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Deployed

Joe Boyles One of the great challenges facing military families is deployment when the service member travels to a forward deployed station, often overseas, for an extended period of time.  The military acronym is TDY which stands for ‘temporary duty.’  Sometimes that period of TDY may stretch to six months or more.  My longest period of TDY was 196 days in a war zone.  As you can imagine, it was very stressful for my wife back in 1972. The United States has commitments all around the world.  Marines, soldiers, and…

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Summer brings fresh fruits and vegetables

Diann Douglas: Guest Columnist June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the beginning of a season for an abundance of summer produce, so plan to increase fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals.  Whether you find them in the grocery stores, at roadside stands or u-picks, fruits and vegetables not only add color to your meals, they are also low in calories and high in nutrients. At a time when we keep hearing about reducing food consumption to maintain a healthy weight, the good news is — you need to add…

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Passing Parade: A Mother of Criminals

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist Few persons except those who study criminal science consider how much each petty criminal costs the community. The January 18, 1875, New York Times, p. 4, in an article entitled: “The Cost of ‘A Mother of Criminals’” references a pauper child Margaret. The genealogical tree of this pauper child, Margaret, is a remarkable story, one of misery and crime. The story of Margaret started eighty-five years ago, (about 1790) and was only recognized and written up in 1875. She grew up on the lanes and…

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Safe Haven

Joe Boyles One of the more difficult problems that any military faces is an enemy that has a safe haven or sanctuary which is off-limits to attack.  This is a significant problem with regard to our long-standing (now approaching 15 years) conflict in Afghanistan where the enemy (Taliban, ISIS and al-Qaeda) can retreat into Pakistan and regroup without fear of counter-attack. This was a huge problem during the Vietnam War a half century ago.  The border nations to the west, Laos and Cambodia, were off limits to our ground forces. …

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