MARK SHIELDS: Why Republican voters are not acting like the GOP

In the important matter of choosing their parties’ presidential nominees, Republicans and Democrats have behaved entirely differently. Republicans have preferred their presidential candidates to be familiar and well-credentialed and to have previously run well, if unsuccessfully, for the nomination.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Time for ghost tales around the campfire

We’ve all waxed nostalgic about the Halloweens of our respective youths and bemoaned the fact that it has become an adult holiday with young women dressed like Buckhead pole-dancers and parents afraid to send their kids out into the neighborhood for old-fashioned trick-or-treating, but we can still hold onto a bit of the spirit of the day if we try.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Truth could make all the difference

It is supposed to be about the truth. It isn’t supposed to be about Democrats vs Republicans. It is not supposed to be about liberals vs conservatives or Tea Partiers vs Yellow Dogs or us against them. Americans were asked to do a job. They were placed in harm’s way on foreign soil. They asked for help — more than 600 times. They were denied that help. They lost their lives.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Roberts is reminder of a belated 'thank you'

I was sitting on an airplane this week and became bored. The lady beside me was engrossed in her online book and the gentleman on the other side was sound asleep and snoring — loudly. In desperation I put on my noise canceling earphones and tried to sleep. Wasn’t going to happen.

JACK SIMPSON: Self-balancing scooter a long way from toys of my childhood

I suppose that there was a time during my childhood when people could have described me as poor as a church mouse. Poor not because there was no food or a roof over my head, but rather because I lacked funds to buy the toys that kids played with back then.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Sears-Roebuck brought the world to our door

One of the best things about showing the world to friends I have never met—and many that I have—is getting to learn about the folks with whom I am traveling. Most have led really interesting lives and it is fun to hear about them—usually.

JACK SIMPSON: When it comes to bears, I’ll keep my distance

Well, I thought I had just about heard it all, but that isn’t true. A fellow named Stephen Vouch was hunting bighorn sheep out in Idaho. When he awakened from a nap, he found a black hear chewing on his head. He escaped when friends killed the bear.

DARRELL HUCKABY: College football won’t be the same without the Evil Genius

My daddy, who loved words and taught me to love words, called him Steve “Spurious,” way back in 1966. Spurious means “fake, bogus, cheap imitation of the real thing.” Homer Huckaby tagged Spurrier with that moniker after an unranked Georgia team laid a 27-10 whipping on the Florida Gator quarterback and held him to a modest 133 passing yards. The future “Old Ball Coach” and “Evil Genius” was chased and tormented by Erk Russell’s defense, led by All America defensive tackle Bill Stanfill, all day long.

DARRELL HUCKABY: New England stirs love of poetry

New England. Lobster, fir trees, autumn leaves, maple syrup — and Robert Frost.

DARRELL HUCKABY: South Carolina will emerge from the storm

I hurt so badly for the people of South Carolina, and there, but for the grace of God, we all go — and all of us.

JACK SIMPSON: Memories of a World War II survivor

I wish I could say, “I remember it well.” Not so. The 1940s are a long way ago, but here are some more of my recollections of World War II.

JACK SIMPSON: More memories from an old soldier

At the age of 91, I am lucky to be among the survivors of World War II.

THOMAS: John Boehner: Then and now

The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Of all the colors, pink may be the most important

I have the greatest grandbaby in the history of grandbabies. He is happy, sweet, smart and he looks just like his Papa. That would be me.

JACK SIMPSON: Some advances may not be progress

Living in today’s world, an old-timer has seen some remarkable changes wrought by technology. I remember when we had no televisions or computers.