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Yarbrough: A salute to one trying to make this a better world

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

November 01, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Gov. Deal pledges 'everything on the table' public education reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Random thoughts on some random subjects

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.

October 11, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dooley's players need to ensure legacy

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

September 30, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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Paying homage to 3 wise men

This is the story of three wise men. They do not come bearing gifts of gold and myrrh and frankincense. Their gifts are service, intelligence and integrity. They don't have exotic names like Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa. Theirs are ordinary names: John, Raymond and Roy. But there is nothing ordinary about them.

All three are World War II veterans, a part of the Greatest Generation. One lives in northeast Georgia, one in deep south Georgia and the third resides on the coast. Two are business entrepreneurs; the other a retired college president. One is 90. The other two soon ...

December 02, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


A new Thanksgiving tradition

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson Cameron Yarbrough and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow and two days later I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Restoring certified teacher funding

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat that plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 18, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Still a fitting tribute to veterans

My friend Sam Griffin, the retired publisher of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, recently shared a letter written to him in 1942 by his father, Capt. Marvin Griffin, later to be governor of Georgia, as he and his men, members of the Georgia National Guard's 101st Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Battalion, were preparing to embark for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

Gov. Griffin was a colorful character, always ready with a quotable quip, but on this day Capt. Griffin was clearly pensive as he and his men were about to taste the first fruits of battle. Even 67 years later, its ...

November 04, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


An ode to a wise son

I am not going to tell you how old he is because he might not want you to know. So, I will just tell you that on his birthday next week, the last number will have a "zero" behind it and he was born as Dwight Eisenhower was going out of office and John F. Kennedy was coming in. You can figure out the rest.

October 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Like another hole in the head

The Yarbrough Multinational Media and Pest Control Company is pleased to announce the results of the first survey by its new subsidiary, Round or Square Inc., one of the nation's leading opinion research firms located in a pool hall in Greater Garfield, Ga.

October 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Empty promises to teachers

My son-in-law, Dr. Ted Wansley, teaches at Whitewater High School in Fayette County and coaches the school's cross-country teams. He is also a National Board Certified teacher.

Ted got his doctorate at evening classes at Georgia State University while teaching high school during the day. He could have been satisfied with that achievement, but he aspires to be the best at everything he undertakes, so he devoted several more years to earning his National Board Certification. Ted was told certification would bring him an additional 10 percent bonus from the State of Georgia.

October 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


My identity crisis

I am having an identity crisis. Identity crises are much more serious than mid-life crises. For the latter, you can buy a toupee or a convertible or visit a tanning salon. If you have an identity crisis, you tend to talk to yourself and people assume you are nuts. I have learned to get around that by putting a walnut in my ear. That way I can fool passersby into thinking I am a hot-shot business mogul talking to my investment advisor on one of those new-fangled cell phones about buying North Dakota. I wish I could say that helps ...

October 07, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Drumming up appreciation

A young man asked recently if I would write a letter on his behalf, recommending him to the University of Georgia. That was an easy request.

October 02, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Carter's one to talk

I don't know how Jimmy Carter can look himself in the mirror. He has made hypocrisy an art form.

September 23, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Reflections on the loss of a young life

If you will allow me a moment of personal privilege, it has been one year since our grandson, Zack Wansley, collapsed and died while training for the Thanksgiving Day Marathon in Atlanta. He was 22.

September 09, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Politicians just don’t understand

I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.

To put the situation in a context I could understand, he invents a couple named Murray and Gladys. He says Murray and Gladys are middle-class people who pay their taxes, vote, obey the law and ascribe to no particular political philosophy. It doesn't matter if the current administration ...

August 19, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


The Sweet Tea Summit

I have just attended the Sweet Tea Summit. It was like President Obama's recent Beer Summit except we didn't have to endure Joe Biden and his motor mouth.

Gov. Sonny Perdue's communications chief Bert Brantley has enough problems on his plate that he didn't need to keep reading my smart-aleck calibrations about his boss's "Go Fish, Georgia" program. So, taking a page from the White House, he invited me to a summit at Carver's County Kitchen in West Atlanta. No beer. No police officer. No Harvard elitist. No nutty vice president. Just fried okra ...

August 12, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Marshall’s not convinced

 I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress. I know what is being proposed. What I wanted to know was if this hydra-headed monster has a chance of passage. I had been told he was one person in Washington who would not give me the party line on this controversial issue. He would tell it like it is. And he did.

August 05, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Careful calibration

If comments made in this space have in any way angered, dismayed or caused dry heaves to anyone who has read them, it may be that I should have calibrated my words differently. I'll guarantee Barack Obama knows what I'm talking about.

July 29, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


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