Today is Friday, August 28, 2015

WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick
WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick

Wilson County Commissioners voted last week to increase their own pay from $400 a month to $800 a month by a vote of 16-6 with three commissioners absent.

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The reader is more important than the award
The reader is more important than the award

On the heels of being named one of Tennessee's top newspapers, I wanted to thank everyone at The Wilson Post who has helped grow this publication into one of the strongest and most well-rounded in the state. Our staff of writers, photographers, designers, columnists and editors cannot be matched in talent, determination, expertise and camaraderie.

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Personal Safety Measures
Personal Safety Measures

With our fast-paced lifestyles, we sometimes overlook safety measures that are essential to our survival and safety.

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Old Glory
Old Glory
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Feelin' Old

You may have noticed that I misspelled "feeling" in the title of this article. You may also notice that this is a slang word used to express how someone might feel.

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An Exponential Tourism Boost
An Exponential Tourism Boost

"Build it and they will come" is one of the most recognized lines from the movie "Field Of Dreams."

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Smell the Roses

Do you remember the saying, "You've got to slow down in order to smell the roses"?

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Slick-Talking and Jive-Walking Crooks

Now that spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, there is no time like the present to take preventive steps and measures against thefts, scams and fraud.

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Heart of a Teacher
Heart of a Teacher

Being a teacher is a true calling. Like any other profession, there are those who would say teachers don't get paid nearly enough for what they do. Well, I believe without a doubt teachers don't teach for the money. Teachers teach because they love what they do and cherish preparing their students' minds for the future.

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Decisions

Most everything we do in life requires some type of decision.

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Insecurity Digest: Dear Hardee's
Insecurity Digest: Dear Hardee's

Before you dismiss the next few moments as some fluffy, middle-aged, prudish, past-her-prime, woman's rant against young twenty-something females who have bodies for days and sex appeal that sells, don't.

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Try a Little Tenderness

When it comes to our senior citizens, we must do all that we can to honor and cherish them.

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Child and Teen Safety Measures

I would like to take a moment to remind all parents of the importance of using good child and teen safety measures and making children and teens aware of "stranger danger" and predators.

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The less fortunate are leading the way
The less fortunate are leading the way

With the holidays warming the hearts of locals, there's no better time to give to those less fortunate.

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Who's fighting to keep Hwy. 109 safe?

Another day, another report of a fatal accident on Highway 109.

This one comes with news that two Portland High School students were killed Monday night on their way home from a high school bowling match in Gallatin, while two more were injured.

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What does Amp mean to Wilson County?

There have been many questions about the new Amp service that is proposed and how it will affect Wilson County.

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Concerned citizen to legislature: You work for us

I am a proud yet concerned citizen living in a wonderful growing suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, in Wilson County.

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Concerned citizen to legislature:
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No place like Holmes

Dear Anne, As I sit at my breakfast table, I see a small limb bending down near our bird feeders. On this limb is one small piece of a leaf.

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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 dont we let the school board raise taxes?

By AMELIA MORRISON HIPPS

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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