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LORAN SMITH: South Dakota trip already on my 2015 calendar

FEATURES COLUMN: There is nothing like hunting pheasant in South Dakota

For years, I have been hunting pheasant with a friend, Homer Harding, who is as hearty as the pheasant. He is still hunting at age 89.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Age may be just a number, but sleeping shouldn't hurt

OPINION: A list of ways you can tell others are getting older

Conversations with senior workers offers a few gentle reminders.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The pope's human touch

OPINION: Pope Francis confuses Catholics about marriage

Francis is cultivating debate within the church about an essential social institution — and the value of relationships outside it — even as that institution is under assault by the world (at least in parts of the world where the sexual revolution continues its relentless march). In the middle of an important cultural conflict, Francis sounds an uncertain trumpet.

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TOM PURCELL: Smokers become social pariahs

OPINION: Once fashionable, smoking is now seen as vile and ugly

I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope, at least for those who prefer something other than tobacco.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

OPINION: Negative savings is not unusual for a young generation

If you look at all of Moody’s data, going back several decades, you’ll notice that young people almost always have had a negative savings rate, with “dissavings” for earlier generations of youth far worse than that among today’s supposedly irresponsible millennials.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Climate change is the most pressing issue

OPINION: Last week, Obama sealed a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping to limit carbon dioxide

President Obama’s focus on climate change may be the most important part of his legacy. There is no issue more crucial to the future of the United States — indeed, to the future of the planet — than ameliorating rising global temperatures.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Our approaching storm

OPINION: Using executive orders will leave issues unrevolved rather than resolved

An ambitious executive order by Obama on immigration would result in an even greater ideological storm. Nearly all Republicans would have deep legal and procedural objections.

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MANDY FLYNN: It's grateful people who are happy

FEATURES COLUMN: Photograph puts things into perspective

I still remember how those five words made me feel that day, sitting in that den on that brown sofa holding that photo in my hands. Sad.

BARRY LEVINE: Listing the instrumental songs to hit No. 1 on the charts

THE OLD ROCKER: Acker Bilk had the nation's top hit in May 1962

“Stranger in the Night” was one of a plethora of instrumental songs to reach No. 1 from the start of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era from the summer of 1955 through 1962.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany, Dougherty officials should move on rec complex

OPINION: SPLOST-funded complex could promote economic development

Albany and Dougherty County officials are considering pooling benefits to build a state-of-the-art recreation complex.

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CAL THOMAS: Who are you calling stupid?

OPINION: One Obamacare architect professes stupidity, deception needed for its passage

Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

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TREY SEARLES: Every step counts recovering from injury

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Positive attitude in important in overcoming sports injuries

A recent study showed that an athlete’s willingness to listen, a positive attitude and intrinsic motivation distinguished those who coped more successfully from their less successful counterparts. In addition to attitude, education is also key.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Jumpshooting a study in form

OUTDOORS: Jumpshooting involves wading, floating or walking quietly in ducky locations, shotgun at the ready

Years ago I read Corey Ford’s duck hunting prose for the first time and my desire to become a waterfowler knew no bounds. I was particularly intrigued by a technique termed “jumpshooting.”

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JAMES W. KING: More gun control is not the answer

GUEST COMMENTARY: Armed guards are needed to protect schools, public places

Gun control schemes by liberal socialist Democrats will not stop school shootings or prevent crime.

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DICK YARBROUGH: This is one terrorst who deserves our thanks

OPINION: This kindhearted, compassionate soul was once a trained saboteur

Frank Gleason is an elfin man in his 90s with a perpetual twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face; a man who laughs as hard at his own jokes as does his audience and who scolds me for what he sees as my misguided political views.