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KRAUTHAMMER: A one-way deal with Cuba

My view is that police-state control of every aspect of Cuban life is so thoroughly perfected that outside influences, whether confrontational or cooperative, only minimally affect the country’s domestic trajectory.

DARRELL HUCKABY: 2015 will bring wedding bells

Wedding bells will be my theme song as not one, but two of my children will be tying the knot — 56 days apart.

THOMAS: America interrupted

It will take more than a new Congress in 2015 and a new president in 2017 to save us from the fate of other empires. It will take a revival of the American spirit, and that can only come through changed attitudes towards our institutions and each other.

MARK SHIELDS: The price of raising political money

Mark A. Hanna was a wealthy Cleveland businessman who shrewdly laid out the winning strategy and personally, out of pocket, paid all the costs required to secure the 1896 Republican presidential nomination for his fellow Ohioan William McKinley.

DARRELL HUCKABY: All the worry in the world won't change a thing

This is the last column of 2014. I hope there will be many more to follow in the new year but the only things certain in life are death and taxes, so keep your fingers crossed.

DARRELL HUCKABY: It's time to stand up for the men and women in blue

As I get ready to take down my Christmas lights I have decided that I will leave one candle in my window throughout the new year. I will replace the clear soft white bulb, however, with a blue one. I support our nation’s police force. I’d hate to have to get along without them. Wouldn’t you?

JACK SIMPSON: When scams come calling

Have you heard from Jonathan Knight yet? If you haven’t, chances seem good that you will. He claims to be an agent of the IRS.

ROB JENKINS: What your wife really wants: Part 1

A couple of months ago, I wrote a pair of columns aimed at married women about “what your husband really wants.” This time around, in the interests of fairness, balance, and gender equity, I’d like to address the husbands.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Still searching for peace on earth, good-will to men

It’s almost Christmas, which is so special for so many reasons. My first epistle for this newspaper was on Christmas Day.

JACK SIMPSON: Crazy actions undermine our safety

The title of the song is “Crazy.” The same title could be applied to release by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee of CIA interrogation techniques. Released in the middle of a war with terrorists! Will this not backlash and endanger American lives?

DARRELL HUCKABY: In search of the perfect Christmas lights

So it is 2014 and I have yet another chapter to add to the story of the eternal battle between Christmas lights and yours truly — the North Georgia Piedmont’s own Clark Griswold.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Broadway still calls to those with big dreams

I was in New York for my annual Christmas weekend. It is a magical place with all of the hustle and bustle and lights and energy.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Christmas in the classroom used to be a lot more fun

I got together with some old teacher friends last week and we began waxing nostalgic about the good old days—back when teaching was more fun because we had more freedom in the classroom.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Elvis is dead, but this is the next best thing

Did you ever see Elvis live? I did, in the Macon Coliseum, in 1973. I haven’t been impressed by anything since.

JACK SIMPSON: Old friends talking over old times

You never know what might happen to you when going to a local restaurant to pick up a carry-out order. It recently happened to me when I encountered another old-timer in the parking lot.