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Darrell Huckaby: Advice for a long and happy life together

For almost 28 years now I have prayed that Jamie Leigh Huckaby would grow up to be intelligent, well-rounded and happy. Those prayers have been answered many times over.

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THOMAS: The enduring legacy of Anne Frank

On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family’s hiding place atop Anne’s father’s business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to the public.

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Jeff Meadors: Fiscal conservatism can be a lonely endeavor

It matters little who dislikes me along my solitary walk with defeat in opposition to waste and abuse. No one will love any of us when the money’s gone.

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LETTER: Rockdale County thanks those who helped with celebration

Rockdale County, along with the city of Conyers, recently kicked off the holidays with its Christmas in Paradise-themed annual 2014 Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 6.

DARRELL HUCKABY: In search of the perfect Christmas lights

So it is 2014 and I have yet another chapter to add to the story of the eternal battle between Christmas lights and yours truly — the North Georgia Piedmont’s own Clark Griswold.

LETTER: Newton government lacks transparency

Regular readers of this newspaper already have heard a great deal about the controversy surrounding Newton County’s plans to build the Bear Creek Reservoir. Some may be getting tired and confused by all the different numbers and opinions being thrown around.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Broadway still calls to those with big dreams

I was in New York for my annual Christmas weekend. It is a magical place with all of the hustle and bustle and lights and energy.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Christmas in the classroom used to be a lot more fun

I got together with some old teacher friends last week and we began waxing nostalgic about the good old days—back when teaching was more fun because we had more freedom in the classroom.

LETTER: Keeping America safe

Keeping America or any nation safe is not work for Sunday School teachers.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Elvis is dead, but this is the next best thing

Did you ever see Elvis live? I did, in the Macon Coliseum, in 1973. I haven’t been impressed by anything since.

JACK SIMPSON: Old friends talking over old times

You never know what might happen to you when going to a local restaurant to pick up a carry-out order. It recently happened to me when I encountered another old-timer in the parking lot.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Blame it all on the Tylenol tampering

You know who I’d like to get my hands on? The guy that tampered with all the Tylenol packaging. Remember that?

JEFF MEADORS: Common Core and a lesson in civics

An increasing number of U.S. states wants to boost civics education in America’s public schools.

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KRAUTHAMMER: Following the real civil war

The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Peter Pan still magical after 55 years

Memory is strange commodity and so selective in its nuances. There are incidents in my life of which I have no recollection at all, and yet other happenstances are so indelibly imprinted on my mind that I could never forget them if I lived to be a thousand years old.

JACK SIMPSON: Remembering Anzio

It seems that lately I have become a resident speaker about the Anzio campaign. It hasn’t been my choice and unlike Mrs. Clinton, I do not demand a $300,000 speaker’s fee. People with an interest in World War II history have learned of my participation in the massacre at the Anzio, Italy beachhead in January 1944. They have invited me to tell my story. When time permits, I have obliged.

MARK SHIELDS: The lessons of Mr. Muskie of Maine

In 1976, Rep. Bill Cohen, who was a rising young Republican star, seriously considered running for the U.S. Senate against three-term incumbent Ed Muskie, who was the first Democrat in Maine history whom voters had ever elected to the Senate.

DARRELL HUCKABY: When did dining out become so complicated?

I will never forget the first foreign restaurant I frequented. I was 18 and Kevin Price and I went to Tybee Island for a couple of days with my parents. We walked into a pizza parlor across the street from our hotel and ordered what was to be my first pizza pie, and my last for quite some time.