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February 1, 2013

Editorial roundup: Women in combat, Rex and Lance

Excerpts from the editorials of other New England newspapers:

A major cultural shift

The decision by the Department of Defense to lift the military’s ban on women serving in combat is, at its most basic level, about equality.

Having to send Americans off to war should not be cause for celebration regardless of who is asked to do the fighting.

The fact is, women have been serving in harm’s way for years. The combat ban only served to deny full recognition for the sacrifices women already are making.

In Afghanistan, women have accompanied patrols as medics, military police or as intelligence officers to interact with local women — a situation necessitated by the culture. The female troops did so without being officially part of the combat unit.

Our recent wars have had no clear front lines, meaning even those in “support” roles may find themselves exposed to the threat of enemy fire.

Just ask the women who served in Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard.

— The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

When TV was wholesome

Perhaps there is something intangible that disappears when a figure from childhood passes away. For many who grew up in New England in the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, that figure was Rex Trailer. For nearly 20 years, the name Rex Trailer was synonymous with good-natured wholesome entertainment. The kindhearted Texas transplant appeared on television every week, and shared his Western talents and sage advice with the young’uns of the Northeast.

Sadly, there is little on television today that can even begin to compare with Trailer’s brand of entertainment. The nonstop chaotic, cacophonic action of animated programming on Nickelodeon is almost the direct antithesis to Trailer’s slow, steady drawl. Similarly, the train wreck that is so-called reality television, such as “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” and its ilk, could not be further from the homespun wisdom of Trailer.

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