LETTER: Politicians need illegal immigration to support Social Security

I do a lot of thinking about why people hold certain positions and ideas, especially when they are different from mine. I know it may come as a surprise to some that I think at all, but I do — a lot.

DARRELL HUCKABY: The many reasons to celebrate March

March is finally here. Always has been my favorite month, ever since I first saw the light of day on the 10th day of the third month way back in the previous century.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Walking the Holy Land a reminder of the call to oppose evil

I am coming to you today from Tiberius, on the Sea of Galilee., and what a week I am having. Remember when you used to write postcards from the beach that would get home before you did? Sure you do. They all read, “Having a great time; wish you were here. Well, I am having a great time, and I do wish you were here. I wish everyone could be here in the land where Jesus walked and taught and performed miracles.

DAVE BELTON: Alternative to AP needed in Georgia schools

A disturbing turn of events has occurred with the new Advanced Placement History Test. The AP has been around since 1956, offering high school kids the opportunity to gain college credit by taking a very difficult class and passing a very difficult test. Unfortunately, the College Board (the same folks who write the SAT) has suddenly created a biased and left-leaning test.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Father's influences richer with the passing of time

I have been thinking about my father a lot lately. We buried him 27 years ago this week.

JACK SIMPSON: Rethinking a Valentine's Day decision

It is already a couple of weeks past Valentine’s Day. As a senior citizen you, like me, are acquainted with the routine. Having spent years together, you and your spouse agree in advance not to make a big deal out of this Feb. 14th. Without cards, candy and flowers, the feast of St. Valentine turns out to be pretty much just like every other day, except for a nice lunch and assurance of continued love and affection for one another!

DARRELL HUCKABY: Missing snow? Might as well blame Sherman

It has become a common question. How do snow and ice know where I-20 is? And where did the snow stop falling before they built I-20?

State House passes measures dealing with aging, education

Over a third of this legislative session is done, and it seems like we’ve passed very little legislation. Some might say that is a good thing … the fewer laws we pass, the less trouble we can make for the people of Georgia. In any case, we are scheduled to end on April 2.

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KRAUTHAMMER: Abolish the fillibuster

Filibuster abolition is more than a one-shot proposition. It would radically change the next two years. It would give Republicans full control of the Congress and allow swift passage of a GOP agenda.

LETTER: Citizens group offers ideas to improve Newton government

The undersigned Newton County residents have submitted to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) the following list of suggestions to improve county government.

DARRELL HUCKABY: An old friend with new-found fame

Andy Warhol predicted that in the future, everyone would get his — or her — 15 minutes of fame. Another way of putting it might be that every dog will have his day. My friend, Jesse Kenney, had his two weeks ago at the Georgia-Auburn basketball game.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Memorable endings — for one reason or another

And they all lived happily ever after. I’m speaking now of Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon and the rest of the characters on the hit CBS television drama, “The Mentalist.”

JACK SIMPSON: Some are better suited for retirement than others

It happened to me again recently for the hundredth or so time. Someone at lunch asked me, “When are you going to retire?” Of course, at 90 years old, I guess one must accept questions like this.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Catching up on our presidents on Presidents Day

In case you didn’t notice, much of the metro area was shut down Monday, and not from the ice that pelted the northern suburbs. It was Presidents’ Day. Or was it?

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AARON BROOKS: Republican rhetoric versus action

Can you take a moment to think about why people think Republicans are heartless hypocrites? As a Republican I often wonder why people think of my party in this fashion. Are we really a bunch of people who favor the wealthy over regular, everyday people?