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Commentaries

  • Snow days provide unique Family time

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI
    Navy wife, mom and author; meatandpotatoesoflife.com
    At the time, I thought it was a good idea. At the time, I thought it would be fun. At the time, I thought it would make me look like Mother of the Year.
    Yes, at the time.
    My brain must’ve been frozen when I had the bright idea to allow our teenage daughters, Anna and Lilly, to invite friends to a “snow day slumber party,” because it didn’t exactly turn out as I had envisioned.

  • Safety should be priority, mission should take second place

    By AIR FORCE CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS
    92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
    A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.

  • Army’s past led the way in equal rights

    By BRIG. GEN. BARBARA OWENS

    Deputy Commanding General, Army Human Resources Command

    As we celebrate Black History Month this year, we all look back together as Americans at more than half a century of progress, which has fundamentally changed America for the better.

    The historic civil rights movement of the mid-20th century pushed America forward into a period of significant change, which culminated with the adoption of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s.

  • Is it possible to be overprepared for bad weather?

    By LISA SMITH MOLINARI

    themeatpotatoesoflife.com

    “Do you think you bought enough?” I asked sarcastically, as my husband dropped multiple Stop and Shop bags on the kitchen floor.

    Winter Storm Juno was on its way, and Francis was determined to be prepared. I had casually mentioned that we might need a gallon of milk and maybe a loaf of bread. Two hours later, he returned to the house with enough supplies for our entire base neighborhood: bags of food, packages of batteries, five cases of water, two lighters, and twenty-seven candles.

  • Armed forces at forefront of integration

    By CATRINA FRANCIS

    Senior Staff Writer

    Since the formation of America, its citizens have used protests as a way of fighting against tyranny. But, a forgotten population has been fighting in its wars since formation of this country. These forgotten Soldiers fought and helped America gain its independence through the face of adversity.

    Although we weren’t held in high regard, African-Americans have served honorably since the Battle of Lexington during the Revolutionary War.

  • It’s not just standing tradition, but a respect for Soldiers, flag

    By AIR FORCE CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS

    92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

    Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time.

    Reveille and retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end of the duty day, typically 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some include playing the ceremonial music over the installation public address system.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.