JACK SIMPSON: Boogie-Woogie Tom

In a recent column, we opted to talk about gambling rather than talking turkey. I guess now is the time to go back and discuss the wild turkeys hanging out in the back yard.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Here's a tip — reward those who deserve it most

Is it just me, or is the practice of tipping getting way out of hand?

ROBINSON: We are all Liberians now

The Obama administration needs to be much better at communicating a simple fact: Right now, you and I are essentially in no danger of contracting Ebola. But if we don’t act, there will be a danger — and it won’t go away.

JEFF MEADORS: Georgia schools fail the test on 'truth in advertising'

In response to feedback from a member of management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to recent column I will cover a small piece of the 2014 Leaders & Laggards report issued by the U.S. Chamber on K-12 education.

DARRELL HUCKABY: We aren't as free as we once were — or should be

Perhaps you think that you are far removed from the war that Muslim terrorists are waging on America — the war that was brought to our attention on 9/11 in 2001, even though it was being waged long before then. Perhaps you think that, but you are wrong. You are very, very wrong.

THOMAS: ISIS, Ebola — Americans can handle the truth

Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection rather than the protection of the public, which they are supposed to serve. We only know what they tell us. We presume they have access to accurate information, but we only get their version of the truth.

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KRAUTHAMMER: The real reason winning the Senate matters

Memo to the GOP: Win the Senate, then enact an agenda and dare the president to veto it. Show the country what you stand for. Then take it to the nation in 2016.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Wake me up when the baseball playoffs are over

I hate to have to admit this, but I cannot watch play-off baseball anymore. Not a whole game. I just can’t.

COMMENTARY: It's time for leaders to step up with a game plan

I’ve been both a supporter and critic of the 2050 Plan crafted by local government agencies to address Newton County’s growth challenges.

ROBINSON: Secure the people’s house

Put a taller fence around the White House complex and lock the doors. Then get rid of the dry rot in the Secret Service bureaucracy, restore staffing to reasonable levels, adopt the latest technology and develop new protocols to replace the ones that didn’t work. But don’t use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

JACK SIMPSON: Hello fall, good-bye summer pests

Fall has just arrived and I knew it before the first chill or the calendar told me so.

DARRELL HUCKABY: The man, and mentor, behind The Voice of Covington

I knew Bill Hoffman’s voice before I knew the man.

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THOMAS: Combating campus sexual assaults

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Life takes a new turn with first-born grandchild

I woke up Tuesday morning in my own bed for the second day in a row. It was the first time in weeks that I had done so. Who knew that retirement could be so stressful and tiring! Or so much fun, for that matter!

DARRELL HUCKABY: TV's iconic phrases live on in daily life

OK. I haven’t given anyone a quiz in a long time. What do “Just the facts, ma’am,” “Sorry about that, Chief,” and “What you talking ‘bout, Willis?” have in common?