Opinion

None Finer Than Branch and Glascock

By: Travis Naughton Next Tuesday, April 5th, Southern Boone residents will have an opportunity to participate in one of the most important municipal elections in recent memory. In addition to deciding who will be Ashland’s next mayor, filling seats on the Board of Aldermen, approving a local use tax, and voting on a no-tax-increase bond

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SOBOCO 2022 Bond Issue?

By: Brad Belew I believe that in 2006 I attended a public meeting at the primary building regarding passing bond issues for additions to the primary/elementary, then the middle school, and finally the high school building in the coming years. It was emphasized how important it was for the community and the influx of families/students

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The Pursuit of Happiness

By: Travis Naughton When my eighteen-month-old granddaughter and her parents dropped by our house last Saturday, Freya ran straight to me with her arms held high, eager to show me her new toy, and wordlessly asking me to pick her up. When I did, she immediately curled up in my arms and rested her head

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What in the world is our president doing?

By: Frank Burkett Think back to the Obama Biden Administration’s handling of Russia vs. Crimea. Crimea wanted defensive weapons, Obama and Biden sent blankets. Russia annexed Crimea. Seeing as how Ukraine relinquished their nuclear arsenal in 1994, so their country could join the Treaty on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, I bet they now are having

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Music to my Ears, Medicine for my Soul

By: Travis Naughton While shelter-in-place orders were being issued locally and throughout the world in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus back in March of 2020, I was concerned about the first graders of Southern Boone County Primary School. As their long-term substitute music teacher for the 2019-2020 academic year, I knew

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A Season of Suffering

By: Dr. Don Kuehle The Season-of-Lent is a Season-of-Suffering! None of us can go through life without some suffering; it’s been that way ever since Adam and Eve. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve knew nothing of pain, of failure, of suffering, of death. After the Fall, they experienced all these things — and more.

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Joe Biden and Gas Prices

By: Mike Barnhill You’ll be able to tell if the current rise in fuel prices are due to the conflict in Ukraine and our lack of energy independence when the earning statements of the oil companies come out. The oil companies are making an absolute fortune right now. Just do the math – a barrel

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Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – I’m Confused About Taking Medicare and Social Security Dear Rusty: I just turned 64 and now get stuff about Medicare and Medigap and so on. I really don’t know how to retire when it’s time. What should I do? What am I looking for? Am I eligible for anything as of now?

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Russia, UN, Ukraine

By: Frank Burkett Now, we see again, how anemic the United Nations organization is. The country of Ukraine was a member while under the thumb of the USSR, Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, and now is a member of the UN while being an emancipated sovereign country. Donald Trump had some great ideas about weakening

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Why I Got Into (and Then Out of) the Race for School Board

By: Jason Ludwig Class of ‘99 I have never held an elected office. I’ve never run for an elected office before. In fact, before December, I had never even considered running for an elected position. With power comes responsibility, and who needs more responsibility, much less the stress of running a campaign? Local School Board?

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