It's budget time in Wilson County, and it's always a shock to find out how fast our county is growing and how much more expensive goods and services become each year. While we understand that costs to operate government increase over time, it is our responsibility as county commissioners to be good stewards of Wilson County taxpayers' money.
While many people are paying attention to the latest breaking news from the White House, we should not forget about our nation's health care situation.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.
As chairman of the Wilson County Election Commission, I have observed in the last few years the election process from each election to its certified end. I conclude that we have the best poll workers in the state of Tennessee.
Holiday traditions of giving make this season special because those of you who give are making our community -- or nation, or world -- a better place to live.
I would like to encourage those who have not voted, for whatever reason, to go out and vote. We need to exercise our right and responsibility as citizens, and we must not let the recent negative publicity influence our decision in this election.
This column was written in response to Planning Commission Member Larry Hubbard's comments in the article, 'Emotions should be removed from decision-making,' which ran in The Wilson Post on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
I felt I needed to respond to your article in Wednesdays paper.
First of all I have served on the Lebanon Planning Commission for 12 years, this is a few years more than Mr. Larry Hubbard. I can tell you he is way out of line in saying what he did about emotions playing a part in my resigning. Why does my resigning even warrant a comment from him??? Do not speak for me.
This October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons focusing on taking a stand against ageism. Many older Americans deal with this problem daily. Retirees have also been "beaten up" economically for the past several years.
My name is Carl Price and I was born in a house on Greenwood Road near Shop Spring(s). I have just finished reading your two articles in the 8/31 Post with tears in my eyes. I always read your feature articles, but "Sentimental Journey to Shop Springs" was one of the very best I have ever read.
Some folks measure the success of our fair by the number of attendance. After attending our fair for nine days, I think a different measurement of success is needed. In the past we have watched our attendance grow and continue to break records; however, as I enjoyed the fair, it was apparent to me that our volunteers added the extra enthusiasm to make this a successful fair.
I experienced firsthand the collective ire of my neighbors when I presented them a petition addressed to the Wilson County Assessor of Property (WCAP) to review and make proper reductions to the 2016 appraised values on our properties. They all received the same notification in the mail early in the week and were understandably upset about the inconceivable increases ranging from 42% to 50%; my case being 44% with the land-only portion 60%. They all signed the petition; many thanking me for taking a stand.
It was another special evening at the Wilson County Teacher of the Year Banquet. Two very community-minded businesses, Wilson County Motors and CedarStone Bank, again came together and held the 18th annual Teacher of the Year Banquet at Cumberland University. Cumberland University served a very elegant dinner, and their newly selected president Dr. Paul Stumb gave remarks about our ever-changing society.
I'm writing about the infamous "Bathroom Bill" that our local State Rep. Susan Lynn sponsored, which was taken "off-notice" Monday afternoon. While I'm glad that Susan has pulled the bill, I'm hesitant to thank her because the bill never should have been introduced to begin with! The very fact it was even written and sponsored by Lynn shows the severe lack of judgement and out-of-touch leadership that has been her trademark.
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