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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


Yarbrough: Atlanta spinal center rebuilds lives, lifts spirits

Those of you who regularly check this space know this, but to the newcomers out there: I am a whiner. Like Goldilocks, I whine when the porridge is too hot. I whine when the porridge is too cold. But unlike Goldilocks, I whine even when the glop is just right.

April 21, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some dreamy headlines I found in the clouds

Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea. And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:

April 14, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Legislature doesn't always do what it says

Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.

April 07, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Junior has a Looney Tunes idea for our next president

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., called me all out of breath.

March 31, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: Celebrating a hero of Olympian stature

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 25, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Sonny knows all about swamp draining

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 18, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A bit of marital advice for a pair of newlyweds

Please allow me a bit of a preamble: Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson No. 3 chronologically and - pardon a grandfather's pride - a high achiever.

February 11, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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