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Yarbrough: Georgians getting hosed in the Dome

I have a lot of respect for third-term state Sen. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone. Sen. Chance's father, Louie, and I grew up in College Park and I know for a fact the young man comes from good stock. Louie Chance is a Great American.

April 03, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Coastal college primed as major player

Even conceding our state's seemingly clueless attitude toward understanding the importance of education to Georgia's future prosperity, our politicians and bureaucrats are going to have a hard time screwing up the College of Coastal Georgia. The institution simply has too much going for it.

March 27, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: More guns, fewer judges — Bad ideas

Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, wants to eliminate a bunch of Superior Court judges in Georgia. Seabaugh says getting rid of 19 judges would save the state $13 million to $14 million.

March 20, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Horsing around with state budget

In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, members of the Georgia General Assembly have to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy them their job.

March 13, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We should rate parents, not just teachers

I am up to my gizzard with our governor, legislature and assorted bureaucrats stomping around in public education with little regard for the consequences of their actions. Example: One school system in the state has been considering allowing the police to bring Tasers into the schools to quell unruly students.

February 27, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Microchips off the old block in Senate

While you and I have been tending to the mundane matters of life like filing our taxes and paying our bills, members of the General Assembly have been watching too many science fiction movies.

February 13, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter puts it all in perspective

Whenever this world starts looking too complicated, I call my friend Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. Skeeter has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective.

February 06, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Georgia needs a tea party protest

What this state needs is a good old-fashioned tea party. Not one directed at the liberal weenies in Washington who tried to ram health care reform down our throats. This protest needs to focus on the state of Georgia.

January 30, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Legislature reminds us of a goat’s limits

Let's cut our legislators a little slack before they begin their deliberations in the current session of the General Assembly. They need some time to get adjusted. You don't just go to Atlanta and start passing laws.

January 23, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The ‘Elephant Doc Governor’s legacy

I read where Gov. Sonny Perdue held a pep rally at the Capitol for state agency heads, state employees and assorted bass fishermen to fire up the troops as he prepares for the last year of what has been a scintillating two terms as our leader.

January 16, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Advice to grandsons for year ahead

To Brian and Thomas Yarbrough and Nicholas Wansley:

January 09, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: It’s a new year, but don’t tell the shrimp

You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as He and I would have liked.

January 02, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some treasures money can’t buy

I am a rich man, a man of incalculable wealth.

December 26, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ideas for new mayor, KSU football

Random thoughts on random subjects:

December 19, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Paying tribute to 3 truly wise men

This is the story of three wise men. They do not come bearing gifts of gold and myrrh and frankincense. Their gifts are service, intelligence and integrity. They don't have exotic names like Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa. Theirs are ordinary names: John, Raymond and Roy. But there is nothing ordinary about them.

December 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: Charters school progressing in Georgia

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 14, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Maybe I was wrong about charter school changes

You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012, creating the State Charter School Commission to allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: On a postgame exile in Bora Bora

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got it from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 06, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carl Sanders — A great man, a Georgia giant

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for the University of Georgia's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. I knew he would like the idea and perhaps could jerk a few chains I seem to have been unable to rattle thus far.

November 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Wingnuts and weenies; Junior’s early peek at 2016

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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