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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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JEFF MEADORS: Quality advising helps students navigate a complex system

It’s tedious but worth it – quality academic advisement. It takes a lot of time and even more listening.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Fast-food workers may price themselves out of a job

The free market will pay what a person is worth and if a person makes himself or herself inexpendable (which is not a word but should be) by demonstrating special talents, skills or abilities, then that person will likely work him or herself into a larger paycheck.

KRAUTHAMMER: Amnesty as impeachment bait

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to 5 million people.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Dog days have their own kind of magic

In case y’all were wondering, it is dog days again. I just went for a 2-mile walk — at 9:30 in the morning — and lost about 4 pounds of water weight from perspiring. I used to sweat, back before I got so sophisticated.

JACK SIMPSON: Fond farewell to loyal friend

We had just finished a real nice birthday family lunch. The ladies were clearing off the table when I made a casual remark. “Has anyone seen Wolfie lately?” Wolfgang was my former very special German shepherd and I had been forced by circumstances to give him away.

ROBINSON: What ‘war on whites’?

If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side.

LETTER: 2050 Plan the collaborative work of local residents

My wife and I moved to Covington in January of 1982 after an extensive search for a place to live and raise our family. We chose Covington because of its small town atmosphere, the picturesque city Square, and its rural countryside. Like most citizens in Newton County, we had real concerns when the building boom hit in the 2000s.

LETTER: More questions than answers on 2050 Plan

Too many questions remain unanswered on the 2050 Plan.

LETTER: There are better ways to fix the dumping problem

A recent edition of the Citizen contained an article about Post 1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt continuing to push the issue of countywide garbage collection, and not listening to the folks!

DARRELL HUCKABY: Welcome to the world, Henley Walker Fairchild

This is the first letter you will have ever received from your Papa Huck, but it won’t be the last.

THOMAS: People, not politicians improve world economies

After years of debt (90.6 percent of GDP in 2013) and deficit spending, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is crowing about the latest economic figures that show the country has outpaced the developed world in its economic recovery. Reuters reports that the International Monetary Fund recently upgraded Britain’s projected economic growth this year to 3.2 percent, leading “the world’s big rich economies.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some things are worth waiting for

Twenty-nine years ago, as autumn approached, my lovely wife, Lisa, was great with child.

JEFF MEADORS: Quality advising gets students on the right track

What’s so great about dual enrollment students? A lot.

ROB JENKINS: How to ruin your marriage without even trying

Having a good marriage is a lot of hard work. But having a bad marriage is easy.

ROBINSON: Give John Kerry a break on Gaza

As far as U.S. interests are concerned, it is obvious that our policy should be to fight Islamist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State. But we should not lose sight of the fact that radical Islam, as a regionwide phenomenon, is an ideological force that cannot be bombed out of existence.