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Opinion Letters

Bob Wilson's recent letter on the perils of over-population was a refreshing change from the usual squabbling over local, state, and national politics. For years, this issue has languished, and largely been shelved, at the expense of the earth's finite resources. Ignoring unchecked population growth appears to be another example of humanity's (including America's) ceaseless preoccupation for living in the now and reacting only when a crisis occurs.

However, Mr. Wilson's assertion that it's "not politically correct" to infer that over-population is the problem is misplaced. I assert that the opposite is true. With world population expected to hit 10 billion by 2050, political correctness in the face of this number needs to be shelved for political will.

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On Jan. 9, 2008, our family began a life-changing journey with Ayusa International. We welcomed into our home a 15-year-old high school student, Sarah Engel from Erlangen, Germany. My family remembers the excitement we felt waiting for Sarah's arrival at the airport. My husband and I were so nervous becoming host parents to an exchange student. We had never done anything like this before. We wondered how we would adapt to a total stranger living in our home, especially someone from a different country and culture.

At first it was unusual, but as each day passed, my family grew to love Sarah and the end of her stay she was truly a member of our family. What an experience for all of us. Sarah was in our home for only five months. But the transformation we experienced with Sarah during such an impressionable time of her life was amazing. We watched her grow before our eyes, arriving as a nervous, bewildered, insecure girl, into a successful, confident, young woman when she boarded the plane to go back home.

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Thanks to Brittney Parker for recent and excellent article on recycling in TheMacon County News. Although the state of North Carolina has banned aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard in landfills for years, who around here would have known?

Macon Solid Waste does a good job of providing recycling outlets to gather and sell recyclables; however, they need to better inform citizens of the rules.

Sadly, recycling isn’t mandatory, but more education can be dispensed at the dropoffs where most people “dump their trash.”

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There a saying, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The inner world within the mind, determines the actions outside of the mind. This can be outwardly expressed in any form through physical actions or speech. This inner world is not just built on forces around us, but is built on past histories and seeing how things work up to the present, and they form a basis of what we consider to be truth and values, which works to influence the world around us. This is not obtained by just rubbing shoulders with life but should be done with careful consideration and thought of what right or wrong thinking truly is. If this is not thought out carefully the consequences could be detrimental to one's well-being as well as the wellbeing of a nation, whether realized or not.

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published: 10/18/2013
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