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MAROSEK: A lesson from a teenager

Would you believe me if I tell you about a 13-year-old boy who wants desperately to have dinner with his family on a regular basis? And when at the dinner table, to have a conversation with them. He also wants to have rules set for him, and if he violates those rules, to be punished or suffer the consequences.

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CLINE: The genius of stopping before you ever start

We’ve passed Father’s Day, but some days bring back more memories than others despite what the calendar says. For some reason, mowing the yard always brings back memories of my dad.

SOWELL: Another mistake by the Supreme Court

Can the Republicans — or the country — afford to put another mushy moderate in the White House, who can appoint more mushy moderates to the Supreme Court?

PARKER: The evolution of Michelle Obama

First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

CEPEDA: The damage of a strict upbringing

You don’t have to be Hispanic to remember a childhood run by a parent who wielded an iron fist. But if you are Hispanic, you’re more likely to — and might still have some emotional scars.

CLINE: A throwback role: the humble hero

These days there are a lot of folks drawing attention to themselves, making humble heroes like Deputy Kyle McMinn stand out even more.

LETTERS: State should have say-so on same-sex marriage

The state constitution is the most fundamental protection of self-governance.

THOMAS: Same-sex marriage is only the beginning

That the majority threw a bone to religious people, their churches and institutions, saying they could continue to preach and teach that homosexual marriage is wrong, will almost certainly be challenged by gay activists and secularists whose goal is to drive religious people, and especially Christians, out of the public square.

LETTERS: Hillary not only candidate with flaws

Hillary Clinton may not be perfect, but at least she’s not Donald Trump

LETTERS: Pete Rose’s gambling no big deal

The Hit King belongs in the Hall of Fame.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Five young men define a successful life

OPINION: Grandsons show Rob Neely, when it was all said and done, got it right

At Rob Neely’s service, his five grandsons reminisced about what made their grandfather special to them. They didn’t mention plaques or awards or pictures with important people or political influence or high profiles or any of the kinds of things that have tended to be my definition of success.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Advice for a marriage filled with happiness and joy

I have looked forward to this occasion for 26 years, ever since I looked down at that screaming little red-faced bundle of joy and named him Jackson Lee Huckaby, and I have prayed that he would find a wife that was as kind and loving and God-fearing as he has become.

SMITH: Bill Petty: Smalltown hero

The Internet doesn’t confirm that there are any famous people from Cohutta, but I maintain that Bill Petty, who grew up here, was a great American.

ROBINSON: The fall of the Confederacy

One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.

REAGAN: Golf a nice diversion for the weekend

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

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