Opinion

Abortion is the leading cause of death

By: J.M. Stock Abortion is the leading cause of death worldwide. We know the ususal outcome of the pre-born babies when they are aborted. But how does abortion affect the mothers of those babies. A mother of an aborted baby said that after her abortion, that night she just cried and cried. She is now

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Tempted, But Not Attempted

By: Travis Naughton Hi, my name is Travis and I’m an alcoholic. It has been five years, two months, and two days since my last drink. Thanks to the support of family and friends, healthcare providers, prescription medication, and an earnest desire to set a good example for my children, I have not touched a

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The Bell Curve Analogy

By: Frank Burkett I admit it has been a long time since I left school, but I did study a little. I don’t remember if it was in General Studies or Math, but the bell curve got my interest. It seemed a bell shape chart was used as a formula in most math, science, and

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Station Eleven: A Reflection

By: Travis Naughton I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly materialistic person. I didn’t own an iPod. Never wore a Swatch watch or a pair of Guess jeans. The only jewelry I own is my wedding ring. I still drive a rusty, old pickup truck with a carbureted gas engine, a manual transmission, manual

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Letter to the Editor

By: Ellen Kesterson As many people know, I was thrown into the presidency of the school board at Southern Boone during some challenging times for our district. The board was faced with many tough issues to resolve as well as a significant degree of distrust within the community and with parents of children in our

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Employment characteristics

By: Frank Burkett Here is a beef that some employees will pick up on right away. The Pandemic has brought about work place discrimination. In a way some employees working at the same location receive perks that others at the same pay grade do not. How so, you may ask? Some employees were told to

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Where Are You From?

By: Travis Naughton I was born in Kirksville, Missouri, but lived in the small towns of Canton, Kahoka, and La Plata, Missouri, before starting kindergarten in Clarinda, Iowa. In first grade, I attended school in Kirksville. In second grade, I was in La Plata. In third grade, I attended Oakwood Elementary School in Hannibal. In

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Americans, Much More than the Mascots

By: Frank Burkett I have misgivings about mascots and names of NFL, MLB teams, college and high school teams that offend. Offend enough to cause attorneys to get into the fray to make some bucks. Where it all starts is, just an educated guess. The ACLU, or some law practice, that can pull the right

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Librarians Are Front Line Heroes

By: Travis Naughton There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who value the freedom of speech and those who are threatened by it. The longest running war in history, one that has raged since the advent of the written word, shows no sign of ending anytime soon. I’m referring to the war

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The Biden Administration

By: Frank Burkett Just recently a reminder came to my attention. I am old enough to remember that time in history, 62 years ago, September 29, 1959. I will give a brief history. Nikita Khrushchev became the First Secretary of the Communist Party i.e., Dictator, of Russia. He held that office 1958 through 1964. During

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