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Yarbrough: Olympic memories will be of athletes, not glitches

Hard to believe, but it has been 16 years since the Olympic Games were held in our state. As I watch the festivities in London, I remembered the phone calls I had received over the past year from media members in Great Britain, asking me if I had any thoughts on what was going to happen when the Games began in London.

August 04, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Trip offers a reminder that life is precious

I have just returned from a memorable trip to Valdosta. I went there to speak to the Rotary Club. The members laughed in all the right places, which not only was memorable, but downright remarkable.

July 28, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Certified as your modest, much-beloved columnist

Would you allow an unlicensed electrician to install a bug zapper in your living room? Would you let an unlicensed plumber unclog the throne in your reading room? Would you give an unlicensed pilot permission to take you for a spin in his Sopwith Camel or allow an unlicensed insurance agent to sell your Significant Other a policy that would encourage you to do just that?

July 21, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Plum Nelly says Higgs boson won’t fix stupid

News bulletin: Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that looks remarkably like the long-sought Higgs boson. Sometimes called the "God particle" because its existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe, the hunt for the Higgs involved thousands of scientists from all over the world.

July 14, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ethics reform not silly to rest of us

Everyone seems comfortable with the relationship between lawmakers and lizard-loafered lobbyists except We the Unwashed. But, then, what do we know?

July 07, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Women’s biggest health threat? Dealing with men

I read several news reports recently about a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the Imperial College in London that says while women are still expected to live longer than men, the gap is closing. The study concludes that life expectancy for women in Georgia increased by a little less than three years while men increased more than 5½ years.

June 30, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Secular group gets no ‘amen’ from me

I received a press release last week from the Secular Coalition for America, a group of "atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans" announcing plans to establish a chapter in Georgia to lobby state lawmakers.

June 23, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: ‘Will the Winner’ eclipses Mork from Ork

For a guy more uptight than a bullfrog in boiling water, State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, can be a hoot. I first discovered this when he and another senator named Chip (Pearson, from Dawsonville) teamed up a few years ago to pass a bill in the Senate banning our body parts from being micro-chipped without our permission.

June 16, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ga. beaches don’t need approval

Have you ever heard of Florida International University? I must admit they don't come to mind when talking about institutions of higher learning. Perhaps that is because I think first of the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, current state football champions and home to 18 Rhodes Scholars. Woof! Woof!

June 09, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ga. House Speaker has a real gift for politics

"Mr. Speaker, may I come in?"

June 02, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Teachers, keep fighting the good fight

To Georgia's public school teachers:

May 26, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter is way out of his league as a lobbyist

Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Metropolitan Pooler, called me this week.

May 19, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts on UGA fishing team, Daffy Duck and Junior Lee

Random thoughts:

May 12, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1 is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

May 05, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Giving high marks to Gov. Deal so far

Dear Governor, I know you have been waiting to hear how I think you are handling things these days, but I wanted to give you time to get the legislators out of town and to be sure all the silverware is accounted for. Plus, I have been busy trying to help your pal, Leroy Gingrich, understand he has blown his chances of becoming president of the United States and that he might want to go back to Washington and moonlight as the Pillsbury Doughboy.

April 28, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: Ticking down the days to onion time

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

March 18, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dick Yarbrough: State has a better plan to fix struggling schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 11, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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