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Yarbrough: Health survey tilts to the North

Imagine my surprise to read recent news reports that Georgia is among the least healthy states in the nation because of, among other things, our "poor diet." Obviously, the experts who put the report together have never heard of sweet tea, Vidalia onions, barbecue sandwiches or grits with butter. That doesn't sound like a poor diet to me.

November 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A new family holiday tradition is born

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson, Cameron Yarbrough, and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow, and two days later, I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Lawmaker vows to treat teachers right

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat that plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: US Muslims can’t always have it both ways

There are just a few things you can count on in this world: The sun will rise in the east; nobody will ever sing better than Ray Charles and somebody will try to make a martyr out of that piece of camel dung that killed 13 innocent men and women at Fort Hood, Texas.

November 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Letter is an apt tribute to our armed forces

My friend, Sam Griffin, the retired publisher of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, recently shared a letter written to him in 1942 by his father, Capt. Marvin Griffin, later to be governor of Georgia, as he and his men, members of the Georgia National Guard's 101st Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Battalion, were preparing to embark for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

November 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: To a wise son, from a grateful dad

I am not going to tell you how old he is because he might not want you to know. So, I will just tell you that on his birthday next week, the last number will have a "zero" behind it and he was born as Dwight Eisenhower was going out of office and John F. Kennedy was coming in. You can figure out the rest.

October 31, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Just what we needed — A new poll

The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Company is pleased to announce the results of the first survey by its new subsidiary, Round or Square, Inc., one of the nation's leading opinion research firms located in a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga.

October 24, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Why should teachers believe state politicians?

My son-in-law, Dr. Ted Wansley, teaches at Whitewater High School in Fayette County and coaches the school's cross-country teams. He is also a National Board Certified teacher.

October 17, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: My right-left identity crisis is making me nuts

I am having an identity crisis.

October 10, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Tooting my horn for marching bands

A young man asked recently if I would write a letter on his behalf, recommending him to the University of Georgia. That was an easy request. The lad is as bright as a newly-minted penny and I have no doubts that if UGA remains his first choice, he will excel there as he has done in one of the more academically-demanding private schools in our state.

October 03, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Carter is poster boy for hypocrisy

I don't know how Jimmy Carter can look himself in the mirror. He has made hypocrisy an art form.

September 26, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: I've got the perfect Green Czar choice

Dear Mr. President:

September 19, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Reflecting on the sudden loss of a young life

If you will allow me a moment of personal privilege, it has been one year since our grandson, Zack Wansley, collapsed and died while training for the Thanksgiving Day Marathon in Atlanta. He was 22.

September 12, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be safe, America, and never forget

It has been eight years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington killed some 3,000 innocent people. How soon we forget.

September 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Pondering grinches, values, sweet tea

Sometimes you just can't help but feel sorry for Malfunction Junction, aka, the city of Atlanta. Admittedly, it is hard to do because it is such a blowhard town and not half as hip as it thinks it is.

August 29, 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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