John Moore: Americans have lost the ability to mind their own business

Civility is rapidly becoming extinct. Once upon a time, Americans knew how to respect each other. That mutual respect has been replaced with vitriol and an inability to agree to disagree. Americans have always held myriad beliefs, be they political, religious or otherwise. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is…

John Moore: Good manners can be a painful reminder of age

My brain is much younger than the rest of me. It started as an occasional thing, but has since rapidly picked up in frequency. I’m referring to the use of my last name. There isn’t much else that’s more of a reality check than when most folks start calling you mister. “Mr. Moore, it’s nice to see you!”

John Moore: Oxymorons, bad metaphors enough reason to fix language

He’s a stupid idiot. If some future civilization discovers our ruins and writings, I’d highly doubt that even a Rosetta Stone would help them. Between redundancy, poorly crafted metaphors and oxymorons, they’ll never figure us out. Recently, I was working in my shop on a John Deere lawn tractor that had taken

John Moore: Memories of old traditions on July 4

Independence Day is a great day to watch “Independence Day.” Most families have their own holiday traditions. At Christmas at our house, it’s serving specific dishes for dinner. At Thanksgiving, it’s having a smoked ham. At some point over the last decade, watching the movie “Independence Day” has become our Fourth of July tradition.

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