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Yarbrough: Vive la France! My new best friends

I haven't cared much for the French since some weenie named Jean-Paul Monchau came to Atlanta a few years ago as France's consul general. He'd barely unpacked his bags before he announced that he intended to have the state of Georgia declare a moratorium on capital punishment and that he intended to see that the moratorium became permanent.

November 01, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Back in the saddle, if a little shaky

After the unexpected death of my beloved grandson, Zack Wansley, I wasn't sure I wanted to do this anymore. Twitting inept politicians, know-it-all media, smug entertainers, greedy CEOs and the terminally humorless seemed absurdly irrelevant.

October 25, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: So Cox can pass 5th grade; big deal

Even though she won $1 million for charity, I was not pleased with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox's decision to appear on Fox Network's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

September 27, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Listen in as pro pols ponder Palin

Want to know how Democratic strategists reacted to John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate? Let's listen in and hear for ourselves:

September 20, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Voice of the ‘new’ AT&T is a clueless robot

When my alma mater, BellSouth, was absorbed by Southwestern Bell, aka the "new" AT&T in 2006, then-BellSouth CEO F. Duane Ackerman said, "Technology changes and convergence are shaping a new competitive dynamic and creating tremendous opportunity."

September 13, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Taking in the view from Scotland

I have just returned from taking grandson Nicholas Wansley to Scotland with his grandma to visit the land of her ancestors. I would have taken him to visit my ancestors except I don't have any idea where they are.

September 06, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter’s right; Georgia critics are just jealous

It never fails. Just let me say one nice thing about the great state of Georgia and I get letters from people who, (a) live in the state but, (b) are originally from a state north of the Mason-Dixon Line that, (c) they think is better than the state in which they now reside.

August 30, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Georgian is leading Ford’s rebound

Bennie Fowler represents everything that is good about this country, so it is not surprising that American-headquartered Ford Motor Co. has him in a key position to help the company in its turnaround efforts.

August 23, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Ten years of making folks laugh, cry and rant

It was 10 years ago this month that the Atlanta Business Chronicle asked me to write a column giving my view of Atlanta two years after the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. I had been the managing director of communications and government relations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the paper wanted to know how I thought the city had changed after hosting the world. Or had it changed at all? The offer was too good to resist.

August 16, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Georgia is at epicenter of national politics

Are we Georgians a privileged group or what? Here we sit in the greatest state in the union with its majestic mountains; beautiful beaches; the oldest state-chartered university in the nation located in Athens, the Classic City of the South; sweet Vidalia onions and more barbecue than we can eat.

August 09, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Thinking randomly on form letters, Atlanta’s PC work signs

No good deed goes unpunished. Recently I mentioned that Sen. Saxby Chambliss wanted to hear from you regarding your thoughts on the current energy crisis. A lot of you wrote him, and many of you sent me a copy. I found your letters a lot more thoughtful than the reply you received from the senator's office. To call the response a "form letter" would demean form letters.

August 02, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A salute to two good Georgia men

This is a story of two good men. Separated in age by several decades and in geography by several thousand miles, but with much in common: Successful careers, devoted family men, veterans, athletes, men of high character. Both with a love for the University of Georgia. Both are my friends.

July 26, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Some questions even I can’t answer

You'd better sit down for this one. I must confess that I, your modest and much-beloved columnist, don't have all the answers. (I can hear the gasps from Adel to Zebulon.)

July 18, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Join the Senate debate on energy

I was deep in thought on my back porch at Big Canoe in the North Georgia mountains when the phone rang. It was Sen. Saxby Chambliss calling from Washington. He sounded as if he had been rode hard and put away wet. Given his druthers, I suspect he would have preferred sitting on the porch staring at the mountains than stuck in Washington with a group of people sporting a 13 percent approval rating. I'm talking about Congress, of course.

July 12, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Let our troops know we’re worth their effort

I will have more to say on the subject in a few weeks, but your response to my request for supplies for Marine Lt. Frank Wilson and his Light Armored Reconnaissance unit in Afghanistan has been nothing short of spectacular. I talked recently to Lt. Wilson's father, also named Frank, an attorney in Cobb County, to let him know what you have done. He is very grateful to you.

June 28, 2008 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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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