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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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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


College grad is a lesson in tenacity

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.

May 07, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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