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Columns

  • Ironing seen as a form of torture

    Tonight, I ironed some clothes. If you don't think that's worth mentioning, it's either because you've never ironed any yourself, or because you're a lot better at it than I am.

    There are jobs to be done in life that I'll never master and ironing is one of them. I enjoy the idea of pressing something to make it look better, but as soon as I start, I remember all over again how impossible ironing is for me. I think there is a special place in heaven for those mothers and wives that spend days of their lives ironing clothes.

  • Protecting our parks is everyone's responsibility

    Drive by on a sunny afternoon and you're sure to see children climbing across the monkey bars and fitness enthusiasts walking around the track or playing tennis at one of our local parks.

    Frequent hotspots for fun seekers of all ages, Miller Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Trace Creek Park and Green River Lake State Park offer family-friendly recreation for little or no cost to visitors.

  • Remembering a friend

     

    A newspaper, like many work places, can make your co-workers feel like family. You spend a lot of time together, often more than you spend at home with your real family.

  • Rain brings difficult challenges

     

    Tony Young

    Campbellsville Mayor

    What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, we were in desperate need of rainfall.

    Our farmers suffered heavy financial losses as crops dried up and failed to produce. Our gardens produced less than expected fresh homegrown vegetables. We just experienced record level rainfalls last week. Unfortunately, we are not always prepared for continuous heavy rainfalls in July.

  • Walking for a cure

     

    They walked hand in hand. They propped each other up. And they waited for each other, determined to make sure each finished.

    I watched recently as cancer survivors and then their caregivers made a lap around the Taylor County High School football field.

    Relay for Life is always an exciting event, full of fun and games, but also full of reality. There are some who were there last year but aren't this year, and not because they were busy.

  • Laws against sagging pants

     

    I often read my Georgia hometown newspaper, The Moultrie Observer online, and keep up with folks I've known for years. I'm also interested in what actions governmental bodies act upon.

    Recently, the council had final reading on a measure updating an ordinance aimed at public indecency, most notably, at people who wear sagging pants, exposing their underwear, and backsides, to the world.

    The old ordinance states in its entirety: "It shall be unlawful for any person within this city to commit any act of public indecency."

  • Legislators busy with interim session

    As you may know, the interim is in full swing with committees continuing to meet to study new issues and to review the progress of newly enacted laws.

    These committees are made up of both Senate and House members and are known as Interim Joint Committees. I chair the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.

    I serve on nine other committees and task forces that tackle issues ranging from energy to education to health and welfare to economic development and tourism, among others.

  • Enjoy a vacation making memories

    In a jet black Plymouth Fury, built before air conditioning or seat belts were standard equipment, the vacation of a lifetime began.

    The massive vehicle would accommodate four adults, three children and a baby on a trip to California to meet Mickey Mouse. At 8, I was the oldest of that pack of kids.

    Disneyland was a novel concept in America, a new idea that became known as a theme park.

    In our household, summer vacation was a novel concept. It came about thanks to the prosperity offered by my father's first factory job.

  • Listening to Dad

    I still call my dad most every morning. While I'm driving to work, he's slowly but surely making his way to breakfast in the retirement facility where Dad and Mom now live.

    I sometimes have difficulty communicating on the phone with Dad since his hearing is not what it used to be. Dad just turned 89. So, I was encouraged when Dad told me he was getting new hearing aids. I thought that would make our conversations easier.

    "I just got my new hearing aids," he proudly announced one morning not long ago.

  • Doing your best during adversity

    Recently, I came home from work one day and felt a sharp pain in my stomach. It was a familiar pain, one that has occurred eight times over the past 17 years. Each time, I was hospitalized for a number of days until the blockage dissolved.

    But this time would be different and much more challenging. This time I needed surgery. The surgery went well, but the recovery time was lengthy and unexpected. Bad things happen at the most inconvenient times.