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CAL THOMAS: The rules of war need updating

OPINION: Are we fighting a war or competing for Miss Congeniality?

In Britain, the Army has issued new guidelines for interrogating suspected terrorists. They include no shouting, no banging of fists on tables and no “insulting words.” If Britain had employed those techniques during World War II, Hitler’s face might be on the British pound note, instead of the Queen’s.

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 20, 2014

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DUANE 'BANJO' DAVIS: Give God a chance

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nothing in the Constitution separates church from state

It would be helpful if the Ten Commandments were to be displayed in prominent places, it just might be that some young boy see these and would ask his daddy, “What does it mean to honor your father and mother?” or “Why is it wrong to steal, Daddy?”

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WARREN GRANT: Torture report was a big lie

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Everything, even torture, is debatable

Torture is a terrible thing, but when you’re dealing with terrible thugs you have to fight fire with fire.

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WALT SPECHT: Shootings need to be dealt with

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens should speak up about shooting crimes

Someone saw more than they are telling. You can be unknown, and yet let the facts be known. It is all up to you what you do to deal with this threat to your community, and ours.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Friendships are the gift that keeps on giving

OPINION: As our days ahead dwindle, friendships gain in importance

Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don’t require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How do you rank your giving and receiving this season?

FAITH: Miamonides had eight levels of charitable giving

Miamonides’ scale had nothing to do with Hanukkah or Christmas gifts; his hierarchy describes giving to persons in need. The lowest level is a gift given grudgingly while the highest level enables a person to stand without need for further gifts.

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Bright Side of the Day - Dec. 19, 2014

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JOHN WALLACE: Sometimes the dark side is too dark

GUEST COMMENTARY: The downside of using torture is not debatable

Personally, I don’t have a problem with torturing our enemies. And that’s why you should never trust me in a position to make that decision, because torture is wrong and unacceptable in a civilized society.

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HAL BRADY: What is Christmas all about?

FAITH: Christmas is about love being the solution

As someone suggested, “Charlie Brown isn’t the only one who asked, ‘what’s Christmas all about.” Real people also ask it.

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BYRON YORK: Obama action make illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer programs

OPINION; Hundreds of thousands will be eligible for earned income or child tax credits

the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC, are intended for low-income workers and provide what is known as refundable tax credits. That means they give workers a tax refund that is larger than their tax liability.

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 19, 2014

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TABATHA HOLLEY: Why Ferguson matters in south Georgia

GUEST COMENTARY: Protesters react to state-inflicted racial violence

Despite the attempts by the mass media to exemplify Ferguson protesters as angry, violent, and out of control, the residents of Ferguson and activists have brought a century-long issue to the top of America’s agenda — state violence on black and brown bodies.

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T. GAMBLE: A 'Squatchy' accomplishment in 2014

OPINION: Dumb TV at least makes you feel smarter than what you are watching

Spending too much time in front of the TV leaves you short in the accomplishment department.

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Bright Side of the Day - Dec. 17, 2014

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