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A kinder, gentler Marine Corps?

By Ben Carlson

The Marines, I uttered under my breath, are turning soft.

While touring the Marine Corps' recruit training depot last week with educators from across Kentucky and West Virginia, the Air Force veteran in me couldn't help but reflect on my own boot camp experiences while listening to drill instructors describe what they can - and can't - do to train recruits.

The drill instructors said the days of yelling cuss words at recruits that would make, well, a Marine blush, are long gone.

Running for miles in the rain and mud? Gone.


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Oh, my aching gut

By Ben Carlson

I couldn't help sucking in my gut when the Marine recruiter walked into my office a month or so ago to invite me to boot camp for a week.

Marines, those rock-ribbed hard-guys with square jawlines, have always had that affect on me.


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Pouring fuel on the global warming fire

By Ben Carlson

This week's balmy temperatures have me again pondering global warming.

Contrarian views apparently being a part of my DNA (and likely a decided insight into my personality), I've decided that rather than following Al Gore into a world free of a carbon footprint, I can better serve humanity by stomping my carbon-covered feet just as hard as I can.

Yep, I'm all for global warming, man-made or otherwise, and here's why.


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Our wishes for 2008

By The Staff

I wish I were 30, 40 or even 50 years old again. On a more practical note, I wish to be able to complete the remaining 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail this summer and then be able to find some reasonable employment when I return to the Bluegrass.

-Jay Cason, staff writer

In this time of world strife and economic uncertainty, I wish for peace, simplicity of spirit and a greater awareness of love for family and friends.


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Player ejection article was attack on soccer program

By The Staff

To the editor:

I was extremely disappointed with the article in your newspaper regarding the Anderson County Boys Soccer program. ("Anderson sports program at top of state ejection list," Page B1 of the Dec. 19 edition.)

I considered this article an attack on the program, the team and particularly head coach Brett Morris.

This was unfair but very typical for this newspaper. I was involved with the program from the beginning of coach Morris' coaching career at Anderson County. He was a welcome alternative from previous coaches.


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Don't waiver from new school boundaries

By The Staff

School board member Lee Hahn hit the nail right on the head.

Speaking during last Monday's board of education meeting, Hahn insisted that, when new lines are drawn to determine where students will be assigned to attend elementary school, the decision is final and no waivers will be granted. Period.

Let's hope the rest of the board agrees and puts to bed the silly notion held by a handful of parents that each of the three elementary schools are not equally qualified to teach our kids.


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Grieving for the Rusty we knew, and didn't

By Mary Garrison

When we joked that Rusty could make a misbehaving computer function properly by standing near it, we weren't necessarily kidding.

"Rusty magic," I called it. And I just can't believe it's lost forever.

When Rusty Kiser walked through the doors of The Anderson News more than nine years ago, his long red hair really didn't scream "ultimate technology professional." But it turned out that's exactly what he was.


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Thanks for the Standing Ovation of Anger, I guess

By Ben Carlson

The standing ovation I received during Monday's forum on proposed changes to Saffell Street Elementary School is appreciated.

Unfortunately, I don't think it was deserved.

Last week I called out the small group of parents who oppose mingling Saffell students with those from the other two schools because of their wrong-headed fear that doing so will force their children into schools with "county" kids. In short, children these wrong-minded parents consider to be rednecks.


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Changing Saffell school makes fiscal, common sense

By Ben Carlson

The only people who like change, it has been said, are babies with wet diapers.

Such is the case with proposed changes to the Anderson County school system, as some parents and teachers are crying foul over the board of education's proposal to do what's right for all at the expense of a few and alleviate overcrowding at the middle school.

The only viable of two options is to convert Saffell Street Elementary School into a fifth- and sixth-grade campus and spread students in grades one through four to the two remaining elementary schools.


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Thanks for sharing Gregory with us

By The Staff

Gregory Harp Jr. is gone, but his memory will live forever among those who did what they could to help him recover from a devastating accident last summer that shattered his face.

It's a rare person these days who can so capture the heart of a community. As we conduct our busy lives, the pain and misery of those around us rarely makes a blip on our collective radar screens. That wasnt the case of Gregory, who shared only a small fragment of his life with Anderson Countians but whose circumstances brought us closer together.


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