By JUDITH TAYLOR
Questioning ourselves is a worldwide concern. The what ifs are flooding our minds with doubts and have us second guess everything.
What is the most asked fashion question? Well, lets talk. This is a fashion thought and our 101 crash course for 2012.
Using a late night show hosts idea, let us do our list of the 10 major concerns that bother you the most.
10. Lip color..Is Red in? You bet your valentine it is. Of course, my readers are getting to be experts on colors and why they changethe color has gone from pink to coral to nude, right?Well, the designers start at the top and do it all over again. By the way, the average woman will consume 6 pounds of lip color in her lifetime.
By RAY POPE
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be able to fly like a bird. There was one time that found me on the roof of our house with an umbrella in one hand and my mothers prayers in the other. Another time I built a set of wings on my old bicycle, without the knowledge of weight-to-lift ratio.My uncle, Chuck, joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky. I admired him for this and was more impressed when I found out that he was a paratrooper. Long after his service was over, he still had the love of jumping, so my uncle, Charles Wayne Gann,decided to take up skydiving. Back when I was in the hospital, Uncle Charles came by to see how his nephew was doing. We talked for a couple of hours when I made up my mind to try skydiving. Barring any unforeseen problems, we will make the trip to Tullahoma this spring and undertake another piece of my bucket list. I will desire your prayers on this undertaking.
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.
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
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.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Family and friends of Adam Kaiser, a Lebanon native, are holding a donor drive for the National Marrow Donor Program this Saturday to not only help find a match for him, but to also find matches for bone marrow transplants for 10,000 patients in need.
Annetta Harrison, Kaisers grandmother, said the 24-year-old Lebanon native was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia in September 2011 just one month after graduating from the University of South Florida.
After graduating, in September he was back on the same campus receiving treatment, Harrison said, referring to USFs Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
Kaiser, like many patients needing bone marrow transplants, are good candidates, however finding a match can be difficult. Harrison said Kaisers brother, Justin, is not a match, and so the family is working to find other willing donors.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, the family will organize a donor drive for the National Marrow Donor Program to not only help find a donor for Kaiser, but to also possibly find donors for the thousands of people in need of bone marrow transplants.
Were getting donors for the bone marrow registry to hopefully find matches for anyone, Harrison said.
Kaiser has been added to the registry, which consists mostly of children and has an 80 percent chance of finding a matching donor within the registry. Since Kaiser was diagnosed, his family has found a new cause to help others also going through the same experiences.
The drive will take place at Colonial Village Club House located at 1474 Woodside Drive in Lebanon, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anyone within the ages of 18 and 60 are able to register as a donor. A representative from the National Bone Marrow Registry will be on hand to help administer the tests.
Harrison said the process is simple, as the test requires only a mouth swab and takes a matter of seconds. It can make a lifetime of difference to people like Adam, she said.
If you are unable to attend, Harrison said you could still register as a donor with the organization by visiting www.bethematch.org and have a test kit mailed to your home, which you can then mail back to the registry.
You may also donate to the organization and to Kaisers family by visiting www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/TeamAdam.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson County Black History Committee is planning several programs during February in commemoration of Black History Month.
Events include:Feb. 4: African-Americans in the Military: The Buffalo Soldiers, by Dr. Billy J. Taylor. Feb. 11: A presentation on Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Crusade on African-American Killings with a Rope, by Taylor. Feb. 25: Rosenwald Schools, by Benjamin Nance of the Environment and Conservation for the State of Tennessee, Division of Archeology.
The presentations will begin at noon each week, and a light lunch will be served. All events are sponsored by the Roy Bailey African American History Center and Museum, located at 115 East Main Street, Suite B, in Lebanon.
The museum, which is presented by the Wilson County Black History Committee, is dedicated to showcasing the history and achievements of African American citizens in Wilson County.
The success of the Roy Bailey Museum depends totally on the citizens of Wilson County, said Committee President Mary Harris. We are deeply grateful for the help of the community, and would like to thank each individual, each organization, each church, each foundation and each business for your support.
For more information about the Black History Month events, call the Roy Bailey African American History Center and Museum at 449-2911.
From Post staff reports
Mt. Juliet was chosen as one of eight locations to receive funds from the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for construction of a greenway trail under the recently adopted 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
The Nashville MPOs Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee awarded $2.5 million in project rewards to eight locations including Mt. Juliet, Gallatin, Spring Hill and more.
The greenway will be located in vacated right-of-way space along Old North Mt. Juliet Road, connecting the local citizens with the Music City Star transit station. The linear park will contain fitness stations and benches at an estimated cost of $21,680.
The Mt. Juliet Star station is the second-busiest stop along the route from Lebanon to downtown Nashville.
The Active Transportation program targets at least 15 percent of available Federal Highway Administrations Surface Transportation Program resources for walking, bicycling, or transit-supportive projects that may not have otherwise received funding through more traditional revenue streams.
According to the MPO, one-third of Americans do not drive or own cars, and 12 percent of all U.S. trips are by walking or bicycling, yet these modes account for 14 percent of traffic fatalities and only 1.6 percent of federal transportation funding.
With Tennessee ranked second in the nation for obesity rates, the MPO is pursuing infrastructure policies that reflect a desire for healthier options to get around communities, including safer, more convenient means to walk or cycle for routine trips.
Proposals were funded in urban and suburban areas of Middle Tennessee, creating connections to schools, downtowns, libraries, public transit and other community destinations. Although $3.8 million in requests were received from member jurisdictions for the $2.5 million in available funds, the MPO was nonetheless able to award monies toward active transportation projects in every jurisdiction that submitted a proposal.
Wilson County Fair won a number of awards at the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention held recently in Nashville. There were 526 exhibits from 40 county fairs on display. The fair received Merit Awards in the following categories: First Place in Showbill (Promotional Advertisement), Power Point Presentation, Other Fair Promotional Merchandise, Fair Display (Tabletop), Pieced Quilt (Machine pieced and machine quilted), Pieced Quilt (Hand pieced and hand quilted), Poster (John Deere) and Premium Tabloid; Second Place for Recycled Product; and Third Place for Fair Hat (Embroidered Theme), Creative Fair Idea (Agricultural), Decorative Gourd and Scrapbook. Shown here with the awards are, from left, front row, Tommy Bradley, Joy Barber, Phyllis Webb and Randall Clemons. On the back row are Melanie Quinn, Tom Quinn, Hale Moss, Felicia Hale, Wanda Bates and Helen McPeak.
CU coach Dewayne Alexander and WCHS fullback Brandon Mallory
Four local prep football standouts inked Letters of Intent and / or scholarship papers Wednesday, Feb. 1 on National Signing Day.
Wilson Central saw two players sign, fullback Brandon Mallory with Lebanon's Cumberland University and linebacker Baxter Ingram (below right) with Princeton of the Ivy League.
Mallory had previously commited to Lindsey Wilson, KY, but changed his mind following an on-campus visit toCumberland on Tuesday.
Over at Lebanon High, defensive end Kyron Hart (left) signed with OVC co-champion Tennessee Tech. Hart plans on majoring in electrical engineering.
Mt. Juliet offensive tackle Brett Dillard, a Mr. Football finalist signed with Tennessee Tech earlyWednesday afternoon.
For more photos on National Signing Day, please check the Friday, Feb. 3 print edition of The Wilson Post.
TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor