KRAUTHAMMER: Obama sounds uncertain trumpet once again

In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic lows. But his strategic problem remains: the disconnect between (proclaimed) ends and means.

ROB JENKINS: How not to raise a slacker

As fathers, we all want our sons to grow up to be loving husbands, involved fathers, and contributing members of society. That doesn’t happen by accident.

DARRELL HUCKABY: At some point, yard work becomes inevitable

I found myself right in the middle of a rare 10-day stint at home Friday and found it impossible to ignore, any longer, my lovely wife Lisa’s extensive honey-do list.

JACK SIMPSON: Is 'the King' dying?

A family member just returned from a visit to our hometown in Appalachia. She noted many of the local stores had closed and the economy there was in free fall as coal miners were laid off and were looking for other jobs.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Conversation sho' 'nuff ain't as colorful as it once was

You have to be careful how you greet people, especially people who are a little long in the tooth.

ROBINSON: What if Obama’s plan to take out ISIS doesn’t work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

MARK SHIELDS: Exceptionally good luck

After enduring lavish praise while receiving an award before a big Hollywood dinner crowd, Jack Benny expertly deflected all the fawning with these words: “I don’t deserve this honor, but then I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that, either.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Remember the lessons of Sept. 11

“Have you forgotten how it felt that day, to see your homeland under fire, and her people blown away? Have you forgotten when those towers fell? We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell.”

THOMAS: The McDonnell verdict

The soap opera that played out in Richmond these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the voters of Virginia.

LETTER: BOC methods disappointing

The structure of county government was on the Newton County Board of Commissioners agenda again at its Sept. 2 meeting.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Morning memories are the best

Mornings are my favorite time of day. Always have been.

ROBINSON: Our challenge with Islam

Political Islam cannot be bombed away. If it is not somehow allowed constructive expression, it will make itself heard, and felt, in more tragic ways.

JACK SIMPSON: Gambling comes with many kinds of risks

I’m not a gambler and do not wish to become one. For me, coming out of the Great Depression years, money has been hard to come by unless earned.

DARRELL HUCKABY: It's time to give Coach Dooley his due

Vince Dooley turned 82 on Thursday. I know. Hard to believe, isn’t it. Especially since his beautiful wife, Barbara, can’t be a day over 39 — four children and 11 grandchildren notwithstanding.

THOMAS: ‘Finding Your Roots’ with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

A common humanity is what separates us from plants and animals. It should not separate us from each other.