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Yarbrough: A reminder that each day is precious

Please indulge me a moment of introspection and feel free to think along with me. Chances are what I am going to say may apply to you as well.

August 31, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: School spat plays out at the highest level

If public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.

August 24, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Be careful what you pray for

You may have read that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether or not prayer can be uttered in town councils across America. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that such a nefarious deed violated the First Amendment's ban on an "establishment of religion."

August 17, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Teachers are ‘grasshoppers in an elephant fight’

Dear public school teachers:

August 10, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Skeeter misses out on overseas junket

I read recently in the Atlanta newspaper that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.

August 03, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Marking 15 years of an accidental career

This month, I begin my 16th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist in Georgia. Time flies when you are having fun and I am having a ball. I hope you are, too.

July 27, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Random thoughts pondering Monroe County, metaphors

After much posturing, the General Assembly passed a sleeves-out-of-their-vest piece of legislation on lobbying reform in the last session and wants us to believe they have answered our concerns.

July 20, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Commandos get scoop on GPB gig

There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos. These folks are my private information-gathering experts. They can go anywhere and find out anything. They are the masters of disguise.

July 13, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A smart man who walked a fine line at UGA

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn't difficult to do.

July 06, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Sanders recalls leading Ga. through turbulent era

When Jimmy Carter ran for the state Senate in 1961 and was defeated, he claimed voter fraud. Carl Sanders, president pro tem of the state senate, supported Carter's claim and provided legal counsel from the Democratic Party. Carter prevailed.

June 29, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A tale of friends, strangers and a baseball

This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.

June 22, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: The right man for charter schools

I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's charter school referendum was rammed through by proponents.

June 15, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Answer Man’s wisdom on display

Well, boys and girls, I see by the old clock on the wall that it is June already. We know what that means. It is time for Answer Man to dig into the Question Box and see what is on your hearts and minds and assorted body parts.

June 08, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waiting for atheists to create a sunset or platypus

Dear God:

June 01, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Proving public school students aren't blueberries

Dear public school teachers in Georgia: It looks as if you have survived another year of underwhelming support from state legislators, many of whom would kiss a tree toad if so instructed by the anti-public education crowd. I know it is frustrating but as my daddy used to say, consider the source.

May 25, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Yarbrough: Taxpayers on the hook for mishandled ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Waxing poetic despite laureate snub

"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

July 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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