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BARRY LEVINE: Barry's success as easy as 1-2-3

THE OLD ROCKER: Philadelphia's Barry switched from successful athlete to singer

The combination of singing and writing and performing helped Len Barry increase his 1966 income to a whopping $3 million.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: You'll find no misplaced compassion here

OPINION: Capital punishment opponents seem to forget about victims

When it comes to capital punishment, I’ll save my sympathy for criminals’ victims.

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MANDY FLYNN: I don't see the humor

LIFESTYLES COLUMNIST: Family get-togethers always bring out the stories

I love family stories. I could sit around the kitchen table and listen to them over and over again. Except maybe a few of them. The embarrassing ones. The ones that Never. Go. Away.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Christmas music

HISTORY: The popular song "Jingle Bells" got its start in Savannah

Music is such a large part of Christams, but how well do you know the songs so often played this time of year?

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Use the right words on health and fitness issues

HEALTH & FITNESS: Saying the wrong thing can demotivate

Whatever your opinion of fat shaming is, the research is very clear that stigma and discrimination against overweight people causes major psychological harm and makes the problem worse.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The Syrian immigration cul-de-sac

OPINION: Obama doesn't lift a finger to help Syrian refugees

Facing a massive failure of seven years of Democratic foreign policy stewardship, the GOP candidates have instead tried to outbid each other in being tough on Syrian refugees. This descent into xenophobia was led, as usual, by Donald Trump.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Academician got it right about the woman who shares my name

OPINION: The past couple of weeks have been a learning experience

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia that says a good way to improve your marriage is to show gratitude to your spouse. As one reader told me, groveling doesn’t hurt, either.

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CAL THOMAS: John Kasich's bad idea

OPINION: Conservatives are supposed to be against big government

Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s proposal to create a new government agency to promote “Judeo-Christian values” is a really bad idea.

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GEORGIE ANNE GEYER: Immigrants arrive with pasts intact

OPINION: Immigration has become a weapon of foreign policy on the part of certain states

Until the advent of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, the word “immigration” tended to mean the controlled and more-or-less legal movement of one people to another country.

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EUGENE ROBINSON: Republicans have created their own mess

OPINION: The self-harming was unintentional but inevitable

The insurrection that has reduced Jeb Bush to single-digit support while Trump and Carson soar is nothing more than the understandable reaction of the jilted.

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T. GAMBLE: Weighty thoughts about Thanksgiving

OPINION: Americans, as we know, love a holiday

It is Thanksgiving, so I suppose, at some time or another, we should be thankful for something.

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RONDA RICH: The gift of love

THE DIXIE DIVA: Never wait until tomorrow

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one of the dearest friends of my life, was back in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: The evil of holiday greetings and coffee cups

OPINION: Beware hate groups that hide negative causes behind religion

With all the world’s ills to choose from, some find evil in coffee cups and holiday greetings.

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WILL DURST: How many turkeys died for your dinner?

OPINION: I love the clarity of Thanksgiving

Allow me to pay tribute to the proud perspicacity of the plucky pilgrims in this pacific paean to our peculiar propensity for plumpish poultry on the 4th Thursday of November.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Be responsible during the holidays

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

With Thanksgiving only a day away, many of us express special thanks for the many blessings we have received and will receive. This is also the time of the year that everyone starts planning for Christmas decorations in our homes and communities.