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DARRELL HUCKABY: Frightening episode reveals community's silver lining

Anyone who lives in Rockdale County knows that there’s a lot going on in our hometown.

MARK SHIELDS: Yes, debates 15 months before Election Day do matter

Presidential debates, even those with 10 candidates held some 15 months before Election Day, do matter. Just recall the Aug. 11, 2011, GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, when Byron York of The Washington Examiner, in discussing the proposed combinations of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the federal budget deficit, asked former Sen. Rick Santorum: “Is there any ratio of (spending) cuts to (increasing) taxes that you would accept — 3-to-1, 4-to-1 or even 10-to-1?” Santorum replied, “No.”

LETTER: Slow population growth argues against Bear Creek reservoir project

Recent population projections by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget indicate continued slow growth for Newton County.

DARRELL HUCKABY: In August you can close your eyes and smell football

It’s August. Hard to believe, I know, but that’s what the calendar and the thermometer say. August used to be really, really significant to me because on the first day of August high school football coaches all over the state would start issuing equipment and go to work trying to build a championship football team, and for many, many years, I was a part of that fraternity.

ROBINSON: ‘Twas the week before the GOP debate

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

DARRELL HUCKABY: Nothing compares to riding the rails

All aboard! I’ve always been partial to trains.

JACK SIMPSON: Our next Commander-in-Chief?

The Donald has everyone’s attention. In fact, he is so much in the spotlight that polls show him as the leader in the Republican race for the presidential nomination.

DAVE BELTON: Changing world, changing military

In the wake of the horrible shooting of the Marines and the sailor in Chattanooga, I feel compelled to tell you about our changing military.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Muscle car inquiry revs up memories

The man wanted to know about muscle cars, but he was asking the wrong person. I have never been a car guy. During the age of the muscle car my daddy was driving an 8-year-old Buick and I was riding my thumb — or my feet — and all I knew about cars and engines was that I didn’t know anything about either.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Time to get to work to make our community safe

I’m not sure where I live anymore. When I moved to Conyers, 33 years ago, I teased my lovely bride, Lisa, that we were moving to “the country,” from the thriving metropolis of Covington.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Final Frontier full of adventure

What a magnificent week I have spent, away from cell phones and the Internet — for the most part — and away from the noise of Fox News and CNN and the SEC Network.

JACK SIMPSON: Public Enemy Number One

I turned on the television. For a few minutes, I thought I was watching a Hollywood thriller. A prisoner was walking back and forth in his cell and suddenly disappeared behind his shower. Hey, what is going on here?

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THOMAS: Obama, you're no Ronald Reagan

At his press conference last Wednesday, our president of self-regard again linked himself with Ronald Reagan, seeking to equate his supposed success in gaining a deal with Iran not to build a nuclear weapon for 10 years to Reagan’s arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union.

KRAUTHAMMER: Iran deal worse than we could have imagined

Who would have imagined we would be giving up the conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes on Iran? In nuclear negotiations?

HUCKABY: Will America stand up and fight?

America has lost her way. So says my friend Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, and I agree with him wholeheartedly.

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