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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.

ROB JENKINS: Which type of parent are you?

We all know some parents are too strict and others too lenient. But according to research conducted by the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, it’s not quite that simple. Parenting styles can actually be placed on a continuum, with four main types.

DARRELL HUCKABY: A baseball legend turns 90

While I wasn’t playing real close attention Yogi Berra turned 90 last week. Where did my childhood go?

JACK SIMPSON: Say hello to good news about coffee

My wife is a person who loves a good cup of coffee with breakfast. Sometimes she gets frustrated when going to her favorite grocery store only to find her favorite coffee is not on the shelf. She is among those folks who agree that breakfast without a good cup of “Joe” just is not breakfast.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Honor those who have served our nation

I never like it when news commentators — or man-on-the-street witnesses — describe accident scenes or natural disasters as “looking like a war zone” unless they have, in fact, been in a war zone. I haven’t.

MARK SHIELDS: Answer to one question unnerves Democrats

Hillary Clinton, according to the reliable Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released earlier this month, defines the 2016 presidential race.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Graduation send-off for T-Man

Graduation has always been a special season for me and I have been to hundreds. Many involved my own children. Many involved students I had taught and nurtured over the year, students that I truly hated to see go.

ROB JENKINS: ‘Government’ schools? Maybe — but in America, we’re the government

My wife and I have raised four honor students, four varsity athletes, two Eagle Scouts (soon to be three), two gainfully-employed college graduates (so far), and three academic scholarship recipients (soon to be four).

DARRELL HUCKABY: Serenity and beauty in Portland, Ore.

I could live in Portland, Ore. I couldn’t live in many places without grits or sweet iced tea or Republicans, but I could live in Portland.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Godspeed to purveyor of hope and healing

Three years ago, give or take a prayer here and an injection there, my lovely wife, Dr. Lisa, and I sat nervously in an examination room in a Houston, Texas, clinic waiting to see Dr. Lance Pagliaro.

JACK SIMPSON: Beware the Green Dot scam

Judging from the large number of complaints, there is a major “boogey man” loose in the neighborhood — ‘’The Unsolicited Green Dot Debit Card.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Summer once meant time for kids to be kids

Yes, friends, it’s May, which means school is almost out and it is time for my thoughts to drift back to those endless and idyllic days of my childhood summers, in Porterdale.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Rethinking our treatment of animals

OPINION: Some modern practices as unthinkable as those in past

Some things are unnecessary. Caging beautiful creatures. Displaying them for spectacle. It’s good that these are being rethought.

JACK SIMPSON: The plight of immigrants

My spouse and I were watching “60 Minutes” on a recent Sunday evening. It was sad to hear of the problems faced by migrants fleeing Africa and placing themselves at the mercy of smugglers in order to reach Europe by small overcrowded boats.

DARRELL HUCKABY: What it takes to make a house a home

I was having a chat with a Porterdale police officer Sunday evening — no, I hadn’t been pulled over — and was showing her where all the businesses had been “back in the day.”