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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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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


Big Bird gets flustered, too

RING! RING!

April 30, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Boston terrorist attack brings back memories of Atlanta bombing

When the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston during the running of the Boston Marathon, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta.

April 23, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Random thoughts on random topics

It turns out that you can go home again. I recently established a chair in crisis communications leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at my beloved University of Georgia. UGA President-elect Dr. Jere Morehead, along with Dink NeSmith, chairman of the Board of Regents came for the ceremony and both made my family and me feel warmly welcomed on campus.

April 16, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Yarbrough: UGA's best-kept secret

They are the best University of Georgia athletic team you have likely never heard of.

April 09, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


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