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Yarbrough: We the Unwashed say ‘no’ to Syrian war

Dear Syrian rebels: I thought I'd take a minute to correspond with you as you resume your efforts to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. You are no doubt disappointed that the United States government chose not to come to your aid as promised. There is a good reason and that is my purpose in writing you. Although I am not an official of the United States government, I am part of a group known as We the Unwashed. Put the blame squarely on us.

September 21, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Politics risks broccoli up my nose

It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office. There are also an equal number of adoring fans that say I should stick my head in a bucket of tar. But that is a topic for another day.

September 14, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Yarbrough: A rare find — a legislator with a sense of humor

Rats! As if creating this profound and pithy prose each week wasn't hard enough, now I have discovered a legislator with a sense of humor. The apocalypse is upon us.

September 07, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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


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Yarbrough: The lasting gift of friendship

Maybe it's the fact I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships.

December 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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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