08/16/2018

August 6, 2018: An Open Letter to Georgia’s Public Schoolteachers

Dear Georgia Public Schoolteachers: Good grief, here we are slap-dab in the middle of the dog days of summer and you are already back in the classroom.  I remember as a child that my family didn’t even take vacation until August because school didn’t start until after Labor Day.  When we started really didn’t seem […]

July 30, 2018: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Should Have Talked Less and Winked More

Dear Casey: Well, so much for that coronation.  Jeepers Creepers.  Give me $10.5 million in campaign contributions and the endorsement of one of our most popular governors in recent times and I could have gotten Cameron Charles Yarbrough elected Pope.  Instead, with all that money, Gov. Nathan Deal’s endorsement, very high name recognition, two decades […]

July 23, 2019: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

Spoiler alert:  A non-negotiable and finite deadline doesn’t allow me the opportunity to discuss the primary runoff results this week.  That’s okay.  We can talk about it next week.  Besides, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, is busy spraying Arvel Ridley’s barn for […]

July 16, 2018: July Runoff Elections Not the End But Just the Beginning

Don’t look now but it is almost time to go back to the polls in Georgia.  Either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be selected by Republican voters in the runoff on Tuesday, July 24, to be their gubernatorial candidate in the November general election.  Cagle, as you know, has […]

July 9, 2018: Who Says Our Politicians Can’t Lower Our Expectations?

Just when you think expectations can go no lower in politics, our gubernatorial candidates continue to prove us wrong.  Here we sit, about to put our collective future into the hands of a new chief executive of the eighth largest state in the nation and what do we have from which to select?  A guy […]

July 2, 2018: Farewell To Kacy: A Doggone Good Dog

It is with heavy heart that I inform you that Kacy, the family grand dog, has left us.  She died peacefully in the arms of her loving family at her home in Cartersville, Georgia.  When notified of her passing, her good friend, Hayden Rose Yarbrough, delivered an impromptu eulogy: “I’ll bet God is scratching her […]

June 25, 2018: North or South of the Macon-Dixon Line, Georgia is the Perfect Place to Be

Maybe your work is sun to sun, but my work is never done.  If I am not giving the folks at the International Monetary Fund some tips on global financial policy or continuing my groundbreaking research on why broccoli will turn your ears green unless you eat copious amounts of banana pudding, I am now […]

June 18, 2018: Casey Cagle Forgets the Cardinal Rule of Politics

There is the story about the preacher who was hard at work saving souls at a tent revival.  One person said he had coveted his neighbor’s wife and was remorseful.  “Hallelujah, my child, you are forgiven!” the preacher cried.  Another confessed he had once stolen a loaf of bread from the local grocer.  “Hallelujah,” said […]

June 11, 2018: Can You Believe There Are States Willing To Pay You To Move There?

My daddy used to say we were wasting money in Georgia painting a center line down our highways.  Nobody ever went North.  They all came down here to live so they could make fun of how we talk. Well, thanks to the State of Vermont, that may be changing. Vermont, which is located somewhere up […]

June 4, 2018: Claude and Whitetail Friends Not Taking the Bait on Hunting Proposal

To those of you new to these pages, you likely are not familiar with Claude the Whitetail Deer and his colleagues on Jekyll Island.  Several years ago, I received a call from a much-distressed Claude after members of the Jekyll Island Authority had decided there were too many of them on the island (whitetails, not […]

May 28, 2018: Round One of Primaries Over. On to Round Two

As the legendary Hall of Fame catcher and all-around philosopher Yogi Berra once observed: “It ain’t over til its over.”  He could have been talking about the 2018 Georgia primaries.  A lot of would-be candidates got sent to the sidelines by voters on May 22, but now We the Unwashed are looking at runoffs on […]

May 21, 2018: Who Says We Can’t Have Sausage With Our Pancakes

Here we go again.  The pointy-heads at WHO, the World Health Organization, apparently have decided that trying to shame us into not eating bacon and sausage and ham isn’t good enough.  Now, they are going after (shudder) trans fats.  Good luck with that. You may recall that back in 2015, the World Health Organization, which […]

May 14, 2018: If You Don’t Vote, Don’t Complain About the Outcome

Okay, raise your hand and repeat after me: “I (state your name) do solemnly swear that if I do not vote in the primaries next Tuesday, May 22, I will not criticize those who win. I further pledge that I will not talk about “crooked politicians” and how my vote doesn’t matter.  I will accept […]

May 7, 2018: Where Would We Be Without Our Mothers?

Whether we are liberal or conservative; black or white; rich or poor; speak English or habla Espanol; live in God’s Country (aka Georgia) or are from up north where all the buildings are rusted and it snows ten months a year, we share one thing in common.  We all have or have had a mother.  […]

April 30, 2018: This Academic Supporter is Stoked Over UGA’s Football Fortunes

I feel like a hypocrite.  Well, sort of. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the academic mission at my alma mater, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South. I evince that support with an annual gift to UGA’s Grady College of Journalism […]

April 23, 2018: Maybe Trapping Alligators Isn’t That Bad After All

I will admit that this job doesn’t rise to the level of trapping alligators in a swamp, but it is hard enough. In the first place, I am dealing with editors across the state who wonder if I skipped school when the subject of punctuation was covered in my high school English class.  I tell […]

April 16, 2018: Random Thoughts on Preachers, Politicians and Sweet Vidalia Onions Among Other Things

Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Dr. G. Gil Watson, aka, the World’s Greatest Preacher, up and retired after two decades of trying to save my sorry soul.  Not only was he my preacher, he was and is my friend.  He did his best to resuscitate me.   He just didn’t […]

April 9, 2018: Skeeter Skates Doesn’t Like Facepaint or Twerps

I could tell by the way the telephone rang that Skeeter Skates was calling.  The phone sort of jumps and jangles when he calls.  He can be a pretty intimidating guy, even to a telephone. Skeeter is the owner of Skeeter Skates Plow Repair and Stump Removal in Ryo, Georgia.  I don’t know many folks […]

April 2, 2018: A Late but Heartfelt Remembrance of Zell Miller

An unalterable deadline does not allow me to comment on certain events as quickly as I would like.  Also, it is my policy to avoid writing about what everyone else happens to be writing about at the moment.  Otherwise, I become just another voice crying in the wilderness, indistinguishable from all the others. Having said […]

March 26, 2018: To Hadley Ann And Harper Grace: Welcome To The World

Dear Hadley Ann Yarbrough and Harper Grace Yarbrough: Welcome to the world!  We were not expecting you so soon.  I was told your arrival was set for late May or early June but, of course, I am always the last to know anything in this family as you will soon find out.  Obviously, no one […]

March 19, 2018: Sen. David Shafer Needs To Quickly Resolve Charges Against Him

Let me say upfront that Sen. David Shafer, R-Gwinnett County, who is running for lieutenant governor, and I haven’t been the closest of buddies. I didn’t like the way he and his cohort, Sen. William Ligon, R-Glynn County, gutted an otherwise much-needed adoption bill last year with some end-of-the-session shenanigans, holding the bill hostage in […]

March 12, 2018: Delta Execs Can’t Seem to Navigate Turbulence of External Environment

For a number of years, I supervised a staff in Washington – first with BellSouth Corporation and then with Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games – and following that had an office in New York as member of the board of a large public relations firm. That meant almost weekly trips on Delta Air Lines, […]

March 5, 2018: Three Young People Show the Positive Side Of Criminal Justice Reform

I try to live my life guided by two simple rules:  One, never eat soup with a fork and, two, try not to disagree with the county sheriff.  The first one will stain your tie something awful.  The latter will likely get you in a heap of trouble if you roll through their county acting […]

February 26, 2018: It’s No Sin to Say That We Have It All In Georgia

I am told there are some of you out there under the impression that my columns are actually written by an orangutan.  Not true.  There are some things even an orangutan won’t do.  Actually, I spend hours each week analyzing voluminous files of information, trying to glean a few nuggets of heretofore unknown facts and […]

February 18, 2018: UGA Salute To Billy Payne Brings Back Fond Memories

There are few people I admire more than William Porter Payne.  In a fit of pique during my days at the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, I told an associate that I was ready to whip somebody’s butt the next time anybody criticized Payne, the organization’s founder and CEO. My associate found that commendable […]

February 11, 2018: Here’s to A Valentine Story That Has No End

This is a Valentine story.  Once, many moons ago – and we are talking a bunch of moons – I was editor of our high school’s newspaper.  One of the paper’s responsibilities, beyond publishing an occasional issue, was the annual Sweetheart Ball held each February around Valentine’s Day.  What staging a dance had to do […]

February 5, 2018: Once Again, The State of The Column Can’t Be Overstated

My Fellow Georgians: I come before you today to submit my annual State of the Column address! (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)  I can state to you unequivocally that the state of this state cannot be overstated!  (Yay! Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)  Let me say at the outset that I know that the New York Times […]

January 29, 2018: Foster Children Once Again Pawns in Game Of Political Posturing

I have a great interest in and a little walking-around knowledge of the political process because I have spent a good part of my adult life dealing with the subject. I also produce this weekly screed that runs from one end of the state (LaFayette) to the other (Folkston) and a lot of places in […]

January 22, 2018: Random Thoughts on Random Subjects from Gospel Music to Rhodes Scholars

It doesn’t completely fill my bucket, but it is a darned good plank.  Sometime ago, I opined about wanting to meet Bill and Gloria Gaither, who are to Southern gospel music what Rembrandt is to oil painting – the best.  That would just about complete my bucket list which includes shooting the breeze with (pre-Twitter) […]

January 15, 2018: If Rocky Balboa Can Come Back, Why Not Dawgs?

I had a great idea for a movie recently. It was about a football team that came out of nowhere and through hard work and perseverance ended up playing for the national championship. The first scene starts with four outstanding players who spurned an opportunity to turn professional, deciding to return to college for their […]

January 8, 2018: Advice to a Great-Grandson: Work Hard, Dare to be Great

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: It is that time of year again when I attempt to pass along a little of what I have experienced over my long life in hopes there will a nugget or two that you may find helpful as you make your own journey through life If memory serves me correctly, I […]

January 1, 2018: Junior E. Lee Talks About What To Expect In 2018

Gadzooks!  Is it 2018 already?  I’m not even over the Y2K scare yet. You remember Y2K.  Our computers were going to melt on the first day of January 2000 and we were going to be left in the dark with no telephones and no electricity and riots in the street?  As you will recall, that […]

December 18, 2017: I Wish I Had Been There. In Bethlehem.

These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby, Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal.  He encouraged me to run this column each Christmas season.  It is also dedicated to those who believe. I wish I had been there.  In Bethlehem. I wish I had witnessed the birth of […]

December 4, 2017: You’d Better Watch Out. Santa Claus Has Joined The Information Age

RING! RING! RING! “Hello, you have reached the offices of Santa Claus at the North Pole.” “Hi, my name is Dick Yarbrough and I would like. . . .” “Thank you for calling.  In order to better serve you, please listen to the following options.  If you wish to place an order, please press ‘one.’ […]

November 27, 2017: You Can’t Even Trust A Catfish These Days

You would figure that as a pure-bred and proud son of the South, I would know all there is to know about catfish.  I have caught them, been poked in the thumb by their barbs and have eaten copious amounts of them, usually with hushpuppies (Note to newly-arrived Yankees:  We aren’t talking footwear here.  We […]

November 20, 2017: Some Reflections On This Season Of Thanksgiving

It is tempting at this time of the year to compose a “I am thankful for….” column.  But I can’t.  Not because I don’t have so very much for which to be thankful – I do – but because no one could ever top the efforts of the late Furman Bisher, sports editor of the […]

November 12, 2017: Democratic National Committee: No Cisgenders Need Apply

I appreciate that so many of you still inquire about the state of my health after my scary bout with sepsis which I won – barely.  Doctors say today that I am coming along nicely.  Slowly, but nicely. My vital signs remain vital and my hemoglobin remains hemoglobical.  But, there is a cloud.  While I […]

November 6, 2017: There Is No Question That Is Time for Answer Man

Hey, what time is it, boys and girls?  It is time for Answer Man!  The show that gives you the straight skinny to whatever has you bewitched, bothered and bewildered.  Answer Man is so confident in his responses that he offers a money-back guarantee.  If you are dissatisfied in any way with Answer Man’s replies, […]

October 30, 2017: Maybe The Problem Isn’t The Public Schools. Maybe It Is Our Society

I am trying to remember when our public school system became an inferior way to learn to read, write and cipher.  Maybe public schools have always been low-grade but I must have missed the cue because I got a pretty good education. I guess the blame belongs to my momma and daddy.  They generally considered […]

October 23, 2017: Some Dutch-Uncle Advice For a President Who Needs It

Dear President Trump: Pardon this journalistic equivalent of spitting in the wind but I thought it was important that you hear from one of the “deplorables” who resides on neither the left wing or the right wing.  Believe it or not, there are a lot of us in the middle. Before I go any further, […]

October 16, 2017: Random Thoughts On Random Subjects From Ingrates To God To Heroes

That bunch of ungrateful millionaires who have all the relevance of tree fungus and continue to hold their pity party to disrespect our National Anthem now have a PR problem.  The ingrates have underestimated our ability to affirm their irrelevance by tuning them out.  A recent Washington-based Winston poll affirms that the protests have transformed […]

October 2, 2017: The Real News Is That This Is National Newspaper Week

This may come under the heading of home cooking but this is National Newspaper Week, something we should both be celebrating.  Me, because I get a chance every week to tell you what’s on my mind and you, because you can tell me whether or not you agree.  It is the newspaper that makes it […]

September 25, 2017: Never Too Early to Think About How You Want to Be Remembered

Do me a favor, will you?  I would greatly appreciate it if you would see that my obituary gets printed as is, just in case I happen to kick the bucket or cash in my chips or buy the farm or any other euphemism that you deem appropriate for the occasion.  Let me say emphatically […]

September 18, 2017: Some Reflections On An Ill Wind Named Irma

It is hard to know what to write about when you have been through the likes of Irma.  Maybe it was “only” a tropical storm when it hit Georgia and not the powerful hurricane that ripped through Florida, but it was bad enough as many of you can attest.  I will return to my acerbic […]

September 11, 2017: Honoring the Memory of a Special Person in a Special Way

This week marks the ninth anniversary of the loss of our oldest grandson, Zack Wansley.  And, yes, it hurts as much today as on the day he collapsed and died while training for a marathon. Zack was special.  He was a true scholar-athlete.  He was president of just about every significant organization in his high […]

July 10, 2017: This Recruit Blows Off the Opportunity to Blow Up

KNOCK! KNOCK! “Sir, you wanted to see me?” “Hello, Kharbhom!  Glad you could spare a few minutes.  Come into the cave.  Don’t mind the goats.” “Thank you, sir.  I was told it was important.  I came over as quickly as I could.” “Kharbhom, I will get right to the point.  I have been watching you […]

July 3, 2017: Skeeter Skates Learns About Face Paint and Twerping

I don’t need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling.  The phone has a different kind of sound to it, like very impatient.  That’s to be expected.  Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Plow Repair and Stump Removal in Ryo, Georgia, is an impatient man.  I guess it goes with the business. Skeeter […]

June 26, 2017: Random Thoughts On Random Subjects Like Education, Politics And Law Enforcement

Oh, barf.  The Georgia Center for Opportunity –whatever that is – has come out with a report card giving A’s and A-pluses to cut-and-run legislators who want to promote private school scholarships with public money rather than deal with the societal problems our schools face.  What makes their report card about as credible as a […]

June 19, 2017: Recent High-Profile Events Are Proof You Can’t Fix Stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffith to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States? And why did Reality Leigh Winner, who carried a top-secret security clearance go off the deep end and leak top-secret materials, state that she wanted to burn down the White […]

June 5, 2017: Cut-And-Run Ideologues Make Job Even More Difficult For Schoolteachers

Dear Georgia’s Public Schoolteachers: Congratulations.  You have made it through another school year.  Unfortunately, you won’t have much time to reflect on the year just passed since you will have to be back in the classroom in late July and ready to go again.  Time flies when you are having fun. I am afraid that […]

May 29, 2017: A Loving Farewell To The World’s Greatest Preacher

In my book, the word “unique” is an absolute.  There is no “kind of” unique or “somewhat” unique.  Unique is unique.  Unmatched.   Unequalled.  Nonpareil.  One of a kind.  Dr. G. Gilman Watson is unique.  There is absolutely nobody like him. Dr. Gil, aka, The World’s Greatest Preacher, is retiring this week after 49 years as […]

May 22, 2017: Remembering a Day That Was As Good As It Gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly.  Take last week, for example.  I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement, sponsored by the Gainesville Kiwanis Club and saluting members of the law enforcement community in the city and in Hall County.  This event had a […]

May 15, 2017: The Truth Is That There Is No Fake News Here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days.  I think he is talking about the national television networks and the navel-gazers at the New York Times and the Washington Post. I don’t think he is talking about me but who can be sure what is going on inside […]

May 8, 2017: Hogs Not Happy at Being Compared With Politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments as well as pest control. I got the idea when I noticed that none of the skirt-chasers at Fox or the supercilious liberals on MSNBC ever talked about the maize weevil […]

May 1, 2017: Having a Chance to Repay a Debt Owed to My Alma Mater

There are few people, places or things for which I have more passion than the University of Georgia and the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications there. This love affair goes back decades to when I was an incoming junior at UGA.  I walked into Grady on the first day so nervous […]

April 24, 2017: Legislature Turns Adoption Efforts Into Political Sausage

There is a saying that the two things you don’t want to see made are law and sausage.  Sometimes, they are hard to tell apart.  State Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Cobb County, can speak first-hand about how the political process can stink worse than ground-up hog parts. Georgia’s adoption laws are antiquated and in serious need […]

April 17, 2017: Georgia’s First Ladies Make Their Own Mark in State

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week.  The “Luv Guv” as he was known in the local media was facing impeachment proceedings for campaign finance violations and allegations of some boy-girl hanky-panky with one of his top aides.  Bentley is the third Alabama governor to resign since […]

April 10, 2017: This Week A Time to Remember What Easter Is All About

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space. I wish I had been there.  In Jerusalem.  With Jesus. I wish I could have witnessed the events of a week that changed the world forever.  I wish I could have accompanied Jesus into the city as he rode astride a donkey and watched the crowds […]

April 3, 2017: Broccoli Up The Nose Ends Any Thoughts Of A Political Career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for public office.  I felt compelled to share my decision with you after I was deluged with mail this past week urging me to offer myself for public service.  (Note from […]

March 20, 2017: Being a Modest and Much-Beloved Columnist Can Get Testy at Times

I regret I won’t have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump’s shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911.)  Please be patient.  I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.  Instead, I […]

March 13, 2017: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.  For example, I wrote recently about good customer service going the way of the dodo bird after I was stiffed in a sporting goods store by a couple of clerks who were obviously too […]

March 6, 2017: Low-Performing Schools Initiative Takes a Major Step Forward

Don’t look now but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.  Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 338 by a vote of 138-37.  That is a margin of roughly 73 percent.  (You might want to double-check my figures.  I am, after all, […]

February 27, 2017: Good Customer Service May Be Going the Way of The Dodo Bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.   In a long ago and faraway time, I had responsibility for my company’s advertising.  I used to tell my colleagues that if we got a potential customer to the business with some cute ad and then gave […]

February 29, 2017: A Salute to An Olympic Champion and His Pursuit of Excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender, Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4 x 100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Viet Nam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; […]

February 13, 2017: Secretary of Agriculture-Designate Perdue Know a Bit About Draining Swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of parts Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a severe shortage of broccoli. I cannot say I was grieved to hear the news.  I don’t like broccoli and have spent much of my adult life trying to fend […]

February 8, 2017: Patriots’ Super Bowl Win Highlights Differences in Boston and Atlanta Professional Sports

I don’t mean to go getting all theological on you but one has to wonder if God likes Boston just a tad better than he likes Atlanta, at least when it comes to professional sports.  Here the Atlanta Falcons are up 8 points on the New England, nee, Boston Patriots with 3:30 left in Super […]

February 6, 2017: Some Advice For Two Young People Beginning Their Journey Together

Please allow me a bit of a preamble:  Nicholas Sanford Wansley is grandson Number Three chronologically and – pardon a grandfather’s pride – a high achiever.  After graduation from the University of Georgia, he entered the teaching profession like his dad.  Also like his dad, he is a high school science teacher – he teaches […]

January 30, 2017: Dissidents Hammer Out Future Protest Plans

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom!  Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom! “What is that?” “What does it look like?  It’s a bus.” “I know that but where is it going?” “If you must know, it is going nowhere.” “But why is it going nowhere?” “Because there are a lot of people in righteous indignation over the election […]

January 24, 2017: Look For a Different Approach to Fixing Failing Schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning.  The defeat of Amendment 1 last fall by Georgia voters was a learning lesson for its proponents, including Gov. Nathan Deal, who invested a lot of political capital into its passage. Chris Riley is Gov. Deal’s chief of staff and a main architect of the proposed constitutional amendment that would […]

January 16, 2017: Some Observations on the National Scene and Then It’s Back to Broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.    If I don’t provide some meaningful commentary on national events from time-to-time, I am afraid the editors […]

January 9, 2017: Hide The Silverware! The Legislature Is Coming!

To Arms! To Arms!  The Legislature is coming, the Legislature is coming! I thought Paul Revere would have shared the news with you but he seems to think it is more important that you know about the British, who can’t be anywhere near as prone to mischief as our intrepid public servants.  Just to be […]

January 2, 2017: To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Work Hard And Dream Big

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Welcome to a new year.  Admittedly, I am biased, but what I have seen of you in your eight years on earth gives me great confidence that you have a bright future ahead of you.  I have been thinking about what I could say to you that might be of benefit […]

December 26, 2016: Resolutely Determined To Manage 2017 Expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year’s Resolutions.  Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a bit to be desired.  Still, that should not keep us from trying.  I mean, what else is there to do while lying prone on the couch, with a snoot full of […]

December 19, 2016: I Wish I Had Been There. In Bethlehem

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year.  It is dedicated to all who believe. I wish I had been there.  In Bethlehem. I wish I had witnessed the birth of the baby Jesus in a lowly manger. Was it really as cold that night as it […]

December 12, 2016: Hoping Santa Claus Has Something Special for Schoolteachers This Christmas

Dear Santa Claus: I am going to forego my usual letter requesting snarky gifts for the humor-impaired.  I expect there will be other opportunities in the future to gig them.  One thing about the humor-impaired, they are like houseflies.  They never go away.    Instead, I am going to ask you for something that may […]

December 5, 2016: Losing One’s Home to a Fire Is a Painful Experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state.  A community leader and a successful business man — he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville – Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s oldest and closest friends and advisors.  He served as chairman of Deal’s first gubernatorial campaign […]

November 28, 2016: Random Thoughts on Random Subjects

God Bless America and God Bless Mt. Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came running on the field carrying an American flag. A school official told the Marietta Daily Journal, “The football team decided to all carry flags on the field because of all […]

November 21, 2016: With Elections Over, Can Penguin Awareness Day Be Far Behind?

I promised last week that I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia.  Not only is Junior one of the most highly-respected political analysts in the […]

November 14, 2016: Junior E. Lee Suggests Amendment One Strategists Should Be Sheep-Dipped

Dear Gov. Deal:  I suspect you, like most Americans, are anxiously awaiting an analysis of last week’s political races from Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia.  As you know, Junior is a highly-sought after political analyst as well as a certified pest […]

October 31, 2016: Skeeter Skates Puts The Real World In Perspective

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week – besides not having a clue where to put commas – is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a […]

October 24, 2016: Passage of Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District Amendment No Sure Thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants – no matter who occupies the seat – the governor usually gets.  That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.  […]

October 17, 2016: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Lays Out His Vision for Public Education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students that attend our state’s colleges and […]

October 10, 2016: Bank’s Ethical Lapses Could Be Costly for All Business

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew. My father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn’t. […]

October 3, 2016: Sizing Up What Makes Georgia the Place to Be

Today’s topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid’s game and who are being goaded by special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so. Neither will I be discussing the cranky mail I got from liberals swearing they are really and […]

September 26, 2016: Is This Bed-Wetting Liberal Really a Rightwing Redneck?

Oh, great.  I have just been outed.  It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck.  You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain. A while back, I suggested that if Cong. John Lewis, of Atlanta, and some of his buddies with too much time on their hands […]

September 19, 2016: Current Drought May Require Another Divine Solution

Uh. Oh.  Here we go again.  I have been told that that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state.  Somebody needs to alert Dr. Gil Watson, the World’s Greatest Preacher.  There is no question he can soon have some serious raindrops falling on our heads. You may remember that the last time […]

September 12, 2016: The Freedom to Disrespect Works Both Ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks?  Really. So, why am I writing about him?  Because people have asked me to weigh in and I will do it this one time. Here is a guy who refuses to honor the National Anthem until the American flag “represents what it is supposed […]

September 4, 2016: A Salute to a Group of Unsung Heroes in Georgia

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers’ Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated law enforcement officers being honored by the POAG for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations. Marietta Police Officers Jayson Duncan and Enrique Mallen were […]

August 28, 2016: Junior E. Lee Says This is One Presidential Candidate That Rocks

One of my loyal readers and a person of some political gravitas in his community says he has had a gullet full of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He thinks having to choose between a trash-talking billionaire who can’t even unite his own party or a woman who only lies when her lips are moving […]

August 21, 2016: Random Thoughts on Random Subjects like Sea Turtles, The Olympics and Vince Dooley

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things. During a recent hearing in Atlanta regarding an appeal by environmental groups of a permit allowing the Sea Island Company to construct a 350-foot long rock barrier, known as a groin that would jut out from the island’s shoreline and would create a new beach at the […]

August 16, 2016: Georgia’s ‘Paintingest’ First Lady in a Class of Her Own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class than the late Gov. Carl Sanders. He was and remains my political hero. As has been stated many times by me and others who grew up during the period, it […]

August 8, 2016: A Reminder to Teachers That the Rewards Outweigh the Frustrations

Dear Public School Teachers: Although I think I am supposed to know stuff like this, I can’t understand why the school year now begins in late July or early August. I hope you do. All I know is I never started school before Labor Day and was out by Memorial Day. Somehow in that period […]

August 1, 2016: Putin Swears It Wasn’t His Special Hand-Picked Covert Operatives That Hacked DNC

Ring! Ring! Ring! “Hello, Vladimir Putin speaking. How may I help you?” “Vladimir, this is Barack Obama.” “Barry! How the heck are you? I haven’t heard from you in ages. How’s the golf game? Still shanking those sand wedges?” “My golf game is just fine, thank you, but that is not the reason I called. […]

July 25, 2016: What Good is a Bucket List Without the Gaithers On It?

I don’t have a bucket list but if I did I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not much I have wanted to do that I haven’t done from shooting the breeze with the president in the Oval Office to seeing the sun rise in the Scottish Highlands to […]

July 18, 2016: There Is No Question That Answer Man Has The Answers

  Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It’s time for Answer Man!  The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you how little is on ours.  Please note that all answers remain the exclusive property of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, and may […]

July 11, 2016: Dallas Tragedy Shows it is Time to Lower the Rhetoric and Start the Healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane?  It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud, now we have a sniper in Dallas killing five police officers and wounded seven others because, according to Dallas police chief David Brown, he reportedly wanted to kill white people in […]

July 4, 2016: Add State Parks and Historic Sites to Georgia’s Brag Book

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along but not so much so that we can’t still squeeze it in the State of Georgia’s brag book, along with Vidalia onions, St. Simons sunsets, rainbow trout and Ray Charles Robinson.  I am talking about our state parks. This year marks Georgia State Parks […]

June 27, 2016: Two State Senators Who Give Politics a Good Name

This is a bit weird.  I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones. The subject came up recently about my precocious great grandson Cameron Charles Yarbrough, who is seven, going on thirty-seven.  Cameron never meets a stranger, acts more adult than many adults […]

June 20, 2016: This Sebastian is the Real Deal and That’s No Joke

I don’t know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers– none of whom could carry their book bag.   They sure don’t do it for the financial […]

June 13, 2016: Junior E. Lee Talks About What Bugs Him This Election Year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Garfield, Georgia. Junior E. Lee not only oversees our company’s […]