We are officially in back-to-school mode. The first day of school in Quincy will be Wednesday, August 21. In Hannibal, the first day of school is scheduled for August 22. Last weekend was the annual sales tax holiday in Missouri and Iowa, and several parents picked up final items from their kids' school supplies lists. 

It seems like every year parents and kids - especially the kids - complain about having to go back to school in August. Many would prefer that school not start until after Labor Day. What do you think?