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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


Carl Sanders: A great man who did great things for Georgia

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 UGA'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 | Columnists


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


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Space cadets – going to Mars or Congress?

I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.

November 05, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


An idea that has a certain ‘crochet’

Ring! Ring! Ring!

October 29, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Pest control and what bugs us

I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co., located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.

October 22, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Peace Prize isn’t headed to Georgia

Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.

October 15, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dealings with DDS a two-way street

After a friend told me she had waited 3½ hours recently to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk that could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.

October 08, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Snellville senator mired in mud

Despite the rants of publicity-seeking bigots, the blather of Twitter twits and a national news media more interested in scooping the competition than in accurate reporting, the fact is that our American system of justice presumes one is innocent until proven guilty.

October 01, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Trick plays over free sports tickets

It looks like our legislators are about to lose one of their most cherished perks: free football tickets. Bless their hearts.

September 24, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sorry Syria, we stopped it

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 it promised.

September 17, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: No interest in running

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

September 10, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Pol has a sense of humor

Rats!

September 03, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Where there's a will, there's reflection

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 27, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Barge sounding like Deal challenger

As 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 20, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Careful what you pray for

You may have read that the United States 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 13, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Uphill battle for teachers

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 06, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


A tale of two Georgias

I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.

July 30, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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