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DARRELL HUCKABY: When did dining out become so complicated?

I will never forget the first foreign restaurant I frequented. I was 18 and Kevin Price and I went to Tybee Island for a couple of days with my parents. We walked into a pizza parlor across the street from our hotel and ordered what was to be my first pizza pie, and my last for quite some time.

JACK SIMPSON: 'Jihadi John' a foe who must be defeated

Peter Kassig, humanitarian aid worker, was recently beheaded by ISIS and President Obama called the incident “pure evil.” Of course what ISIS is doing inspires terror.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Recounting blessings during this time of thanks

My favorite column of the year, and the easiest to write, is the one that you are reading right now. Each year as the season of Thanksgiving approaches I realize that my blessings grow exponentially in total disproportion to my years on earth.

MARK SHIELDS: The end of an admirable era

After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than the official celebration ceremony, which rightly marked the end of this loyal American’s service, was the national policy that made his career possible. Ralph Rigby was almost certainly the last soldier on active duty who had been drafted into military service.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Obama's executive order shows disdain for American people

Thursday night President Obama took a big step toward making that fundamental change that so many of us had feared since he first took office in 2009.

JACK SIMPSON: Comet landing is history in the making

Not being a scientist, I cannot imagine what went into planning and sending of the lander Philae to a meeting with a comet out in deep space. Anyway, I am among the admirers of the accomplishment of the European Space Agency and its dozen or so contributors.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Wedding bells ringing for Mrs. Charles Manson

Well, get the rice ready to throw and let the wedding bells chime because Afton Elaine Burton — also known as Star — has found her beau, apparently a match made in heaven. At a yet to be determined time in the near future she will become — are you ready for this? — Mrs. Charles Manson.

THOMAS: Obama unfaithfully executing the law

President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of children who are American citizens, to live and work in this country without the threat of deportation, in effect granting amnesty to up to five million people.

JEFF MEADORS: Dual enrollment programs going strong

Dual Enrollment programs take center stage at the Newton College & Career Academy Thursday night, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the academy’s lecture hall as both Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College offer guidance on respective dual enrollment programs.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Starting a new Christmas tradition

I am officially rushing the season, y’all — for perhaps the first time in my life.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Football and cold weather not a good mix in the South

I don’t know how they do it. Yankees, I mean. I will admit that it is time to give the devil his due. I am speaking of the hearty folks from the frozen tundra of our northernmost states — the people in Cleveland and Buffalo and Green Bay, Wis., who go out in weather that is fit for neither man nor beast and sit and watch football.

DARRELL HUCKABY: This is as good as it gets

Until I looked into my grandson’s sparkling blue eyes and saw that precious smile spread across his face when he recognized his Papa for the first time, I didn’t know how much joy one human being could bring to another human being.

JACK SIMPSON: Health care workers should honor quarantine rules

Registered Nurse Kaci Hickox made the evening news recently. She volunteered to go to West Africa to render aid to Ebola patients. Upon her return home, she was asked to honor quarantine rules and she felt her rights were being violated because she was not ill.

THOMAS: Calvin Coolidge's philosophy would work well in 2016 election

At a dinner sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation last Thursday, there was a debate about wealth redistribution. A team of Canadian students who think government should “spread the wealth around” faced off against a team of American students who think government has no business doing any such thing.

DARRELL HUCKABY: November reminds me of my romance with basketball

Every year, when mid-November approaches, my heart starts beating to the rhythm of a basketball bouncing on a hardwood floor. A lot of folks raised in Newton County in the ’50s and ’60s probably have similar afflictions, but mine, I suspect, is more severe than most.