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Parting the Canebrakes

The express purpose of the writing of this column is very simple. Many, many people and families have moved to Lebanon and to Wilson County from other places who have absolutely no knowledge of our history, how we came to be and of who and what we are.

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Good thing football is seasonal

I like watching football. I like to see the long pass that is grasped in the most outstretched fingertips of the streaking receiver.

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A unique change is on the horizon

In the next couple weeks, readers of The Wilson Post will notice a new paper size for Wilson County's community newspaper.

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That first drive

Oh to be 15 again. I can remember being 15 and looking forward to getting my driver's license like it was yesterday.

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Is the Square still 'under construction?'
Is the Square still 'under construction?'

I was contemplating all the "newness" of our Public Square at a recent Main Street conference. The lecture was on Creative Placemaking, one of the latest "it" topics for historic downtowns. Every day I receive emails on the current trends such as tactical urbanism, the X-factor, place economics and anything relating to "Millennials," that group of youngsters that is either going to save historic downtowns as we know them or be the ruin of the nation.

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School Zone and Bus Stop Safety

With school starting back, I wanted to remind all motorists of the importance of obeying all rules of the road in school zones and residential areas. As we all know, student and pedestrian safety in school zones is a paramount concern.

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Parting The Canebrakes -- May 13, 2015

HICKORY RIDGE
"A short distance west of Lebanon rises a ridge of high ground, forested, drained by the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Cedar Creek, and Barton's Creek. It is Hickory Ridge, and in this beautiful setting was established one of the most prosperous and flourishing settlements existing in Wilson County before 1800."

"Today, the communities or neighborhoods of Martha, Leeville, Tucker's Gap, Barton's Creek, Bethlehem, Maple Hill, Egan, Munsey, and Horn Springs occupy the area that to the pioneer was known simply as 'on Hickory Ridge.'"

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Don't forget the Mt. Juliet Census

Most everyone should have received your Census card in the mail or a knock on your door by one of our city workers by now. If you have not already received it please let us know and we'll get you one or you can give us the information over the phone or in person at city hall if you prefer. We can even come to you if that helps. Each city worker will have proper city identification in hand, so please, please take the time to fill it out and mail it in. We so desperately need your help.

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HISTORY: Parting the Canebreak

The express purpose of the writing of this column is very simple. Many, many people and families have moved to Lebanon and to Wilson County from other places who have absolutely no knowledge of our local history, how we came to be, or who and what we are.

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Puppies of this state need your voice

If you care about animals, especially your canine companions, and believe puppy mills should continue to be regulated, then please read this and speak out. These innocent animals need our voices to be heard on their behalf.

Silence will ensure the lack of regulation of puppy mills in the Volunteer State, as the Tennessee Breeding Act, also known as the Puppy Mill Law, is slated to expire on June 30 of this year. Without this law, Tennessee would have no regulation enforcement and may very well become a magnet for unscrupulous breeders across the state.

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In my humble opinion, Setterlund did it to himself

Ever since breaking the story for The Wilson Post about former Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund’s answers to questions about having a drink and then driving his Board of Education-issued vehicle on Jan. 16, I’ve been asked in a myriad of ways, “What do you think about the situation?”

Well, Saturday, it was done. Dr. Setterlund signed a release and settlement agreement, received a nice severance package and waived his right to ever sue the BOE or the County Commission over his employment or resignation.

Now, I can voice my opinion.

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Through the tunnel

I particularly enjoy your comments on literature, my favorite subject in high school. I noticed Doris Lessing has passed away. I believe we read a story by her. Right?

-You Were One of My Teachers 

In an article dated Nov. 17, 2013, The New York Times book section observed, “Doris Lessing on the Nobel Prize: When reporters in 2007 told Ms. Lessing that she had won the Nobel Prize for literature, she said, ‘I couldn’t care less.’”

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New Year's wishes from County Mayor

With the new year approaching, it’s a time remember the good times of 2013 and to celebrate the future of 2014. The most important thing I want everyone to remember during this time is to have fun and celebrate safely.

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May the Serenity Prayer be your guide in 2014

By the time you read this, 2014 will either be just around the corner or will have already arrived. It’s a new year for new beginnings and new endings, or to use a single word, another year for changes.

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Oh, don’t say that! Don’t write it, either

How about some advice for the new year? Maybe a list of terrible language gaffes? Thanks for your efforts to improve us.

                        -A Friend

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Merry Christmas from The Post

We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas.

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So I said to Gabriel...(A Christmas Story)

Outside, snowy and still, little brushes of sound, pools of light, darkness gathered up around the house. Inside, not so cozy, messy, air heavy with yesterday’s argument, and the day before’s.

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She just wanted to know where to buy stick candy

A neighborhood Dollar General Store was crowded this past Saturday morning.              

There were probably six, eight, maybe 10 customers in line waiting to checkout when a decent looking, modestly dressed woman approached customers in line to checkout.              

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Merry Christmas!

Into the darkness of midwinter, into the time of fearsome shadow, empty trees, and icy pathways, comes light – a splendor of light, a humbleness of light.

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A belated list of Thanksgiving
A belated list of Thanksgiving

I had hoped to write this column for last Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but circumstances beyond my control took over my life. So please forgive me as I give thanks for many things – a week after this truly American holiday.

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Constructive criticism can be beneficial
Constructive criticism can be beneficial

No one likes to hear criticism, which is defined as “the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing” by Merriam-Webster dictionary. I get that. I don’t like being criticized.

However, I’ve never been one to shy away from constructive criticism, which dictionary.com defines as “criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions.”

Unfortunately, though, I’ve observed throughout the years that all too often people view constructive criticism as just criticism and refuse to acknowledge that ideas or suggestions for improvement have any merit.

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Someone, please explain this to me
Someone, please explain this to me

I need someone to please explain to me how certain self-proclaimed Tea Party Republicans can face the American people and say they were correct in shutting down the government and taking our country to the brink of financial disaster.

 I realize I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I knew that in the seventh grade when my IQ score fell just shy of being high enough to place me in the special kids classroom whose scores deemed them the “smart ones.”

 But what I lacked in academic learning, I feel I’ve made up through a strong dose of common sense – at least more than many politicians I know.

 So I’m confused – and I’m serious about this. It’s not a laughing matter. The party of Abraham Lincoln, who I feel would be embarrassed by the antics of the Tea Party faction, caused a painful shutdown, put almost one million people out of work, and took our country to the very brink of financial collapse.

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Will someone please find that thin line of respect?
Will someone please find that thin line of respect?

Thanks to a recent rather snide Facebook post by a friend of mine who is as red a Republican as they come (which he has since removed so don’t bother looking), I was able to finally pinpoint what has made me so ill about the last five years of partisan fighting.

The actions of today’s politicians and many of their supporters on both sides of the aisle go against a principle my Daddy instilled in me and that has become a creed of mine as a journalist throughout the years.

 Daddy told me, “You don’t have to respect or like the people who hold public office. Respect is not something you give to another simply because they were elected. They have to earn it. But at the same time, you must always respect the office that they hold. That does command your respect. It’s finding that thin line to walk in those situations that is difficult.”

 

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Are you registered to vote?

Tuesday, Sept. 24, was National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide effort to make sure Americans are registered to cast ballots in the upcoming 2014 and beyond elections.

According to the events website: In 2008, six million Americans didnt vote because they missed a registration deadline or didnt know how to register. In 2013, we want to make sure no one is left out.

On its Partners page, several hundred organizations, businesses, secondary schools, colleges, universities, senior living facilities and voters rights organizations are sponsors. No one is listed as a lead organizer, which is probably how it should be.

The day is a single day of coordinated volunteer, technology and media efforts to create widespread awareness of voter registration opportunities.

Given the state of affairs in Washington, and that next year, Wilson County voters will be faced with the largest ballot since 2006, it is crucial that every effort be made to get people registered to vote.

A non-partisan effort, the purpose of this day is generate awareness of the importance of voting, while registering tens of thousands of voters in person, as well as online

But more importantly, and I quote the website: National Voter Registration Day will be an opportunity to put our differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans.

What a message to send to Congress and the president, while our national leaders continue to tear each other apart by advancing their own political agendas instead of doing the peoples business.

The day and date for this national event were chosen deliberately by organizers to fall on a Tuesday, because thats day of the week most people associate with elections, and to be far enough in advance of any election so as to ensure the most number of individuals possible could be registered before any primary is held.

If I were in Congress, Id pay attention. Its time we remind our elected officials that as President Abraham Lincoln said in The Gettysburg Address, our country is a government of the people, by the people, for the people

Somewhere along the way, our national leaders have forgotten that the people are the ones who give them their jobs through our votes at the ballot box; that the people pay their salaries through our tax dollars; and that the people let them stay employed as public officials or not.

But all this is just rhetoric and empty words if they are not backed by actions in the voters booth. Unless you register to vote and then turn out and cast your ballot, nothing will ever change.

Some may cry, It doesnt matter if I vote or not. Theyre going to do what they want regardless. This may be true in the short run. But in the long run, the American people have showed many a politician the door through the casting of their votes.

While Tuesday may have been the official day to register voters, its not too late. Anyone at the Wilson County Election Commission will be happy to help you register. Contact them at (615) 444-0216; via email at office@wilsonelections.com; visit their website at www.wilsonelections.com; or drop by the office at 203 East Main St., Lebanon, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Remember, registering to vote is the only way you have the power to decide who will and will not represent you in public office. Thanks to the millions of men and women who have fought and died throughout our countrys history, we, as citizens of the United States of America, are able to vote without coercion or fear.

Dont take it for granted. Register today.

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Why don't we let the school board raise taxes?

Some things never seem to change in local government, specifically the annual struggle to strike a balance between the county commission and the Wilson County school system when it comes to adequate funding levels.

The new director of schools, Dr. Tim Setterlund, has publicly stated he hopes to improve things in this area by building trust through open communications with the commission and the public. I applaud him for taking this position and for recognizing that trust between the two parties is critical going forward.

 

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