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Columns

  • Speed thrills

    If you're like me, going fast is fun, and going even faster is, well, more fun.

    I've always liked to drive fast, and I've been fortunate that I haven't had too many traffic stops, and only one speeding ticket. As I've gotten older, I realize safety is more important than the thrill of speed, at least behind the wheel of my own car, so I've slowed down a little.

  • Experiencing Mammoth Cave again

     

    As I made my way down the nearly 300 steps, I was starting to wonder what in the world I was doing there.

    I could see the bottom of the cave through the steps as I plunged deeper in. An important note, I have a minor fear of heights.

    Hearing that it would take medics three hours to get to someone in need of medical attention heightened my fear a bit.

  • When you can't care enough to care

    You can often see it in their eyes, if you take the time to look. That far away gaze tells you they are somewhere else - maybe in the future or the past, but not the present.

    Or sometimes their eyes dart this way and that, like those of a trapped animal searching for an escape route.

    And if you have occasion to be with them for very long, you'll notice a restlessness, an inability to move forward with any kind of fruitfulness, even though they might exhibit workaholic tendencies or conversely, extreme lethargy.

  • 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.