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Being grateful for Dr. Farrar

By ANNE DONNELL

Sometimes we’re numbed by the ordinary and miss greatness as it moves among us. We’ve reached for celebrity and celebrities, accepting their luxuries, their awards, their performances, as matters of high importance. Yet, what rings true to us, what inspires us is usually far closer.

So it is when Tuesday morning, while working quietly at Carthage Hospital quite a remarkable man, a loving, accomplished, generous helping of a man whose broadness of spirit encompassed more than one continent, was injured -- quite beyond repair, left paralyzed, left to find the simple act of breathing unmanageable. Fractured neck vertebra, a small destruction in the great scheme of things, perhaps. But perhaps not.

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Warming up on the equator in Ecuador

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

A midwinter trip south seems to have defrosted my circulation. We flew to Quito, Ecuador and then to Baltra airport on the Galapagos Islands. Sea lions greeted us at the port where the Zodiac raft boats transported us to the Explorer II, a ship with a 200-passenger capacity that would island-hop the next week.

After a delicious lunch served buffet style on the ship we took the small raft boats to Santa Cruz Island to view land iguanas, seabirds and the always present sea lions. We walked carefully staying on marked trails as the naturalist guides, natives of the Islands, pointed out many features of the plants and animals. Most amazing was the almost complete disregard the animals had for us enabling us to approach them very closely. We could have touched them but were strictly warned not to do so. Even Tommy and Paula Fullington, our neighbors from home who accompanied us on the trip, seemed to enjoy identifying the birds and learning about the volcanic origins of the islands.

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Letters to the Editor

War has weakened economy, but how much?

To the Editor:

Opinion polls say that voter's main worry is now the economy, not the war, but there is no way to disentangle the two. The question is not whether the economy has been weakened by the war, the question is how much. According to acclaimed economists, if the U.S. should make a total withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by 2012, which is doubtful, the economic impact will be right at $6 trillion. Other than the immediate expense made known will be the interest on borrowed money, and the Veterans Administration announced 850,000 veterans that will require indefinite medical care, disability compensation, death benefits, treatment for chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, evacuation and many other extended costs.

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General News

Concerns raised by health report

By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post

Wilson Countians generally are healthier and live longer than the average Tennessean, according to a new report on county-by-county health statistics, but there are still some concerns about the environment we live in, the habits we practice and the air we breathe.

Wilson ranked sixth in the state in the category of health outcomes, which measures the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people who report being in fair or poor health, the number of days people report being in poor physical health and in poor mental health and the rate of low-birthweight infants.

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Exhibit boasts benefits of alpaca fibers

From Post staff reports

Mt. Juliet will play host to the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association on Friday, Feb. 19 to tout the benefits of alpaca fibers used in the textile and fashion industries.

The reason for the annual conference is to inform and celebrate the uses of alpaca fibers as an eco-conscious alternative material.

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Gretchen Wilson plays harder for MCA music benefit

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

Grammy and Country Music Association Award-winning country singer and Wilson County’s own Gretchen Wilson is all jacked up over the upcoming MCA’s Music at the Mill.

The Feb. 27 event features some of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters at the historic Lebanon Mill while Wilson serves as host. More than 10 other songwriters are confirmed on the bill.

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Speaker to examine Does God Exist? at College Hills Church of Christ

John Clayton, a nationally recognized teacher, author, scientist and former atheist, will examine the question “Does God Exist?” in a series of lectures on Sunday, Feb. 28 through Tuesday, March 2 at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

The free lectures will directly address key concerns about modern science and faith in God and are designed to create understanding of how honest scientists find ample evidence for a living and creative God. Clayton came to believe in God because of the evidence he found in nature.

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Vendors for Health Fair announced

By ZACK OWENSBY
The Wilson Post

Whether your interests include dance, martial arts, tennis, swimming, or general health, the focus will be healthy, active lifestyles at the Wilson County Health Fair.

Wilson County Health Council recently announced more than 30 vendors who will be presenting at the health fair scheduled for Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until noon at Castle Heights Upper Elementary.

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WCHS FFA gains state, national credits

From Post staff reports

Their track record is among the best in the nation.

When competing in the Agricultural Issues Competition, a type of public speaking advocacy program on topics relating to agriculture, Wilson Central High School’s Future Farmers of America Chapter is considered one of the premier programs in the state and nation.

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