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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


One letter not enough to polish liberal credential

Rap! Rap! Rap!

August 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Gosh dang - what is wrong with a Southern accent?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent." Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

August 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: A fresh reminder of why teaching is a noble profession

Dear Georgia Public School Teachers:

August 05, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: Trying to determine who is the real outsider in U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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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


Lobbyists, Yellow Jackets and more from the peanut gallery

After much posturing, the General Assembly passed a sleeves-out-of-their-vests piece of legislation on lobbying reform in the last session and wants us to believe it has answered our concerns. Not so.

July 16, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


You’re tuned to Rogers on the Radio

There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos.

July 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: UGA dean walked a fine line in fine form

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waistline, this isn't difficult to do.

July 02, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Sanders was governor at the right time

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 25, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Three strangers become three heroes

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.

June 18, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION


Charter school oversight in good hands

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 11, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Answer Man shares his wisdom

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 04, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Let's see atheists create a waterfall

Dear God:

May 28, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: They’re schools, not businesses, as teachers know well

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 21, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Dalton mayor mulls run against Deal

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary. Say what?

May 14, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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