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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


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


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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


Yarbrough: One terrorist we should thank for his service

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago, but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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