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‘No’ is always the best answer to one question

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By Rick Jacobs Columnist Not long ago I posed a question to Google. How many words, I asked, are in the English language? The answer was 250,000, give or take a noun or two, not counting technical and slang. That’s a quarter of a million words. Given that, I challenge any English professor to find […]

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News overload numbs mind, heart

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By Pettus L. Read Tenn. Farm Bureau I keep having people ask me if I have adjusted to retirement. Since it has only been just a month since I turned off the office light for the last time and I’ve never retired before, I’m not really sure what the adjustment should feel like. I do […]

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Understanding energy cycle enriches life

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By Robert McGowan Columnist A few weeks ago I read a short newspaper article (statement, really). My first reaction was that of bewilderment, bewildered because of the inaccuracy of the central theme of the short piece. The author of the article dwells on the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and states that these laws […]

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Loaning car to bad driver? You’re liable

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By David B. Peel Guest columnist Is someone borrowing your car? At some point, everyone has let another person drive his car. However, did you know that you could be liable for injuries caused by the person driving the car. It is important to understand when you are liable for injuries that are caused by […]

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Hold off on congratulating our Congress

By Lee H. Hamilton Guest columnist Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media has been commending Congress for finally doing its […]

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Ditch excuses for trashing environment

By Pettus L. Read Tenn. Farm Bureau I have heard all of my life that cleanliness is next to godliness. Those words have often been spoken by grandmothers, teachers, parents and just about anybody who has attempted to get a kid to clean up his act or at least wash his hands before he eats. […]

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Pithy sayings capture wit and wisdom

By Robert McGowan Columnist The following quotes are a few I have selected from a book titled, “The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said,” copyright by Robert Byrne. I thought you would be interested in the following, for your own references. (I will omit quotes.) Life is like playing a violin in public and learning […]

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Farm Bill passage is long overdue

By Pettus Read Tenn. Farm Bureau Recently, I passed a church sign that had some really good words of wisdom lettered upon it. It said, “Don’t be caught leaning on the handle of a shovel while praying for a hole.” If that is not profound then I don’t know what is. It seems lately that […]

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Grandpa races to scene of the cry

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By Rick Jacobs Columnist Now, time for: Bragnet! The following is an accurate account of a series of events that occurred in a real house, in a real cove, in a real city. The story is true. The diapers were changed to protect the skin. The city is Bartlett. My name’s Grandpa. I carry a […]

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Rural America needs reform of farm program

By Chris Petersen Guest columnist Thanks to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), both the Senate and House versions of the farm bill include a strict limit on farm program payments. Some Farm Bill Conference Committee members want to remove those farm limits, but that would be a mistake. Here in rural […]

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Cold winter air brings on clear thinking

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By Pettus L. Read Tenn. Farm Bureau It was an afternoon after one of the TV news talk shows had discussed pretty negatively many of the items found in the national Farm Bill that I pulled into the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie’s farm. The day had been an unusually cold […]

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The beautiful blue Danube — well, maybe

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By Robert McGowan Columnist Our daughter, Beth, gave me two books for Christmas, including a few others. One book was “Learn Something New Every Day — 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life,” written by Kee Malesky. The other book was “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions,” by Harry Oliver. […]

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