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Yarbrough: Teachers earn a rest, and our thanks

To teachers: Congratulations on completing - no, make that "surviving" - another year in Georgia's public schools. As some of you know, I have a son and a son-in-law who are high school science teachers. I don't know why they - and you - do it.

June 06, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Where should we send the Gitmo gang?

For once, I am going to have to (shudder) agree with the American Civil Liberties Union. They are busting their britches to have pictures released of some of the 240 detainees at Guantanamo being waterboarded by the CIA.

May 30, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Dr. Gil indeed can pray up a storm

My hair is wet. My socks are mildewed. My joints ache. There is a torrent of water running down the street, and more rain is on the way. Drought? What drought?

May 16, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The future looks bright from here

After too long an absence, I finally returned to sacred ground at the University of Georgia. For all my babbling about my love for UGA, I have not felt welcomed there for several years.

May 09, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: We need Zell to straighten it all out

I miss the heck out of Zell Miller. I wish he would come back and straighten out the mess under the Gold Dome. And he could, too.

April 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thoughts on furloughs, tax cheats and Tommy the Barber

Kudos to Joe Mulholland, district attorney for the South Georgia Circuit, which includes Bainbridge, Camilla, and Cairo. After reading my suggestion that state government rather than schoolteachers take a furlough, the DA told me, "Some of us in government have already taken your argument to heart."

April 18, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: If women ruled the world, would I notice any difference?

I heard that former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers was coming to Atlanta to keynote a conference with an eye-glazing title: "Possible Woman Conference: Power, Promise and Possibilities," to take place April 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The proposed subject of her talk intrigued me: "Why Women Should Rule the World." Dumb me. I thought women already did.

April 11, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Is my favorite trio plotting against me?

We are four months into the new year, and I have heard nary a public peep from President-for-Life Jimmy Carter, our Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney or noted land baron Ted "Buffalo Boy" Turner.

April 04, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Let teachers be and go after tax cheats

I have a way to cut the state's $2 billion deficit significantly while keeping members of the General Assembly, the state's constitutional officers and assorted bureaucrats busy doing something meaningful for a change. Impossible, you say? Hear me out.

March 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Send tax evaders a message at polls

I think I have just figured out a way to get the 22 legislative tax evaders out of the General Assembly and onto the streets where they might have to find real work and quit swilling from the public trough.

March 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some spend tax dollars but don’t pay them

Let me say unequivocally that Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and I are on the same page regarding the fact that the Georgia Department of Revenue says Williams and about 10 percent of his colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly are delinquent in paying their taxes.

March 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Hello, Congress — Dalton is hurting

With apologies to Cool Hand Luke, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

March 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Cagle shows why he’s a force in state politics

I stopped by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's office the other day to talk about what's going on in the state these days. I found him refreshingly candid.

February 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: State’s certified teachers get the shaft

How would you like to work in a business with 236 CEOs telling you what to do, but with only a few having the foggiest notion what your job entails and no responsibility for what happens?

February 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Good news hard to find these days

As I was writing this column, the Woman Who Shares My Name wanted to ask two questions. First, would I please talk about positive things this week? "Surely," she mused, "there has to be some good news you can share with readers instead of your usual gloom and doom."

February 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: They'll have to run the 2016 race without me

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A tribute to those feeding a vital community need

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Anyone but me can be a great leader

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 10, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: UGA’s Class of ’19 will shine as best and brightest

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend The University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably heard by now whether or not you have been accepted.

April 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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