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Commentaries

  • Teen terminology, ‘hanging out’ vs. ‘dating’

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI

    Themeatandpotatoesoflife.com

    Last night, my husband and I were in the family room of our base house, droning into another morally bankrupt reality show, when suddenly, there was a rumbling down the staircase.

    “Mom! Dad! Mom! Dad! Mom! Dad!” our 16-year-old daughter, Anna, sputtered, while jumping up and down in front of us.

    “What is it, Anna!” I shouted, half expecting her hair to be on fire.

  • Why I serve—it’s a choice

    By SGT. 1ST CLASS MICHEL SAURET

    416th Theater Engineer Command

    A few years back, I read a story about a woman who spat in the face of a Soldier at the airport. I don’t know the reason why. Maybe she hated war and saw all Soldiers as a symbol of that violence.

  • Dieter offers advice to overcome poor habits

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI

    www.themeatandpotatoesoflife.com

    OK, seriously people, this isn’t fun anymore. It’s been two weeks since I started this diet, and I am officially starving.

    Don’t give me a bunch of baloney (although processed pork products sound mouthwateringly delicious in my weakened state) about how a low-cal protein snack will stave off hunger pangs. A rolled up slice of turkey just isn’t gonna cut it.

  • Head of FKVS bids farewell

    By CLINT MESHEW

    Fort Knox Veterans Services

    For the past 14 years my wife and I have been honored to work with and assist some of the finest people that this country has.

    You see, my wife and I were blessed to have served this community as veteran service officers at The Fort Knox Veteran Service Office.

    The patriots who had faithfully served our nation came to our office seeking assistance with their claims for disabilities they had suffered as a result of their service to our nation.

  • A rebutal—is the exact day of Christ’s birth important?

    By RACHAEL TOLLIVER

    Gold Standard Editor

    Christmas. The very word inspired us when we were children. Time off from school, family, television specials, a family drive to see decora-tions and lights and—in my family—the Christmas story and a musical cantata at church.

    As an adult I am both inspired, and frustrated. Inspired to remember those magical times as a child, to watch my nieces and nephews experience the same and to connect with family and friends in a special meaningful way.

  • Dec. 25 not the day of Christ’s birth, honor him another way

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer

    While numerous Christians believe that Jesus was born Dec. 25, I don’t, since the Bible doesn’t give an exact date, believe he was born on that day. Some Christians will also acknowledge this because no one knows the exact day.

  • IRACH to reassign hospital providers

    By COL. MATTHEW RETTKE

    Ireland Army Community Hospital Commander

    The Ireland Army Community Hospital health care team is dedicated to providing the best health care possible to service members, family members and retirees in the Fort Knox Community.

    At times the medical treatment facility is forced to make primary care manager changes based on provider deployments, provider departures as well as newly hired providers.

  • Victim blaming doesn’t solve domestic violence problem

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer

    catrina.s.francis2.civ@mail.mil

    By now, most people have seen the video or heard the story about former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancée, and now wife, Janay Palmer at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • Service animals are not pets, tool for handlers

    By TANYA DECOUX
    EEO WRP Student
    I have the greatest pleasure of being paired with a Seeing Eye Dog named “Jack”. We have traversed the United States on airplanes, trains and cars to visit family for special occasions. Each time I have had the opportunity to educate individuals on how to interact with service animals. I hope that the information I share will help how others see service animals and their handlers.

  • Resilience program increases Soldier’s well-being, self-awareness

    By SGT. 1ST CLASS GINA VAILE-NELSON

    Kentucky National Guard