Opinion

No reason for city to not get Internet tax

While most of us have noticed – an used – self-checkout lines at big box stores such as Walmart and Home Depot, few of us might realize another change in the back of Walmart stores. In a back office where associates previously counted the days cash and balance the books from the store’s registers, there

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W.W.M.R.D.?

Like millions of other kids who grew up watching “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” on television, I loved Fred Rogers. I deliberately use the word “love” to describe my feelings for the kind gentleman who taught so many young people how to treat their fellow human beings because his was always a message about love and respect.

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Eclipse was no time to think, just enjoy

Monday’s total eclipse of the sun brought a lot more light onto one mystery I’ve wondered about for more than a decade: Who are these Boone County Journal guys in Belvedere, Illinois? That’s right. The weekly newspaper in Belvedere, Illinois – population 25,000 – is known as the Boone County Journal. We get each other’s

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See you in September

If you have children in the So Bo Co school district, then you know how special this year’s summer vacation has been. Thanks to construction projects taking place at three of our district’s facilities, the 2017-18 school year won’t start until after Labor Day, giving the students of So Bo Co a good old-fashioned, three-month

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Mid-Missouri is a Health Care Mecca

It seems that just about everyone has an opinion regarding the possible partnership between Boone Hospital and MU Health. Some folks think it’s a great idea, one that will make Columbia a medical destination for patients from all over the state of Missouri and beyond. Others think it would be a huge mistake to grant

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Eclipse not the only solar event

Unless you have been camping in the woods for the past six months – and if you have, I want to hear about it – we are going to have an eclipse on August 21. And it’s a huge deal. Of course, those of you who know me realize that I think it’s a huge

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Vote ‘Yes’ for good roads and bridges

The Boone County Journal encourages registered voters to get out and vote on August 8 – and to vote YES on Proposition 1 – the renewal of the road and bridge half-cent sales tax. The Prop One tax was first approved by voters in 1993 – significantly reducing property taxes in exchange fora a broader

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Zen and the Art of Classic Car Maintenance

Last weekend, at a classic car “cruise-in” I attended in Jefferson City, an older gentleman approached me and posed a question as I sat beside my black and white, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. “So what do you think about people who bring new cars to these types of events?” I thought for a moment, not

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Adventures in Travel

A familiar Facebook game is to use a provided piece of art and “color” in all the states in which you have traveled. I guess I’m a little more traveled than some – not as much as others. I quit counting at 40-some states, which is more of a product of a father who wanted

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It’s Quiet. Too Quiet.

By the time my wife and kids return from their trip to New York City Wednesday night, I will have spent five days and five nights completely on my own. Well, I have had our small menagerie of pets to keep me company, which has been comforting, but that’s not quite the same as having

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