Opinion

Perfect Plan Falls in Place, Then Falls Apart

By: Travis Naughton I didn’t get much sleep last Friday night. Like a child on Christmas Eve, I was too excited about a shiny new toy I was hoping to get the next morning. It’s been said that the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys, and I have found this

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Summertime

By: Dr. Don Kuehle “Summertime —and the livin’ is easy; Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high…” So wrote George Gershwin. I remember summertime! I grew up on a farm — and the livin’ was not easy! I remember summertime! Cultivating acres of corn. Cutting wheat with a Binder and putting the bundles of

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Hello Ashland Planning & Zoning

By: Sarah Pierce I am writing in reference to the Lakeside Ashland development, on the property at the Airport Exit/Hwy H and Hwy 63. I am a nearby resident and we are very concerned about the direction and plan of this development for several reasons. I realize that this property is part of Ashland, and

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A Naughton “Normal”

By: Travis Naughton As more and more Americans become vaccinated against the coronavirus, (or develop antibodies after being exposed to it), the United States is getting closer and closer to reaching herd immunity. Thankfully, this means that life in our great nation is finally beginning to return to normal. “Normal” for me is the return

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Teachers, We Appreciate You

By: Travis Naughton Teachers, on behalf of parents of school age children everywhere, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the extraordinary job you did to guide your students through the most challenging school year in memory. Actually, with most schools “going virtual” last March, you spent closer to one

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Devious politicians do devious things

By: Frank Burkett Devious politicians do devious things. Perhaps the Democratic politico’s of the Blue states in tandem with National Liberal politicos had these devious plans all along, when and if they control all three Branches of the Federal Government. They now do. The Democrat Party and those that bankrolled them, so as to get

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Government-funded labs don’t invent new drugs

By: Peter J. Pitts House Democrats just introduced a bill designed to lower prescription drug prices. It doesn’t. But wait, it gets worse. The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, or H.R. 3, is a reprise of a 2019 bill that passed the House but failed to gain support in the Senate. Back then, opponents criticized

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Totally Awesome, and Worth the Wait

By: Travis Naughton Totally Awesome, and Worth the Wait I learned how to ride a bicycle in 1977 when I was six years old. Mine was a Western Flyer model with metallic-flake purple paint, gooseneck handlebars (with purple and white tassels), a banana seat, and a racing slick on the back. It was a gorgeous

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President Biden is right to redefine infrastructure

By Jason Andringa President Biden is in ongoing talks to discuss his multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. Ever since its release, critics have claimed that many aspects of the plan have nothing to do with infrastructure. However, that isn’t really fair. Today’s economy requires the definition of infrastructure to go beyond traditional transit systems like roads and

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150 by 50

By: Travis Naughton When I stopped drinking alcohol four and a half years ago, I made a calculated decision to write about my struggle with addiction here in the pages of the Boone County Journal. I did so for two reasons. First, I hoped that my message might resonate with someone out there in Readerland

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