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JACK SIMPSON: A little mixup can have a big impact

We probably do not think much about what a difference one letter of the alphabet can make in our lives.

ROBINSON: Immigration reform needed right now

What should the president and Congress do? The answer could not be more obvious: comprehensive immigration reform. The system is broken. We need to fix it. Now.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Life's pretty good out where the buffalo roam

I don’t think I went west of the Chattahoochee River until I was 16 years old and The Bibb sent me to New Mexico with Jerry Aldridge, but I fell in love with the American West long before that.

COMMENTARY: 2050 Plan a collaborative effort that needs citizen input

I would like to provide a brief history on the intent and origin of the 2050 Plan that I think is important as we begin the public input sessions on the baseline ordinances (BLO).

THOMAS: Constitution, not illegal immigration is ‘central to our way of life’ Constitution, not illegal immigration is ‘central to our way of life’

The easiest solution to “immigration reform” is to first secure the border and then deal with the illegal aliens already here. Polls show the public favors this approach by large majorities. Meanwhile the president makes speeches and seeks to add to his party’s political base, rather than solve the problem.

WILL: The curse of judicial minimalism

Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9-0 rulings last week. One overturned a Massachusetts law restricting speech near abortion clinics. The other invalidated recess appointments that President Obama made when the Senate said it was not in recess.

ROB JENKINS: Appreciating the greatness that is LeBron James

Watching LeBron James play in the recent NBA playoffs reminded me of myself.

DOUG HOLT: Have lawmakers lost their minds?

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We’re going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I’m busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Take time for a refesher on our birth certificate

In Congress; July 4, 1776. That’s how the heading reads on the document we will celebrate this weekend. You know, don’t you, that the Second Continental Congress reached the unanimous decision to ratify the Declaration on July 2.

THOMAS: Obama, the arrogrant president

President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don’t matter. His attitude seems to be, “I have the power and the rest of government be damned.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some things in life shouldn't be so complicated

When did coffee get so complicated? I think it started when that topless mermaid out in Seattle started selling the stuff in cups with French sizing, but I’m not sure.

JACK SIMPSON: The skinny on another 'health' food

My friend Frank and I worked together for years at the Newton County Judicial Center. Our lunch periods frequently fell at the same time, and we got into the habit of having lunch together. After his retirement, we continued meeting for lunch several times a week and we met recently.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Hope for a troubled world begins with each of us

Is the world in as much turmoil as it seems or is it just me paying too much attention to the news — and the things I see around me? That was a rhetorical question. Don’t bother to answer.

JEFF MEADORS: Who really gains from standardized testing?

School system leaders, many reminiscent of drones for the state, foreshadow impending doom and dramatic testing changes going forward.

DOUG HOLT: What are legislative gambits?

If you’ve ever played chess, you know that an action taken to gain an advantage is called a gambit. Gambits exist in other fields of endeavor, many of which are not games, to include legislating.