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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


Thinning out the alternatives for Jekyll Islander

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Trying to find the positives in this world can be a negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 16, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dalton State College a major player in area’s economic rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could?" That could very well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

September 10, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Pumpkins growing weary

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday. The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 02, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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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


Zell Miller a hard dog to keep under the porch

This is my first column since my rotator cuff surgery and it hasn't been easy getting the words to come out the way I intended them to. My left hand is slower than a Georgia Income Tax return and my right hand is totally unsympathetic and flies across the keyboard like a bunny rabbit. What results are some newly-minted words that would feel at home in your basic Kazakhstani dictionary. My computer's spell-check has quit, saying life is too short to be looking up words like "jgoflnib" and "dopwrogz."

The surgery was more intensive than first thought. My ...

July 22, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Kids are smarter than critics

OK, you Neal Boortz Kool-Aid drinkers (including those who wrote to defend your boy and couldn't even spell his name correctly), I have a few questions for you:

July 15, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts


Perception is reality

There is a saying in politics that "perception is reality" and my perception of Gov. Sonny Perdue is that he hasn't exactly shot the lights out in his two terms as Georgia's chief executive. There are the publicity stunts too numerous - and too embarrassing - to recount, touting his "Go Fish, Georgia" program in the middle of one of the worst economic periods in decades and some eyebrow-raising land deals which the governor still might be trying to explain if our state's media had an aggressive bone in its investigative body.

Does this sound to you like someone ...

July 08, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Remember the first amendment

Looking around for something appropriate to say as our nation celebrates its 223rd birthday, I happened to run across an old clipping in my files from Eugene Methvin, one of the finest journalists ever from the state of Georgia.

Methvin is a local boy made good. His distinguished family were the longtime publishers of the Vienna News in Dooly County. Gene graduated cum laude from my beloved Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia and lettered in football, proving that not all journalists are milquetoasts. After graduation he spent three years in the U.S. Air Force as ...

July 01, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


A Libertarian to admire

Hard to believe, but some people actually get their knickers in a wad over observations that emanate from this space. After a careful analysis of critical comments (insert joke here), I have decided that the vast number of complainants suffer from a serious case of humor deficiency. This is not unlike being deficient in your intake of omega-3 whatevers, except that eating fish doesn't improve the situation. It just makes your breath smell bad.

My list of the humor-deficient respondents is impressive in its diversity. It includes flaggers who act as if it is still 1861, loud-talking Yankees expatriates ...

June 17, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


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