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MCCULLOUGH: A runoff is what scares me

Please, voters, make sure there are winners on Tuesday. Otherwise it’s two more months of this nonsense.

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EUGENE ROBINSON: What would Republicans do?

OPINION: This year's campaign has been dull and disheartening

No matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday — and my hunch is they won’t do as well as they hope — the GOP won’t be able to claim any kind of mandate. That’s because they have refused to articulate any vision for governing.

SMITH: With holidays approaching, food banks need your help

The holiday season is coming up, and there are some families out there who are not doing so well. A number of them would go hungry were it not for the food banks.

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THOMAS SOWELL: Another round of random thoughts on random topics

OPINION: There is a point of no return in all relationships

The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time.

CEPEDA: Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen

It’s no overstatement to say that we lost a trailblazer when Elizabeth Pena died earlier this month. To note that she was wonderful, but not exceptionally famous, isn’t a knock on her abilities. It is a testament to her undervalued contributions to the performing arts.

PARKER: The people and the pendulum

What we are is a nation of sensible sorts, most of whom come home each day to rest where the pendulum do. May the victors, both Democrat and Republican, remember this fact and keep it close to their conscience.

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HAVENS: Passage of Amendment B would enhance Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund

Those whose reckless acts cause others to deal with lifelong disabilities should be required to help their victims cope with their condition through a surcharge on fines levied against reckless drivers.

CLINE: Volunteer spirit alive in Gwinnett

Those volunteering at an early age will likely continue as they grow older, inspiring friends and family along the way. For many people, the stumbling block to volunteering is knowing what to do or where to start.

KRAUTHAMMER: Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

With events in the saddle and a sense of disorder growing — the summer border crisis, Ferguson, the rise of the Islamic State, Ebola — the nation expects from the White House not miracles but competence. At a minimum, mere presence. An observer presidency with its bewildered-bystander pose only adds to the unease.

MCCULLOUGH: Preparing for the end — and beyond

Let’s face it: There are a lot of things out there in this scary world that can do you in. Terrorism, disease, grizzly bears, volcanos, certain football players — risks are everywhere, and you have to take steps to protect yourself. Luckily, the Internet is here to help.

SMITH: UGA researcher expert on food safety

There are celebrated researchers on the campus, like microbiologist Michael Doyle, whose research may be the most important there is, if you consider how important food is to each of us — and particularly if you consider that we are now importing 20 percent of our food.

ROBINSON: Stepping into the morass?

This is not a call for deeper U.S. involvement in Iraq and Syria. But if degrade-and-destroy is really the goal, I don’t see how deeper involvement will be avoided.

CEPEDA: Benefits of closing the word gap

It has been almost 20 years since researchers found that during their early development, children from low-income households hear an average of 30 million fewer words than those from higher socioeconomic status homes.

PARKER: Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts — the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

SOWELL: The practice of predatory journalism

People who believe in government-set price controls — whether on interest rates charged for loans, rents charged for housing or wages paid under minimum wage laws — seem to think that this is the end of the story. Yet there is a vast literature on the economic repercussions of price controls.