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Letter to the editor

The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center would like to extend a special thanks to the record 300 participants who walked on Jan. 19 in the Third Annual Unity March through Lebanon to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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LTTE: Laguardo Water gets OK from TDEC

General Manager of Laguardo Utility District responds to latest reports from TDEC about their water quality.

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Letter to the Editor

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

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Letter to the Editor

It's time for New Year's resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is still our fork. Forty-five times as many die of chronic diseases linked to a diet containing animal products, sugar and salt.

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Chamber asks resident to spread the word about Taste of Wilson

To the Editor:

These days it seems just about everything we do must be scheduled ahead of time and logged on a calendar of some kind, electronic or otherwise. I hope youll take this opportunity to tap, click, type, write or make an old-school mental note, and add Taste of Wilson County to your calendar of choice for Thursday, Oct. 18. Oktoberfest weekend at Wilson Bank & Trust kicks off that evening with a Taste event that you will not want to miss.

Hosted by Wilson Bank & Trust, Performance Food Group and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Wilson County was originally organized to promote local restaurants and caterers while giving back to local education through the Chambers education fund.

Today the event has grown into much more than that. Its an annual occasion for everyone to become a foodie, sampling some of the countys best food while enjoying a night out with family and friends. The Taste marketplace also gives you a place to shop, paint and socialize while cleansing your palate for the next bite. To top it off (so to speak), this years event also features a grill-off among local celebrities and chefs, and our VIP section comes with a personal chef and a little extra pampering for those who enjoy the royal treatment.

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Lebanon residents carry countys tax burden most

To the Editor:

With the proposed Wilson County tax increase open for discussion this coming Monday night, I reflected over my years of engaging the county system to realize that many of the questions I had asked before still have not been answered. I wanted to share those questions and my thought process then and now as maybe someone out there could receive answers before the commission blankets the issue with a countywide tax increase.

I pay on my current home property taxes which include a city tax of $197.86, a special school tax of $223.28 and a county tax of $1,431.48. For the $197.86 city tax I receive police and fire protection, parks and recreation, paved city streets, weekly garbage collection and removal of brush, things I can instantly think of I am receiving for my dollars.

For the $223.28 special school tax I have received school buildings for my children pre-K through the eighth grades. These school tax dollars supplement the state and federal dollars the county receives and forwards to the Lebanon Special School District, where educators have a better pay scale, new schools have been built (Castle Heights and Winfree-Bryant), debt service payments made and maintenance for these and all the LSSD buildings provided without any ado or tax increases.

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Reader: Cure "gov't addiction" to other people's money

To the Editor:

It is obvious that What happens in Nashville does not stay in Nashville. It looks like Mayor Karl Deans tax addiction is contagious. Only weeks after Nashville passed the biggest property tax increase in history, Wilson County has decided to follow suite. They have proposed a minimum 22-cent property tax for the entire county.

We all appreciate their desire to increase revenue to improve our communities and reward our dedicated county employees and teachers for their stellar contributions, but, I strongly believe that this is not the time to increase property taxes on anyone.

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Writer remembers friend, "Bob" Beckwith

To the Editor:

Robert Bob Beckwith of Watertown was buried Friday, July 27, with full military honors. Several persons and relatives attended the service and burial.

Bob, a friend and someone who not only served his country in time of World War II, but came back to his home and served as a mail carrier and contributor to his community, fellow man and countless others, was a highly decorated soldier of Wilson County. Among the numerous decorations he earned in the United States Army was: Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for the three times he was wounded by enemy fire. One of these, a sniper bullet, he carried with him in his body to his grave.

Linda Beth Evins gave a beautiful eulogy relating to an interview she did with Bob a few years ago. She detailed by memory the places in the South Pacific in which he heroically served and also his subsequent service to his community. One could witness, on the faces of those in attendance, the admiration for Bob and his great loss to the community and nation.

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Reader: Sidewalk improvements would go a long way

To the Editor:

I have a request to the public at large and to Mayor Philip Craighead and the Lebanon City Council. My request is about the status of the public sidewalk system. This is an area of transportation that has been grossly neglected over the years and even after the American Disability Act lawsuit we have found that it is difficult for the city fathers to address the problems of safe sidewalk surfacing throughout our grand city.

In some areas work has been complied correctly, and the walkways are safe for the traveling public and in other areas the task was completed half-heartedly and it very much shows in the workmanship completed in this particular area.

A first example is that of the bridge at Ole Neighborhood Bar and Grill on West Main Street. That it has taken months to have the bridge cleaned and then have the same so-called project capped so that folks can proceed over the walkways of the bridge seems like a surmountable act for this City to complete in a timely manner.

Secondly, but just as important, are the signal light buttons throughout our community that are either installed incorrectly so that a person in a wheelchair cannot use the buttons since they are so far off of the right-of-way, or are misplaced to a point that someone in a wheelchair is unable to operate the call button to get to the curb and safely cross the street before the traffic light changes from green back to red.

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Mayor thanks all who helped Whip Crackin' Rodeo

To the Editor:

My wife Darlene and I would like to commend all the sponsors and volunteers who played a vital role in the success of the 3rd Annual Charity WHIP CRACKIN' RODEO.

Without sponsorship support, events like the rodeo could not be made available to our community, while providing a sustainable impact of support to our local charities and additional commerce to our city.

This year, we were able to provide over 250 special needs children with a very special day of activities and enjoyment. The experience included lots of games and prizes. They got to see ESPN's Omega Force strongman show and the performance of the Coppertown Clown with man's best friend, the rescue dogs known as the Mutley Crew. The kids had the opportunity to ride horses, pet numerous farm animals, and see a few of the events which are held during the Rodeo. Michelle Hill's Empower Me Day Camp was on hand to make sure the Special Events Day was well organized and a huge success. Michelle adds that special touch to any event.

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Greenhill Woman's Club of MJ thanks community

To the Editor:

The Greenhill Woman's club of Mt. Juliet would like to take this opportunity to thank some special people who made the Wilson County FCE Spring Luncheon on May 1 a success.

We would like to thank Houston's Catering of Mt. Juliet for the delicious food enjoyed by all attending.Special thanks go to each fce member who entered an apron to raise money for 4-H scholarships.Our program was provided by the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and we wish to thank them and UT specialist, Justin Crowe, for a very enjoyable day.Going above and beyond were Medina Vail and Channing Dudley.Thank you, ladies, for your outstanding contribution.

Others who helped make the luncheon so special were the staff of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, the staff of Wilson County Extension, Moss' Florist and Greenhouse and H&R Block.Thanks to each of you.

Wanda Briddelle, President,
Greenhill Woman's Club,
Mt. Juliet

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Bert Coble Singers to continue with new director

To the Editor:

During the 24 years of producing The Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows, The Wilson Post has been so very gracious in their eagerness to promote stories about our Singers and their performances.

As a result of our large attendance for the 2011 performances, we were able to present a check to Cumberland University for $2,565 for the Bert Coble Music Scholarship; to the American Cancer Society for $1,083; and to the American Heart Association for $790.

Over the years it is estimated that more than $150,000 has been given to these organizations.

Since we announced to the world that 2011 would be our last Bert Coble Singers Christmas Dinner Shows, things have changed. You will be pleased to know the Shows will go on this fall under the direction of Jennifer Perry. She has been our associate director for most of these years and is an excellent musician and director. She is presently with CedarStone Bank and is music director at Carthage United Methodist Church.

We appreciate you who have been our guests over the years and now we are glad that our program will continue.

Dr. Bert and Sue Coble
Lebanon

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Reader: Black should explain Medicare position

To the Editor:

We should all be elated that the Honorable Congressperson Diane Black is single-handedly saving Medicare for the burgeoning numbers of retiring baby boomers and future generations.

I wish Ms. Black would tell or explain how the elimination of Medicare as we know it is protecting Medicare. I call that the ultimate spin in a spin century. Also, just how much will this so-called protection of Medicare cost the individual on said Medicare versus the current system?

Finally, how will a change, such as that proposed by Ms. Black, or is it Black/Ryan, affect her spouses balance sheet or the insurance company contributors who have contributed $71,278 from her last report to the Federal Election Commission?

Frank C. Newbell
Lebanon

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Reader thanks Mayor for effort and diligence in Animal Control issue

Editors Note: The following letter was sent to Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and sent to The Wilson Post as well by Mr. Gilchrist.

To the Editor:

Dear Mayor Hutto: Thank you for your thorough response to my plea for help regarding my cat attack situation. I am grateful for your follow-through and the effort you put into seeing the problem from my point of view.

Your diligence in discussing the problem with the director of Wilson County Animal Control, and also with members of the county commission, has brought the much-needed changes to help citizens who may well be faced with a situation similar to mine.

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Reader salutes late WWII veteran Gurule

To the Editor:

On March 10, 2012, at age 91, Freddie Gurule passed away at his home. A quiet, unassuming man, you would never assume that he was a war hero.

Freddie first came to Lebanon during the maneuvers of World War II. He served in the Pacific Theatre during the war. Freddie was bilingual and while stationed in the Philippines, his unit was assigned to work with Philippine Rangers. His unit received numerous citations.

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CHE Librarian thanks local Book Fair sponsors

To the Editor:

Recently we hosted our annual spring Scholastic Book Fair at Castle Heights Elementary School. It always generates a lot of activity and fun when the school library becomes a bookstore for a week, but the primary purpose of the event is to promote reading and get children excited about books!

This fair was exceptionally exciting for the students and teachers at Castle Heights because of the generous support of our community. The program, Partnership in Reading, allowed local businesses and individuals in our community to participate through financial sponsorship of classrooms so that every child could receive a book of his or her choice to keep.

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Reader: Voter turnout "pathetic"

To the Editor:

Seriously? Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren says 18.5 percent voter turnout was a good day?

Wait, are we talking about a dictatorship where voting becomes obsolete, or America where men and women give their lives every day for the freedoms we enjoyincluding the right to vote?

He says, good day, I say pathetic. We should know better. Stop complaining if you are not willing to exercise your right, no, your duty.

Greg Fast
Mt. Juliet

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Reader: someone stole from local chapter of Vietnam Vets of America

To the Editor:

On Saturday morning, February 25, several members of the Vietnam Veterans of America organization (V.V.A.), Chapter #1004 of Lebanon, Tennessee, visited our storage facilities at 6920 E Old Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, Tennessee, and discovered that our building had been burglarized. Among the stolen items are a cooking unit, various pieces of metal, boxes of paper products and food items.

We are a non-profit organization which assist disabled and needy War Veterans including, but not limited to, the Vietnam Veterans, their dependents, the widows and orphans of deceased Veterans. We aid veterans by supplying them food, clothing, appliances, utility/property tax bills and transportation to the area V.A. Hospitals. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, we donate food packages to needy veterans.

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Letter: Stand against perpetual oppression

To the Editor:

Ten years after George W. Bush and his foreign policy advisors planned to invade the Iraqi people months before Sept. 11, 2001 and seize their oil for the powers that be, thousands have needlessly died and trillions of dollars cunningly dispersed.

Yet the conspirators did this with complete impunity and now theyre in on dividing up the rest of the take 110 billion barrels of oil. Meanwhile, since many of the troops have come home the U.S. taxpayers are obliged to pay thousands of corporate mercenaries up to a thousand dollars a day or roughly $3.2 billion a year, counting the most expensive embassy in the world, to protect it for those privileged few.

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Letter: Poor Republican choices for President in 2012

To the Editor:

We are faced with another bunch of poor choices for 2012. When I am writing this, the only Republican choices are Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. That is about the ranking that I see them, too.

I only wish the media would delve into the actual positions, contributions and history of each candidate instead of the horse race analogy, the terms conservative, moderate, values conservative, liberal or libertarian. All I have to say about these terms is who cares?

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Letter: Photo IDs required for other things, why not voting?

To the Editor:

When I enrolled in the first grade, 65 years ago, I had to present a birth certificate. My parents used my hospital birth certificate which contained my name, birth date, feet prints, the names of my parents and their place of birth, my mothers finger print and the place of my birth. It also had a large, embossed gold seal and several signatures.

I used that same birth certificate when registering for my Social Security number, applied for a driver license, registered for the draft, registered for college admission, bought life insurance, applied for a marriage license, registered to vote and for everything else that needed proof of birth and citizenship.

A few years ago the laws changed. When I applied for a passport, I was told I had to provide a state certified birth certificate and a picture. The U.S. and state government would no longer accept my voters registration card. They would not take my hospital birth certificate. I had to pay $10 to the state where I was born to get a certified copy. When my wife and I applied for Social Security and Medicate benefits, we had to present photo ID and state certified birth certificates.

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Carroll-Oakland thanks Dillon for remembering them

Editors Note: The following letter was sent to the family of the late Mrs. Rose Dillon thanking them for asking the community to donate to Carroll-Oakland School in Mrs. Dillons memory. The schools principal, Carol Ferrell, also shared the letter with The Wilson Post as a way to also thank the family publicly.

To the Rose Dillon Family:

On behalf of Carroll-Oakland School, I want to extend my condolences over the recent loss of Mrs. Rose. During my years at Carroll-Oakland, Mrs. Rose was a wonderful neighbor to the school and I considered her a sweet friend.

Our school was greatly honored when you selected us to receive donations from community members wishing to remember Mrs. Rose. Weve received several donations and have been carefully deciding how best to use the money. I hope you will be pleased with our decision.

We have a high poverty rate at Carroll-Oakland and we spend a lot of time and money helping students with clothing, as well as personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, etc During the same week, we received monetary donations from friends of Mrs. Rose, we also received a wonderful donation from Gladeville Baptist Church of much needed items such as socks, gloves, soap and deodorant. We immediately thought of a great idea. With the money we will purchase a metal cabinet and fill it with the donations and we will call it ROSES CLOSET! This fulfills a great need for the Carroll-Oakland community and will prolong the legacy of the Dillon family, namely Mrs. Rose.

We want to thank the wonderful donors who have made this possible: Robert and Faye Dedman, Neal and Deborah Oakley, Melanie Dillon, William and Kristina McKee and Gladeville Baptist Church. And we especially thank you, the Dillon family, for being wonderful neighbors to Carroll-Oakland School.

Carol M. Ferrell
Principal
Carroll-Oakland School
Lebanon

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Final basketball game at Campbell-Brandon gymnasium tonight

It has been said that all good things must come to an end and thus another chapter ends at the current Lebanon High School.

This Friday night at 6:30 p.m. the last Varsity Basketball game will be played on the LHS court. Though it is a bittersweet time, we look forward with great anticipation to our next venture as we prepare to move into our new facility on Blue Devil Drive.

If the court could talk, it would tell of many happy times, wins and losses and wonderful memories shared throughout the years. Once again we would like to invite all of those that were such a vital part of LHS basketball games to come and be a part of our big finale.

All of the former cheerleaders, managers, coaches and basketball players that at one time graced the court are all invited to come and be recognized on Friday night. Lebanon High School is a community school with a lot of pride and tradition that has been passed down through the ages.

Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil. We will save you a seat!

Myra Jane Sloan, Ed.S.
Principal
Lebanon High School

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Republican candidates look to former Bush advisors

To the Editor:

Ten years after George W. Bush and his foreign policy advisors planned to invade the Iraqi people months before Sept. 11, 2001 and seize their oil for the powers that be, thousands have needlessly died and trillions of dollars cunningly dispersed.

Yet the conspirators did this with complete impunity and now theyre in on dividing up the rest of the take 110 billion barrels of oil. Meanwhile, since many of the troops have come home the U.S. taxpayers are obliged to pay thousands of corporate mercenaries up to a thousand dollars a day or roughly $3.2 billion a year, counting the most expensive embassy in the world, to protect it for those privileged few.

Still the Republican Presidential contenders are turning to this team of sideshow veterans for their foreign policy advice, the architects of the prearranged wars. Mitt Romney is calling on Cofer Black, the chairman of a firm that is a subsidiary of Blackwater/Worldwide, the same Blackwater whose mercenaries massacred unarmed Iraqi civilians. Then add Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, two neo-cons with Kristol being one of the founders of Project for the New American Century that promoted full-scale military action on the war-ravaged Iraqi people. Hes also using Walid Phares as an advisor, a Fox News talking head.

And theres Newt Gingrich, the mop-haired caricature undone by petulance and hypocrisy while carrying on an extramarital affair who was not only in favor of the terrorist war on Iraq from the beginning that killed children, seniors, et al., but is now advocating doing the same to Iran as does the purported pious Rick Santorum. Meanwhile Rick Perrys relying on Donald Rumsfeld and Dough Feith who persuaded the Bush administration to make Saddam Husseins weapons of mass destruction the rationale for going to warall intentionally fraudulent.

Inasmuch to witness all the wrongdoing and the innumerable many that fall for no reason is convincing. Enough so that every man make it his business to understand, to do his own thinking and take little traditional wisdom and orthodoxies for granted. Were all victims, but if we remain true to our moral imperatives and rebel against perpetual oppression and injustice while standing up for the dispossessed, poor and weak, even to failwe win.

Robert Knowles
Lebanon

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Reader to candidates: Provide real solutions

To the Editor:

We are faced with another bunch of poor choices for 2012. When I am writing this, the only Republican choices are Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. That is about the ranking that I see them, too.

I only wish the media would delve into the actual positions, contributions and history of each candidate instead of the horse race analogy, the terms conservative, moderate, values conservative, liberal or libertarian. All I have to say about these terms is who cares?

Beware the candidate who says he will balance the budget, lower taxes and increase military spending. That is poppycock and not a little dishonest. This is dishonest because the increase in military spending only increases the candidates contributions from the military-industrial complex. When you consider an increase in military spending you need to listen to the military, not lobbyists for the corporations. National defense is not a jobs program.

What I want to know is what a candidate wants to do about the deficit and the national debt which accelerated under Reagan, the two Bushes and President Barack Obama. I know its boring, but frankly I do not want to live in a tent. Also, I do not want to hear any more garbage about reducing the payroll tax. Congress has for years spent the excess in payroll taxes and issues IOUs and bonds to put in the Social Security Trust Fund. Now we are spending at both ends of the spectrum.

Do not promise to reduce taxes on investments or continue the current 15 percent rate and increase military spending. We have been down that dead end road before. The argument that this increases employment is correct, but where? According to Money magazine, of which I question the absolute numbers but not the conclusion, all new money invested in the stock market since 2007 has been invested overseas. Where did you say those jobs were?

All the comments about too much regulation are also hogwash. Lack of regulation and failure to enforce the regulations already on the books was one of the major causes of the real estate financial services meltdown in addition to the failed action by mortgage companies allowing borrowers into homes they could not afford with the complicity of Congress and courts.

We need to hold our leaders feet to the fire. Apathy is a copout and will result in failure.

Frank C. Newbell
Lebanon

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