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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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DARRELL HUCKABY: Will America stand up and fight?

America has lost her way. So says my friend Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, and I agree with him wholeheartedly.

ROBINSON: An imperfect deal, but better than the alternative

The agreement with Iran is a landmark achievement. It’s not perfect — no deal is — but it makes the world a much safer place. Critics in Congress should have to explain to the American people why they believe war is a better idea.

JACK SIMPSON: A special day in more ways than one

I could have packed up and gone to the beach or sightseeing at some exciting place. No, I stayed right here at home to celebrate the Fourth of July, my birthday. It was not the promise of parades, patriotic music or fireworks displays that made me decide home was the place I would rather be on my 91st birthday.

DARRELL HUCKABY: The lost arts of conversation and courtesy

Last fall I had the opportunity to hear the great T. Graham Brown at the Athens Classic Center, thanks to the generosity of an old friend who had front row seats. I have always enjoyed T. Graham Brown, even back when he was known as Tony and was playing with Dirk in Athens hotel lounges.

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THOMAS: There should be no sanctuary from the law

If politicians are so afraid of losing the Hispanic vote that they do nothing in response to the murder of Kathryn Steinle, they should be removed from office. The notion that Hispanics won’t vote for a party that stands for justice is racist.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Hot enough for homemake ice cream

Hot enough for you? Yeah, me, too. And it is the heat as well as the humidity. This has been one of those weeks where I would gladly kneel down and kiss the ring of the guy who invented air conditioning, even if he did move Southerners off the front porch and do away with a lot of the storytelling for which the region has long been noted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop the revisionist history efforts

Since the Charleston murders I am struck by the utter cowardice of many writers and their revisionist history efforts.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More issues to consider in landfill saga

The attorney for East Georgia Land and Development Company is demanding the county produce a long-sought zoning compliance letter saying that the company’s 427-acre tract adjacent to the Newton County landfill met the county zoning in effect in June 1997. The county was ordered to do so in a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court in October 2014 after a 17-year legal battle.

JACK SIMPSON: Mob rule is not the answer

The good guys are under fire. As protectors of public safety, police are facing charges for exercising too much power, of using excessive force, of having and using too many heavy weapons and of showing bias in enforcement duties.

DARRELL HUCKABY: How did we Baby Boomers survive childhood?

As I spent about 10 minutes figuring our how to safely load Henley into his state-of-the-art car safety seat something dawned on me. I wondered how any of my generation ever survived childhood without the proper safety equipment.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abandoning the Constitution

If we citizens do not make the corrections needed in our next national election, we will be subjects of those in Washington who think they know what is best for each and every one of us.

DARRELL HUCKABY: A few thoughts on the Confederate flag

To some the battle flag is a symbol of racism because it has been hijacked by groups of hateful people and used as a symbol. But to many more people it is a symbol of regional pride and being a good old boy.

JACK SIMPSON: Digital record-keeping and health care reform

If you are old enough, you may remember bygone days when the family doctor made house calls. Technology today has transformed our lives. Not only do we not see our doctors at our homes, we may not actually see them in the examination room either because they are too busy entering health records on computers.

MARK SHIELDS: Uneasy coexistence — politics and religion

Regular readers may remember the “Shields rule,” about the tension between organized religion and politics. It goes like this: With but one exception, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams — men and women of the cloth — should stay out of all partisan American politics.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Catching up on a week's worth of news

What a week I chose to tune out the news. I got a recap over the weekend and to tell you the truth, I liked the Supremes a whole lot better when Diana Ross was in charge rather than John Roberts.