• September 17, 2014

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Deal with cancer in your own way; help is all around

I recently profiled three young women and their battles with breast cancer in the Aug. 27 issue of “Homefront.” To raise awareness, they are participating in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” in Waco on Saturday. Speaking with each of these gals individually and learning about their per…

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Post should be training for fight with Islamic State
Posted: September 17, 2014

Let’s not mince words: Defeating the Islamic State will, eventually, require boots on the ground taking the fight to the terrorist group soldier-to-soldier. Or, in the case of IS, soldier-to-terrorist.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Congress likely to be plagued by mutual inaction
Posted: September 10, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans they would make a “closing argument” to midterm election voters in the session of Congress that began Monday. It’s likely to be a pretty lousy one. On the other hand, the Democrat-controlled Senate is not likely to do much better.

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Camaraderie is key to living in on-post neighborhoods
Posted: September 10, 2014

For military families, it’s a no-brainer to say that change is inevitable. Not only are we expected to adjust to a new state, city, post or base every couple of years, but a new neighborhood as well.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Grocery shopping: Stressful, needed hassle for some
Posted: September 03, 2014

Everyone can name a chore that fills them with dread and for me, that chore is grocery shopping. There is something about the process that makes me want to volunteer for a root canal instead, or even endure several hours of watching golf on television. Yes, it’s that bad. I try to analyze my strong negative feelings toward this innocent task and all I can come up with is that I am simply not the grocery-shopping “type.” First of all, planning dinners doesn’t come naturally to me. Being a rather spontaneous gal in many respects, the act of sitting at the kitchen table and guessing what I think we’ll want to eat each night of the week seems to require superpowers to achieve.

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Putin’s tyrannical propaganda keeps Russians in dark
Posted: September 03, 2014

President Vladimir Putin, his bitter resentment at the Soviet empire’s collapse metastasized into seething Russian nationalism, has marginalized the political opposition, muzzled dissidents and intimidated independent voices in civil society. In prosecuting his widening war in Ukraine, he has also resurrected the tyranny of the Big Lie, using state-controlled media to twist the truth so grotesquely that most Russians are in the dark — or profoundly misinformed — about events in their neighbor to the west.

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Islamic State must be denied safe haven
Posted: September 03, 2014

In 2002, my aircraft carrier battle group was conducting retaliatory strikes against Afghanistan when I was directed to move into the Persian Gulf and begin precursor combat operations against Iraq. While meeting with the fleet commander, I told him we were ready to go. But when asked my opinion of the impending war, I replied that it was “a tragic misadventure.”

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Post may factor into stress rank
Posted: September 03, 2014

A an interesting study done recently ranked the top 10 most stressful cities in Texas.

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We’re all in this together: U.S. allies should be doing more to confront ISIS
Posted: September 03, 2014

ISIS’ methodical march of savagery across the Middle East threatens more than the religious and ethnic minorities caught in its path. The United States and its allies, especially those in the region, have every reason to be concerned about the human cost of allowing ISIS to roam freely.

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