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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.

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LORAN SMITH: Close call on national bird

FEATURES COLUMNIST: The Thanksgiving holidays are always a sentimental and sobering time

At Thanksgiving, I often think about the image Ben Franklin had of the turkey. It has long been reported that Franklin preferred the turkey over the eagle as our national bird.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: First comes love, then what?

OPINION: More people can marry, but millennials arent

More Americans than ever are eligible to marry the person of their choosing. Yet, for some reason, my generation is increasingly electing to forgo this right. In fact, Americans age 18 to 34 are less than half as likely to be married today as our counterparts were 50 years ago.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Obama, speaking from the ruins

OPINION: America has a president whose wartime leadership is apparently inspired by Rachel Maddow

It is almost beyond belief: A commander in chief, in a time of national testing, deploying limbless soldiers as a rhetorical trump card against his political opponents. In Turkey, Obama expressed more obvious relish for his own partisan battles than for the nation’s military goals.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Fear of Syrian refugees evokes ugly past

OPINION: The stampede started quickly

Even as stunned Parisians were still placing flowers at the sites of the terrorist atrocities that claimed more than a hundred lives and injured hundreds more, a couple of American governors had announced that Syrian refugees would not be welcome on their turf.

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CAL THOMAS: The race to riot on college campuses

OPINION: How about blaming the spoiled fruit of liberalism?

College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, “Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase.” That wasn’t a story in yesterday’s newspaper. That was a story in the Times edition of October 31, 1988.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Classic Rock should not be stuck on repeat

OPINION: Hearing a favorite old song is a treat, not a requirement

Some local radio stations could use a little programming help when it comes to their playlists.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Obama's phony war

OPINION: Obama's priorities lie elsewhere -- climate change and closing Gitmo

Barack Obama, titular head of the free world, has responded to Paris with weariness and annoyance. His news conference in Turkey was marked by a stunning tone of passivity, detachment and lassitude, compounded by impatience and irritability at the very suggestion that his Syria strategy might be failing.

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TERRY LEWIS: The anatomy of an execution

OPINION: A recollection of the execution of Marcus Ray Johnson

Thursday night, I sat in the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison’s death chamber watching Marcus Ray Johnson being prepped for his execution. The precision and ritualization of the step-by-step process had an almost religious air to it, and will remain with me for the rest of my life.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at quotes regarding thankfulness | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: Vivien Leigh once said, 'Dear Lord, I'm so grateful I'm still loved.'

As Thanksgiving nears, stop and give thanks for what you have.

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MANDY FLYNN: My heart is full

LIFESTYLES COLUMNIST: As a child, Thanksgiving Day was magical

Times change and each holiday is different. None less special than the last, just in different ways. We are thankful for them all. But as I always do, I will take the time to remember a different day, of how it used to be.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Don't put resolutions off until the new year

HEALTH & FITNESS: The holidays can be a time of procrastination on health

The best way to beat the odds is to start now, before the new year. Find success by following a better strategy.

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BOB KORNEGAY: You'e my kind kind of deer hunter

Makes me feel good to meet someone like you

Knowing how to appreciate those sights and sounds when one is on the deer stand is all that really counts.