solution In the classic Sci-Fi novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” an alien visiting Earth names himself Ford Perfect – based on the assumption that cars are the dominant form of life on this planet. It’s an understandable mistake. Even in Southern Boone County, we are discovering that we don’t

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Naughton Fatigue Syndrome

Naughton Fatigue Syndrome by Travis Naughton Summer in Southern Boone County marks a reprieve from school for educators and students. It is also a chance for educators, students, and the general population of the area to get a reprieve from Travis Naughton. During the summer months, most folks in and around Ashland are able to

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