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Potato Bowl already looking like the highmark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

January 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Friendships are truly the gift that KEEPS ON GIVING

Maybe it's the fact that 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. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Commission director says progress being made in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


If Bora-Bora doesn't care about the game, why should we?

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 | Columnists


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We need more guns, fewer judges

Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) wants to eliminate a bunch of Superior Court judges in Georgia. Seabaugh says getting rid of 19 judges would save the state $13 million to $14 million. This means we Georgians would then have money available for really important stuff like building Gov. Sonny Perdue's $9 million horse barn in Houston County and enough cash left over for a palomino or two. When state government works well, it is an awesome sight to behold.

March 17, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Perdue playing with budget proposals

In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, the Georgia General Assembly has to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy them their job.

To make their challenge even harder, up pops Gov. Sonny Perdue with some budget add-ons. This time we aren't talking about concrete fishponds. While teachers are being furloughed, state employees laid off and budgets slashed to the bone, news reports say our chief executive desires to spend $9 million to finish a horse show complex at the fairgrounds in Houston County. He also has $67 million proposed for ...

March 10, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Skeeter puts it in perspective

Whenever this world starts looking too complicated, I call my friend Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. Skeeter has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective.

February 03, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Move over — here comes Sonny

I read where Gov. Sonny Perdue held a pep rally at the Capitol for state agency heads, state employees and assorted bass fishermen to fire up the troops as he prepares for the last year of what has been a scintillating two terms as our leader.

January 13, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Sticking a fork in 2009

You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as he and I would have liked.

December 30, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


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

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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


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