DARRELL HUCKABY: Change of season leads to change of wardrobe

Friday was a sad day for me. It was the day I had set aside to move my summer clothes to the closet in the attic. Yes, I have summer clothes — as well as year-round clothes, understand.

ROB JENKINS: Taking the test for Southern citizenship

A good friend of mine, who hails from jolly old England, recently became a naturalized American citizen.

LETTER: Remember history's lessons with accuracy

Darrell Huckaby (Citizen, Sept. 10, 2014) asks if we have forgotten in regards to the lessons of 9/11.

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ROBINSON: Obama may have to send troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start.

DARRELL HUCKABY: One column stands out above the rest

I wouldn’t say that my readers are old, but I realize that most of you at least remember having to dial a phone and actually walk across the room to change channels on the television set. So do I, by the way. And it is understandable that the age range of my readers is somewhere between early Geritol use and lap blankets for Christmas. I often wax nostalgic about the bygone days and most young people never seem to be interested in history until they get older and realize how much it has affected their lives.

LETTER: Newton commissioners reach new low point

The Newton County commissioners reached a new low point at their meeting on Sept. 16. It was predictable, but oh so disappointing.

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JACK SIMPSON: Growing older has its benefits

I do like living in a small town. Sometimes when eating in a local restaurant, people will walk up to my table, introduce themselves and tell me they enjoy reading my column. How nice. I do so enjoy sharing their experiences and hearing about them and their families.

THOMAS: With Hillary, where is the substance?

Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “…she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Time to stop playing politics with medical marijuana

So the big news on the legislative front in Georgia this winter will be whether or not to legalize marijuana — purely for medicinal purposes, understand. We have come a long way since “Reefer Madness” was filmed in an attempt to scare teenagers into avoiding weed no matter what.

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.