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Read All About It … Where the farm waters flow

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

Pettus L. Read, Tennessee Farm Bureau      On one of those surprising cool summer evenings we had recently, I took my “red-neck” golf cart out for a late evening drive around the back forty just to enjoy the night. Mine is one that was bought on the conservative side but fits my lifestyle perfectly. It doesn’t hold golf clubs, but instead has gun racks, floodlights and army green coloring with

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    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    E. Douglas Varney Commissioner, state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services   Through the untimely death of entertainer Robin Williams, a bright light is shining once again on the often-avoided conversation about suicide. In my work over the years as a mental health professional, helping people through crisis of spirit, marriage and family, I have see firsthand how people feel hopeless in their struggle. I have also seen

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  • Suicide prevention begins one-on-one

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    SCOTT RIDGWAY, Executive director, tennessee suicide prevention network   The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network wishes to offer its condolences regarding the death of Robin Williams on Aug. 11. Mr. Williams was a beloved public figure, and his passing has triggered an outpouring of grief nationally and wall-to-wall coverage in print, television, and social media — not all of it positive or helpful. It should be noted that what happened to

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  • Read All About It … Mark Twain is still quotable

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Pettus L. Read, Tennessee Farm Bureau                         Mark Twain is one individual whose writings and quotes I have always enjoyed, beginning at an early age. After all these years that his pen has been silent, I still run across quotes that are so relevant to today’s events and happenings. He once wrote, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets

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  • Reforming corporate tax laws to keep companies in U.S.

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

    It’s probably foolish to hope all the attention currently focused on “tax inversions” – the paper practice of headquartering U.S. companies overseas to cut tax expenses – will lead to meaningful corporate tax reforms. It’s much easier and politically expedient for the Obama administration to simply denounce corporations as unpatriotic scofflaws. “I don’t care if it’s legal” to move a corporation overseas, President Obama said in Los Angeles during his

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  • Serious plan of action needed to secure border

    Posted on August 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Sen. Lamar Alexander

    LAMAR ALEXANDER u.s. senator It is clear we are facing an unprecedented crisis at our border. More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have illegally crossed the border this year, and that number will only continue to rise if the president doesn’t take strong, swift action immediately. The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with this crisis, but what is missing is a complete, serious plan

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  • Don’t make your kids work at fun

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Give your kids a break from rigors of sports schedules. It’s a cliché, yes, but time really was simpler “back then.” And nowhere is that more evident than in how we raise our children — or, more to the point, how we schedule our children. As Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable wrote, kids who are athletes today are faced with making decisions on what sport or activity they will dedicate

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