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Our last update discussed the significant bills that we passed through March 19 regarding Education. I would like to now give you an update on legislation that we have passed involving Health. One of our main concerns is ensuring the health and welfare of Tennesseans and I believe the passin…

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When I saw “world’s largest animal” in the title of a recent scientific study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, I assumed it was about blue whales. I was right. J. A. Goldbogen of Stanford University and 10 colleagues measured a blue whale’s heart rate when it was…

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Although our 2020 legislative session was cut short due to the Pandemic, we were able to pass key legislation before we adjourned. My last update discussed the legislation passed this year involving corrections, the courts and strengthening laws against violent offenders. Today, I would like…

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We understand that our state has fallen on hard times due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. My office is still committed to serving you and providing assistance in whatever way you need during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need help.

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Parents around the world are developing a deep appreciation of and respect for schoolteachers. The following is a recycled account of a time when I found myself having to operate outside my own wheelhouse by teaching a group of third graders about ecology. Lichens were the answer.

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Gov. Bill Lee has announced that Tennessee will reopen its economy May 1 in 89 of the state’s 95 counties as the Stay at Home Executive Order expires. In addition, he announced restaurants and retail businesses could open at 50 percent capacity, beginning April 27 and April 29 respectively, …

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Three handy tips for coping with COVID-19: Wash your hands frequently. Wear a mask outdoors. And subscribe to a local newspaper or website.

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COVID-19 is changing how we live. Worldwide, social interaction is undergoing a dramatic shift. Self-isolation is becoming the norm. Here’s a thought: Instead of staring at electronic devices or straightening another closet, step outside. Walking around outdoors is an approved activity as lo…

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Gov. Lee called on schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Although this was a tough decision, it was made with the students’ best interests in mind. Students have missed a significant amount of learning time in the classroom and the State of Tennessee remains committe…

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Hey, friends. You hanging in there? Unlike any other time in my life, the last few weeks have been the great equalizer. We’re all in this together. While we still have some tough times to get through, I hope you are staying safe and strong. And when you can’t be strong, I hope there are peop…

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If you saw a relative, a friend or even a stranger choking, you wouldn’t hesitate to try to help. There might even be a crowd of people trying to help all at the same time. Our response to suicide prevention can be the same! If more of us are trained to see the warning signs, effectively res…

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As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from Giles County for STRHS Pulaski. 

Letters to the Editor

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I am grateful for and congratulate Pulaski Citizen for its coverage of Covid-19. There’s little as powerful as the written word. We have been blessed so few of us in Giles County have contracted the virus. People seem to understand the need to protect themselves but protect others as well. M…

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The RED ribbon “Campaign of Hope” is WAY too partisan in color choice. Really folks, let’s move forward together in this crisis. Any colors but red or blue would be more appropriate.

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The President Clinton and President Trump impeachment trials similarities lie in the procedures followed by the Senate. President Clinton was impeached for “lying under oath” while President Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”  President Clinton was charged with a crimi…

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I was pleased to see a letter to the editor about the ongoing drama of impeachment of President Trump. The letter asserted a comparison between the Clinton and Trump impeachments when there is none. Trump asserted a right to forbid any documents and witnesses. Clinton provided not only his t…

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Thank you to all who attended and donated extra to Giles County Humane Association’s recent fish fry. 

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The PULASKI CITIZEN, Jan. 29, was interesting, in ways good and bad, this week. The headline read “Commission Wants Input on Refugee Resettlement” but was any input wanted by the majority of members since further discussion was cut off by denying a motion to send the resolution to committee?

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I wanted to voice an opinion regarding the Giles County Commission’s proposed resolution on refugee resettlement. I am concerned about Commissioner Pollard’s remark that, “these people are not going to live our lifestyle.” He said this when speaking of foreigners who might be relocated to th…

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The House impeached President Clinton for lying while under oath. The lie was about his sex affair with a White House intern. He was not charged for adultery. Lying while under oath was and still is considered a criminal offense. Numerous documents and witnesses were used by the House but no…

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Anyone seeking membership in the local Garden Club or Rotary might expect its leaders to weigh their potential contributions to gardening or civic service. While these organizations are open to everyone, they’re also rather exclusive; the cost of joining assumes assimilable interests, a will…

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