Opinion

Have a Fearless New Year

I remember very clearly the way my mother reacted when Ronald Reagan was elected president of the United States. I was only eight years old at the time, and I had never seen my mother so upset prior to that day in November of 1979. When I asked her what was the matter, she stated

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Change not always as fast as we think

Another year is coming to a close and a new year is set to begin – and the unknown that it brings – is before us. What changes will 2017 bring? Since no one knows for sure, it is up to columnists to make a few predictions. Some get the jump on others, just to

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

Molly Bach enjoyed her fifth birthday on Monday, December 19 and spent a part of it working at the Boone County Journal. Bach was in charge of providing some meaning to our Christmas season, from her unique, similing, pig-tailed point of view. I think she hit the nail on the head. Merry Christmas, Molly. BW

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It’s a Wonderful Life

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to own a two-door 1957 Chevrolet. In order of preference: a Nomad wagon, a hardtop, a convertible, a two-door sedan, a 150 model, a Bel Air model, a 210 model, or a Del Ray. My favorite colors are black, red, or robin’s egg blue with

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‘Tis the Season for Giving

Have yourself a materialistic little Christmas, Have it shipped next-day, From now on, our troubles will be miles away—in the collections departments of credit card companies… The over-commercialization of Christmas seems to be getting worse year after year. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Overdraft Tuesday. Exchange The Thoughtful Yet Hideous Gift From Your Aunt Mildred For

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Ask for my wish list, reach for your wallet

Less than two weeks from Christmas and my daughters are still asking me what I want under the tree. What I would actually want is less. Less around the house, less house to assist taking care of… it’s a case of less being more. Except in the case of time. Time I can always use

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Travis Naughton, Wallflower

“So, what do you do at the MOI?” a friendly stranger asked me at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute holiday party last weekend. “Oh, I don’t work there,” I explained. “My wife Bethany does. I’m just her arm candy this evening.” When she chuckled at my comedic brilliance, I immediately knew two things to be absolutely

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As of this writing on a Friday afternoon, the Southern Boone High School wrestling team had not yet competed in their first match. That took place on the night after this paper was printed Tuesday afternoon. Yet, with a record of 0-0, the Eagles wrestling team is full of winners before they even competed. The

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Laughter is the best medicine

“Have you ever used nitrous before?” the hygienist asked as she prepped me for the dental work I was about to receive last week. “Um…not medically,” I sheepishly admitted. I’ve made my fair share of questionable choices over the years, including the misuse of nitrous oxide. Not visiting a dentist’s office for over twenty years

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Fireplace a good gathering spot

One of the best parts of fall in Missouri is that three-to-four week period from mid-October until the middle or end of November when it begins to get cold, but not too cold, you think, to actually turn on the heater at home. Not coincidentally, I think, this is also the time of year when

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