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Aging trees

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It is often assumed that small trees are young and large ones old. But I’ve seen large trees that were only 50 years old, and others the size of fence posts over 100. Individual trees grow at different rates based on their genetics and growing conditions.Some trees are bred for speed. Yellow poplar, most pines and red maple will grow rapidly under good conditions. Other species like beech, hickory and white oak grow at slower rates. What also determines how fast a tree grows is its microclimate, the growing conditions of its immediate surroundings. Foresters call this site quality.

 

Proud sweep of history

Pay attention to this moment. This week alone stands as proud evidence of Western Civilization’s inevitable march toward freedom and equality. Collectively, we have resisted, fought, even slipped backward at times. But eventually, we are always shown that our faith in the rights of all men is not unfounded.The New York Times reported Monday that “an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calli...

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Horrors of the justice system

Several years ago, a police court judge we will call Billy T. was presiding and threw a man in jail for not paying his bills. His young lawyer immediately objected and said, “Judge, the United States Supreme Court said you can’t put people in jail for not paying their debts. Any fool can see that.”A pause went over the courtroom. Billy T. said, “Here is the problem. You are not in the United States Supreme Court. You are in my court, and the man is going to ...

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Reduce flu risk by getting shot

Anyone who has ever had the flu knows how horrible it makes you feel.For days and sometimes up to a week, you can be bedridden with fever and in general have no appetite of any kind and your main source of any hydration is soft drinks or water.The flu season, which typically begins in Kentucky in October or November, is once again upon us, and the first case already has been reported in Jefferson County. People should remember that the flu can be spread by contact with a...

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Who is the enemy?

Malala Yousafzai, 17, of Pakistan shared the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 10, with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi (the $1.1 million prize will be split with Satyarthi). You might respond with, “Why should I care? All those Muslims are out to destroy American democracy. Even now they are plotting against us. When will there be another 9/11?”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2014. There are 74 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 18, 1767, the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, was set as astronomer Charles Mason and surveyor Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey.On this date:In 1685, King Louis XIV signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, ...

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Safety a priority for any sport

Few things are as sacrosanct to so many people as high school football.That’s what makes the decision by a New Jersey school to shut down the season in response to allegations of sexual abuse all that more empowering.Nothing — or no one — should be above the safety of students. To condone the alleged actions of players through inaction would be a travesty. For others not to use this lesson to reflect on their own teams would be a lost opportunity....

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2014. There are 75 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 17, 1814, the London Beer Flood inundated the St. Giles district of the British capital as a vat at Meux’s Brewery on Tottenham Court Road ruptured, causing other vats to burst as well and sending more than 320-thousand gallons of beer into the streets; up to nine people we...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2014. There are 76 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown’s men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers were captured; all were executed.)On this date:...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2014. There are 77 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 15, 1914, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which expanded on the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.On this date:In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, New York, wrote a letter to presidentia...

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Finger pointed in wrong direction

The Bell County Board of Education would like to express appreciation to the health department nurses and other personnel that have served in our schools for the past 20 years. They were always professional, treated our students, parents and staff with the utmost respect, and provided quality services for many years.If this had been the only factor in the decision to provide health care for our students, we would still be under contract with the health department today.

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The meaning of US citizenship

In recent years, the concept of U.S. citizenship has figured in public debate largely in connection with immigration reform. Should immigrants who are in the country illegally be given a “path to citizenship”? Should children born to parents who are not here legally be entitled to “birthright citizenship”? Should young people who are here illegally be allowed to stay indefinitely as non-naturalized residents or would that constitute “second-class citizenship̶...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2014. There are 78 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On Oct. 14, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev was toppled from power; he was succeeded by Leonid Brezhnev as first secretary and by Alexei Kosygin as premier. Inventor Robert Moog (mohg) presen...

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Depression: A serious health issue that can’t be ignored

The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams has helped bring attention to a major health issue in this country. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 7 percent of Americans had at least one major episode of depression during the past year. And, as was evidenced by Williams, anyone can be affected by depression and the results can be tragic.But how do you differentiate between simply feeling sad at times and depression as a serious mental health issue?...

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Military must do more on assaults

The study was done in Los Angeles, but there is no reason to believe that its findings aren’t applicable elsewhere — including Texas.It pointed to transition problems for returning veterans ranging from joblessness to homelessness to untreated physical and mental illnesses. But it also pointed to just how far the military must still go to address sexual abuse in the ranks.The study was done by the University of Southern California. An Express-News article by ...

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Looking back at America

During the past century, we changed from a rural society to one that is now 80 percent urban. Our lives have changed. A trip down memory lane to a village I once knew reveals some of the changes.As recently as the 1940s, Center Point, Ind., was a village of 300 people that had an automobile dealership, a hardware store, a lumber yard, a drug store, two grocery stores, a restaurant, a post office, a bank, a mortuary, a barbershop, a women’s hair salon, a blacksmith shop, a doc...

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Aging trees

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