Opinion

Vietnam should have taught us a lesson

By: Frank Burkett Many stooges are cropping up in the Biden Administration, but none bigger than Number One and Two. I am speaking of the two stooges that head our country, and the many that they hand picked to administer and govern the U.S.A., (cabinet members). Other political party leaders have irked me also. Such

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A Labor Day Weekend Miracle

By: Travis Naughton It shouldn’t surprise regular readers of my weekly missives that this week’s column is about yet another Naughton-Hecker family camping adventure. Such outings are a staple of our clan’s highly successful (and highly entertaining) “character building program”. If our family is lacking in any quality, it is not character (or characters, to

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Hope and Horror in Afghanistan

By: Travis Naughton After the bus carrying Pakistani girls, including a 15-year-old named Malala Yousafzai, was stopped in the street by armed members of the Taliban, one of the extremists demanded, “Who is Malala?” When her terrified classmates innocently looked in her direction, Malala—a bright and outspoken advocate for women’s and girls’ rights—was shot point-blank

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Lakeside Ashland Concerns

By: Sarah Pierce On Saturday, August 28th, the Columbia Daily Tribune again reported on Lakeside Ashland and the City of Ashland’s quest to find a second road access to their annexed commercial property.  In the article, Tony St. Romaine stated, “Our reading of the code is such that the development provides two access points into

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Mr. Naughton Hangs Up His Hat

By: Travis Naughton I have worn a lot of different hats since Bethany and I moved to Southern Boone County in 1999. I’ve been a meat cutter, a groundskeeper, a car salesman, a retail store manager, a stay-at-home parent, and for the last ten years, I’ve been a columnist for the Boone County Journal. I

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Critical Race Theory

By: Frank Burkett I covered some recent terms in an earlier LTTE, but now another term has been brought fourth, CRITICAL RACE THEORY. Not only that, but it is being force-fed to our elementary, Jr. High, High School and on through higher education in colleges and universities, to students by the faculty. Leftist billionaires, Congress

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The topic is Electric Vehicles

By: Frank Burkett The other day while listening to our local station’s talk show, The Round Table, and they accept call ins. The topic was Electric Vehicles, i.e. EV. The commentators were discussing charging stations being placed in strategic places throughout Columbia, and the time needed to fully charge an EV. A caller called in,

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Add Alaska to Your Bucket List

By: Travis Naughton While most Missourians were celebrating the Show-Me State’s bicentennial last week, my wife and I were busy exploring the 49th state, Alaska, and celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Bethany’s twin sister Charla and her husband Doug, (the Matron of Honor and Best Man at our wedding), got hitched just six months before

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Buried Treasure

By: Dr. Don Kuehle A friend of mine was on vacation. Being an amateur treasure-hunter, he took his geiger counter with him. He had camped in a mountain meadow, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. One morning as he walked across the meadow, geiger counter in hand, It began to click like crazy! My friend

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Travis Naughton

By: Travis Naughton Happy Anniversary, Mrs. Naughton On August 4, 1996, Bethany and I recited our wedding vows to one another in front of two witnesses, (Bethany’s twin sister Charla and her husband Doug), and a preacher who forgot my name. “Do you, Michael, promise to take this woman in the bonds of holy…?” “My

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