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DARRELL HUCKABY: Tommy Emmanuel can flat play a guitar

My friend invited me to a concert at one of those funky venues in Little Five Points. If you haven’t visited Little Five recently, think 10th Street in the late 1960s. All that’s missing is the Great Speckled Bird.

DARRELL HUCKABY: This unabashed patriot honors the flag

Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day. Old Glory. The Red, White and Blue. The Star Spangled Banner. The day set aside by Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the adoption of our flag by the Continental Congress in 1777. I bet there aren’t a dozen people in the area who knew that. Now there are a whole bunch of us that do.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Taking inventory of some of life's treasures

here is an old conundrum, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear, does it still make a sound?” I have a better one. “If I do something and my lovely wife, Lisa, is not at home to tell me, am I still wrong?” I’m betting that the answer to the second question is the same as the answer to the first.

JACK SIMPSON: Campaigning through loopholes

So far about a dozen Republicans and a handful of Democrats have entered, or are contemplating, a run for the Presidency. Each has his or her own plan of action.

DAVE BELTON: State must plan to address demands brought on by demographic changes

As a legislator, I am constantly introduced to studies showing current trends that are impacting Georgia. None of these is as important as demographics.

DARRELL HUCKABY: We must pray for a nation so many fought to preserve

For the first 62 years of my life I read about the invasion of Europe — an event that seemed like ancient history, although it occurred a scant eight years before I and the rest of the Baby Boomer Class of 1952 were born — give or take a Leo here and a Pisces there.

JACK SIMPSON: Holiday brings Americans together in gratitude

Call it Decoration Day, or Memorial Day, as you wish. On this special occasion everywhere across our nation, and even on foreign battlefields, flowers and flags appeared on the graves of fallen veterans. Graves were visited by families and friends.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Pondering the problems of a disposable world

It is amazing that there are any problems left in the world because my friend Dave and I meet every Wednesday morning to solve them at our local Waffle House.

MARK SHIELDS: Surviving graduation day

It’s graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker.

DARRELL HUCKABY: A little common sense has big impact in Maine

The great state of Maine, which has never been a bastion of conservatism, has decided that people who receive food stamps and otherwise live off the public dole in that state, will henceforth have to actually do something to qualify for a monthly handout.

ROB JENKINS: Where poverty comes from (and how to defeat it)

Perhaps without meaning to, President Obama recently seemed to rebuke…wait for it…Jesus Christ.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Two years later, the adventure continues

This weekend marks an anniversary, of sorts, for my lovely wife Lisa and me. This weekend marks the second anniversary of our initial excursion into the travel industry. It never was a career goal — honest.

JACK SIMPSON: National recognition for Sheriff Ezell Brown

The May/June issue of The National Sheriffs Association Magazine just arrived in my mailbox. From its contents I learned a few things that made me proud to still be in this profession since first I began in the 1950s.

DARRELL HUCKABY: The world is changing — for good or ill

The South I live in doesn’t resemble the South I was raised in, and I don’t need an article in the big city newspaper to point that out to me.

MARK SHIELDS: Chris Christie channels Ralph Perk

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times.