Opinion

Thank You and Farewell

By: Travis Naughton I began writing for the Boone County Journal in the summer of 2011. By my estimation, I’ve had over 500 original submissions published in the newspaper in that span of time. At roughly 700 words per piece, the total body of my work for the Journal amounts to around 350,000 words, the

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Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Will My Husband’s Benefits Continue After He Dies? Dear Rusty: My husband is 65 and I am 55. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. My question is, will I continue receiving his full social security check every month after his passing? Will the amount decrease? Signed: Tearful Wife Dear

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High inflationary troubles and supply chain issues

By: Frank Burkett How could a country like ours go from energy independence to scrounging and begging some of our foes for oil, in less than two years? When Barrack Obama was president, fossil fuel was in his cross-hairs for elimination. His protégé, Joe Biden, is dutifully carrying out his bosses orders. Joe Biden was

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Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Will Paying the IRS Quarterly Increase My Social Security? Dear Rusty: I waited to sign up for Social Security until I turned 70 last month so I would qualify for the maximum benefit. I have been the pastor of a small church for the last 15 years & they didn’t take out

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By: Travis Naughton Former Boone County Journal publisher Bruce Wallace, a good friend of mine, just called a minute ago to catch up and to make sure I’m doing okay. It was great to hear a friendly voice, and it was down right medicinal to laugh out loud as we swapped stories. His was the

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Ballots hidden in a closet somewhere

By: Frank Burkett I listened to President Biden speaking this Tuesday morning, and he sounded truly like a Republican candidate campaigning for any high office in our Country. His many remarks were of Republicans wanting to raise taxes. That, to me sounds like the campaigning of a Republican. His speech targeted Senator Rick Scott’s agenda,

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Naomi Judd, Suicide and life’s appointment

By: Dr. Glenn Mollette We’ve all heard of people who have taken their lives by suicide. We typically wonder why? We wonder what was so bad about their lives that they could not cope another day? We were shocked by the sudden death of Naomi Judd. She was a country music star and legend. She

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Another Blunder

By: Frank Burkett Another blunder, by the worst of the incompetent personnel at the White House, Joe Biden. Joe, who appointed Alejandro Mayorkus as Homeland Security Secretary, now has found Mayorkus has proven, as the saying goes, “to be a chip off the old block.” Alejandro has appointed a disinformation czar, Nina Jankowicz. Well, when

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Easter People

By: Jane Rutter The 70-mile per hour winds blew us into town, David having gripped the wheel for most of the eight-hour trip. Unloading our bags from the car, we were relieved to land and excited to attend my brother Tom’s surprise retirement party. His was a celebration well-worth the drive. God bless my sister-in-law

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Teachers Deserve to Feel Appreciated

By: Travis Naughton If you are a parent of school-aged children, then chances are good that at some point during the last two years you were forced to become your kids’ teacher/teacher’s aide when schools switched to virtual instruction as a result of the pandemic. If so, you likely gained an appreciation for how challenging

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