The Telegram News
April 20, 2021
  • Hints From The South - 96 Decibels
    A jet plane flying into the Columbus International Airport creates about 80 decibels of sound, but believe it or not, a large tree filled with male cicadas has been recorded at a level of 96 decibels. That seems crazy, but I remember the last really big hatch that I experienced in Jackson.  I kid you not, I remember working in the yard and getting dizzy from the overwhelming, non-stop, deafening calls of the male cicadas. The effect was amplified when I thought about my dad saying that the cicadas call out to the pharaoh. “Pharaoh-Pharaoh-Pharaoh-Pharaoh!” 
  • Last night my wife noticed how big the moon looked.  It was rising out of the Atlantic Ocean, like some large diced alien space craft.  The moon truly is amazing, but I had a thought trigger in my little pea brain, about something I read years ago.  The moon is technically falling towards earth.  Is that really true?  

  • To The Editor:

    Appalachians are no strangers to natural gas and oil wells -- Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more were permitted for drilling as of 2018. This energy source comes at a high environmental cost, however, with methane emitted as a byproduct of these processes. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide and contributes significantly to global warming. These air contaminants can also cause health implications such as dizziness, nausea, and respiratory problems.

  • I cut my finger the other day and I started thinking what a miracle blood is.  Then I realized, I know very little about blood.  One thing is for sure, as an indicator of health, I think blood might be the one packed with the most information.  Every six months, they take three tubes of blood out of me, and I get a report a mile long about all the different measurements, and indicators of normal or abnormal readings. 
  • To understand the cost of living in Cuba, we must first understand that Cuba has two different currencies.  That really seems odd, doesn’t it?  The Cuban peso (CUP), and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) are both legal currencies in Cuba.  The CUC is roughly the equivalent of one U.S. dollar, and one of those U.S. dollars can buy up to 25 CUP.   
  • Peanuts have a very well-traveled history, the journey went from South America, to Asia, east across the Atlantic Ocean and back again to the North America. In 1904 peanut butter made its first appearance at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Peanut butter quickly became a delicious source of protein during the first two world wars. 
  • To The Editor:

    Despite a global pandemic, residents of Jackson Countyshared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

  • To The Editor:

    We recently visited Holzer Hospital in Jackson to receive our COVID vaccine. The staff there was very organized, efficient, friendly and courteous. 

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