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May 29, 2022: Some Thoughts On A Day That Will Live In Infamy

What a day it was. Tuesday, May 24. A day that will live in infamy. While we were deciding the candidates that will face off in the November general election in Georgia, a crazed gunman walked into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and killed 19 children and 2 teachers before being killed himself. Nineteen […]

May 22, 2022: Honoring A Beloved Wife And Mother With A Gift That Will Keep On Giving

It is the gift that will keep on giving. And it could not be more rewarding. This past month, my family and I established the Jane J. Yarbrough Endowed Nursing Scholarship in the WellStar  School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University. The scholarship will be awarded to non-traditional students who have already earned a bachelor’s […]

May 15, 2022: Who Needs To Live Forever To Be Immortal?

This is not a piece I was dying to write. It’s about death. The great equalizer. The reason I bring up the subject today is that I read a piece recently that scientists are looking seriously at ways to keep us alive forever. No more wakes. No more inflated obituaries. No more people saying nice […]

April 17, 2022: David Perdue’s Shot At Georgia State Patrol Can’t Be Explained

Back in 1984 as Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale was preparing to lose bigtime to incumbent president Ronald Reagan, he said something he shouldn’t have said and then tried to clarify his remarks. I recall the late Peter Jennings of ABC discussing Mondale’s slip of the tongue with political pundit George Will. In Jennings’ opinion, […]

April 10, 2022: Two Great Minds Assess Impact of Bad Parenting On Schools

Great minds run in pairs. I read an interesting opinion piece in the Atlanta newspapers recently about parenting. The author, Beth Collums, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and experience as a child and family therapist. She is also a parent. Collums states something we all know but tend to forget: Children are impressionable. […]

April 3, 2022: Vidalia Onions Are A Sweet Deal For Georgia

Well, I am going to have to do it again. Upset some people, I mean. But I can’t help it. It has to be done. I must once again extols the virtues of the Great State of Georgia and why it is Number One while the other 49 fight for sloppy seconds. Last time I […]

March 27, 2022: Russians Share Their Thoughts On Ukraine Invasion

Linden Longino is a retired Atlanta banker who should have Nobel Peace Prize recipient next to his name. In 1995, Longino started a program in connection with the Carter Center called International Paint Pals, an idea simple, ingenious and oh-so needed – inspire children to promote peace, friendship and human rights by creating personal artwork. […]

March 20, 2022: Giving Readers An Opportunity To Weigh In On Some Weighty Issues

Between the pandemic and Putin, it has been a stressful couple of weeks. Thankfully, my readers have come to the rescue. I don’t want to get into a debate with my columnist colleagues but there is no question that my readers are smarter than anybody I’ve ever seen on Jeopardy and sharper than a chainsaw. […]

March 13, 2022: If Georgia Is Such A Bad Place To Live, Why Is Everybody Moving Here?

You may be interested to know that you reside in a dumper of a place called Georgia. That revelation comes courtesy of TOP Data, a market research company with offices all over the world including Atlanta, the capital city of what they consider to be the 35th worst state in the nation in which to […]

March 6, 2022: State Of This Column Can’t Be Overstated

My fellow Georgians: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)  I come before you today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address. It is with great pride that I tell you that the state of the state of this column is in such a state that it cannot be overstated! (Thunderous roar!) This past […]

February 27, 2022: Ukraine Invasion Raises Questions About Democracy

I am going to break two rules today. First, I am going to leave the friendly confines of Georgia and comment on world events. Second, I am going to talk about world events that may have changed drastically by the time you read this. That is because this column runs around the state in different […]

February 20, 2022: George E. Perdue is Back in Town and Ready To Roll

He’s b-a-a-c-k. I’m talking about George. George, as in former Gov. George E. Perdue. He is back from his stint in Washington as Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump Administration and it is a foregone conclusion that the Georgia Board of Regents will officially appoint him Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. The Regents […]

February 13, 2022: Marjorie Taylor Greene Exposes Chilling Tale Of The Gazpacho Police

As if things couldn’t get worse in Washington, it turns out that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is spying on members of Congress with police disguised as bowls of cold Spanish soup. That chilling news comes from none other than Georgia  Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. In an interview on One America News, Greene referred to […]

February 6, 2022: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

February is Black History Month. I wonder if there will be any recognition of the accomplishments of Condoleezza Rice, the first Black female secretary of state and the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor, or U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, of Pin Point, Georgia, or renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, former secretary […]

January 30, 2022: On and Off The Field, The University Of Georgia Is A Winner

As exciting and satisfying as it has been, there is more to the University of Georgia than a College Football National Championship. Way more. I was reminded of that fact when I read UGA president Jere Morehead’s annual State of the University address this week. Take nothing away from that extraordinary achievement on the gridiron […]

January 23, 2022: Former Congressman Says Trump Should Support Not Attack Other Republicans

I can think of no stronger and more reputable conservative voice than that of former U.S. Cong. Bob Barr, who represented Georgia’s 7th congressional district from 1995 to 2003.  Barr was one of the leaders of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and authored the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as the union […]

January 16, 2022: Georgia’s Pandemic Test Scores A No-Brainer

I received an email from a group called Cherry Digital in Portland, Oregon, or what remains of the town after being firebombed to near obliteration by denizens of the Looney Left. They tell me that Georgia adults (that includes you and me, although some readers would dispute my inclusion) are ranked 16th in the nation […]

January 9, 2022: Some Advice To A Great Grandson For The Coming Year

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: It is a new year and once again an opportunity for me to share some thoughts with you as you face a future that is going to be full of challenges. But, then, all futures are challenging because they are filled with unknowns. What counts is how you deal with those […]

December 25, 2021: A Tribute To A Good Friend And A Great Statesman

This is a column I wish I didn’t have to write. It is about my friend, Johnny Isakson. You have seen, read and heard a lot about Georgia’s senior senator who passed away on Dec. 19th after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76 years old. Tributes have poured in from […]

December 19, 2021: Annual Yarbrough Christmas Column “I Wish I Had Been There. In Bethlehem.”

This column has become a Christmas tradition.  I share with you once again this year.  It is dedicated to the memory of my beloved wife and 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 […]

December 12, 2021: St. Simon’s Preservation Important to All Georgians

When I go to my Great Reward (hoping it is not before I finish this column), if I don’t qualify for the Pearly Gates, I will take St. Simons Island as my backup choice. It is, after all, heaven on earth. And, thankfully, there are people trying to keep it that way. Emily Ellison, executive […]

December 5, 2021: Could Republican Internal Warfare Help Stacey Abrams Become Governor?

Donald Trump is on record as having stated that having Democrat Stacey Abrams as governor of the Peach State would be better than our current Gov. Brian Kemp. At a rally in Perry, Trump said, “Stacey, would you like to take his place? It’s OK with me.”  She almost did in 2018, losing to Kemp […]

November 28, 2021: Vernon Jones Touts His No State Income Tax Proposal

Vernon Jones called me the other day. To refresh your memory, Jones, a former Democrat and one-time chief executive officer of DeKalb County, is running for the Republican nomination for governor against incumbent Brian Kemp. After he got an enthusiastic reception at the state GOP convention in July at Jekyll Island from Trump Harrumphs who […]

November 21, 2021: For These Things I Am Thankful

I was not going to write a Thanksgiving column this week a couple of reasons. First, that is the predictable thing to do when you have to churn out a weekly column. I pride myself on being unpredictable. Second, my friend, the late Furman Bisher, long-time, legendary sports editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution set the […]

November 14, 2021: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

Maybe I am being a bit too Southern Sensitive here but I got the distinct feeling the national media disrespected the Atlanta Braves from the beginning of the playoffs through the World Series and beyond. Had they had their way, I think they would have preferred Los Angeles or San Francisco. Then some MSNBC weenie […]

November 7, 2021: God’s Involvement in Wife’s Portrait No Coincidence

This week, I am going to forego any discussion of politics and share a personal experience with you. It involves art, Ray Charles, the Righteous Brothers, a refrigerator magnet and me. I have just finished a portrait of my beloved wife, Jane, who passed away in December. It will hang in her heaven on earth […]

October 31, 2021: No Question State Quiz Can Sharpen Our Pandemic Brains

I get some interesting mail. And I am not just talking about the reaction to my recent opinion of Donald Trump’s opinion of the late Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell. Not surprisingly, the response has been heavy. Surprisingly, it has been strongly supportive and even more surprising, […]

October 24, 2021: Offering an Opinion on Donald Trump’s Opinion of Colin Powell

Classless. That is the only term I can use in a family newspaper to describe Donald Trump’s comments about the passing of Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who died from Covid-19 complications on Oct. 18. Said Trump, “Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big […]

October 17, 2021: Labor Commissioner’s Good Deed Hard to Swallow

It is said that no good deed goes unpunished. If you don’t believe that, ask Mark Butler, commissioner of the beleaguered Georgia Department of Labor. These have not been easy times for Georgia DOL. Like most everything and everybody these days, the department has been hammered by the pandemic, as have those it is pledged […]

October 10, 2021: Junior E. Lee Helps Put Reader Responses In Perspective

You are going to find this hard to believe but everybody doesn’t love me like you do. I seem to have managed to rile a few folks recently. Could it be something I said? I decided to talk to my colleague Junior E. Lee about the problem and see what thoughts or suggestions he might […]

October 3, 2021: Fractious Republicans Need To Heed Isakson’s Example

Class, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder – hard to define but we know it when we see it.  I thought about that as two events occurred in our state last week featuring prominent Republicans. In Atlanta, hundreds of friends and supporters gathered to honor a quiet man who epitomizes class, former […]

September 26, 2021: Philip Weltner Used His Pickaxe For Public Good

He was called “Mr. Anonymous, Jr.”  I thought about him the other day, after I read the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a statewide investigation into Georgia’s prisons, focusing on prisoner-on-prisoner violence and whether the state is violating inmates constitutional rights by failing to adequately protect them.  This past week, members of the Georgia […]

September 19, 2021: It’s No Secret Cognia Disregarding Open Records Law

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, there is one thing that should unite one and all – how government spends your tax dollars.  In Georgia, the best way to know that is through the state’s Open Records law.  In short form, government entities, agencies and individuals using our tax dollars […]

September 12, 2021: Looking for Some Good News in These Trying Times

It is hard to find much good news these days as we relive the horrific events of 9-11 that took the lives of 2,977 innocent souls in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  And then after some 2,500 American deaths, we have withdrawn our troops from that hellhole […]

August 28, 2021: Nervously Awaiting Another Football Season at UGA

If you don’t know by now, I love my alma mater, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation.  I am a proud graduate and a past president of the national alumni association. I have a haughty-looking portrait hanging somewhere in my beloved Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, where I […]

August 22, 2021: Remembering A Time When Negative Was Positive

I had a COVID-19 test the other day even though I have been fully-vaccinated and wear my mask regularly in public.  I am sure to some of you that proves I am a liberal weenie commie who loves Nancy Pelosi, watches CNN and glows in the dark.  But I digress. My doctor thought it would […]

August 15, 2021: Skeeter Skates and Gang Suggest Some Topics Besides Politics

While trying to figure out whether to dangle my participle in this hot weather or work up a sweat and split an infinitive, the phone rang.  It was Skeeter Skates, proprietor of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia, and a charter member of the Ryo Morning Coffee Club in Ryo, […]

August 8, 2021: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

What a bunch of whiners.  I refer to the jive-talkers that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, waving their Trump flags and having a big ol’ time.  One even put a finger emoji on a fuzzy image of himself with the caption, “THIS IS ME,” in case you missed it.  Oops! Maybe that wasn’t […]

August 1, 2021: Methodist Squabbles Show ‘Organized Religion’ An Oxymoron

My wise father once advised me to never talk politics or religion with people.  You will never change their minds, he said, and they will spend all their time trying to change yours.  That may be true but sometimes I can’t help myself.  It is hard not to write about politics and those who practice […]

July 25, 2021: Final Olympic Memory: A Lasting One

One last word about the 25th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games and then we will move on.  Nostalgia is not one of my strong points but having been associated with such a high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime (for me) event makes it hard to not take a quick peek back, especially when I keep getting asked about […]

July 18, 2021: Vernon Jones Talks About Running For Governor

Strong opinions begat strong reactions.  I recently begatted a strong opinion about Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones and he begatted a strong reaction right back at me.  Good for him.  Many intrepid public servants poked by my stiletto do one of two things: They sulk or ignore me, hoping I will be abducted by space […]

July 11, 2021: Recalling the Best and Worst of Centennial Olympic Games

Twenty-five years ago this week, Bill Clinton was winding up his first term as president and trying to remember if he knew someone named Monica Lewinsky.  Newt Gingrich was riding high as U.S. Speaker of the House. The Atlanta Braves were in the process of winning the National League Championship.  (They would lose to the […]

July 4, 2021: A Salute To Georgia’s Latest Medal Of Honor Recipient

Webster’s Dictionary defines a hero as, “A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.”  With Noah Webster’s concurrence I would add, “and doesn’t talk about it.”    That would aptly describe 94-year-old retired Col. Ralph Puckett, of Columbus, Georgia, the latest […]

June 27, 2021: Paying Homage to The Passing of a True Southern Gentleman

It is not always cool being Southern these days.  We are being assailed for the sins of our ancestors. Some of it understandable, some of it out of ignorance. While there are regrettable periods in our past for which there are no excuses, there are also many things about the South in which to take […]

June 20, 2021: Remembering The Past While Focused On The Future

Hard to believe that it has been six months since I lost my soulmate, my anchor, my best friend.  In some ways, it seems like it was yesterday.  At other times, it seems like forever.  Time can play tricks with your mind. For a year-and-a-half, I watched her inexorable descent physically and mentally.  There were […]

June 13, 2021: Trying To Understand Georgia Republicans Not Easy

I must confess that as smart as I am, there are a few things in this world I do not understand, such as the unsolved problem in fundamental physics as to whether gravity and the quantum can be made to coexist within the same theory. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a bit challenging for me as are […]

May 30, 2021: Only Marjorie Taylor Greene Could Compare A Mask to Holocaust

I got some interesting mail this week. One was from someone who doesn’t read my column but didn’t like something I wrote and told me so. That response reminded me of a 4-page letter I once got from the late Speaker of the House Tom Murphy when I said his political career was “toast” after […]

May 23, 2021: Cows Have Legitimate Beef With Climate Change Crowd

Okay, enough is enough and I have had enough.  I have had to endure watching lawless thugs firebomb buildings and claiming we need to defund the police.  And another bunch of lawless thugs calling themselves “patriots” while inciting a riot in the United States Capitol.  And don’t forget a bunch of kids doing their best […]

May 16, 2021: Some Random Thoughts On Some Random Subjects

If Republicans have a strategy for remaining the majority party in Georgia, I am missing it.  So far, it seems to be about punishing anyone in the party who has ever uttered a discouraging word about Donald Trump.  That is not much of a strategy. Has anybody figured out yet that it is the Democrats […]

May 9, 2021: Could That Covid-19 Shot Be Spying On You?

It is my firm policy that all members in my conglomerate of companies must receive their COVID-19 shots or risk losing the generous perks offered them as employees.  These include occasional weekends off (without pay), discounts on zither lessons, signed photographs of me kneeling during the playing of “Ramblin’ Wreck from You-Know-Where-Institute of Technology,” and […]

May 2, 2021: When It Comes to Politics, Sir Isaac Newton Is A Smart Cookie

I have a feeling that few of our intrepid public servants under the Gold Dome are familiar with the English scientist Sir Isaac Newton, except that he was the guy that got conked on the head with an apple or maybe the one that invented the cookie with figs in it.  Chances are none have […]

April 25, 2021: Some Reflections on Standing In The Need Of Prayer

“Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” Can I get an amen? I have had that old-time spiritual on my mind since friend and former colleague Susan Larson wrote to inform me that […]

April 18, 2021: To Noah Sumner Wansley: Welcome to The World

Dear Noah: Welcome to the world.  As information, you are great-grandchild number six, following Cameron Charles Yarbrough, Hayden Rose, Hadley Ann and Harper Grace Yarbrough and brother Henry Sanford Wansley.   However, in the case of great-grandchild rankings numbers are irrelevant.  All are Number One with me and you will be, too. I must tell you […]

April 11, 2021: Delta and Coca-Cola Caught in Middle of Voting Controversy

Despite their billion dollar balance sheets, large public corporations have the backbone of a jellyfish.  Put enough pressure on them and they will fold like a tent.  I offer into evidence S.B. 202, the voting rights bill passed by the General Assembly this past session and signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and […]

April 4, 2021: Discussing Georgia’s New Voting Law with The Ryo Coffee Club

Just as I was about to pick up my flugelhorn, the phone rang.  It was Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia.  He sounded concerned.  That’s not like Skeeter.  Of course, he would never admit it.  I have found that those in the tree stump removal and […]

March 28, 2021: Needing to Remember What Easter Is All About

In memory of my beloved wife with whom I shared many joyous Easters 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 […]

March 21, 2021: From Birdfeeders to Poets, There Is Always Something to Celebrate

We are winding down the first quarter of 2021 and I am holding my breath.  After all, it was the first quarter of 2020 when the world as we know it became a world we didn’t know at all and one we are still trying to come to terms with. So far in 2021, we […]

March 14, 2021: A Son of The South and Proud of It

I am a Son of the South and proud of it.  Born here, raised here and, God willing, will be planted here.  The South is and always will be my home. Have we always been a perfect place?  Far from it.  The notion of separate-but-equal was anything but in the South in which I was […]

March 7, 2021: Texas Power Debacle Not Likely in Georgia Says Public Service Commissioner

  Would you like to hear an encouraging word?  How about “No!” That was the succinct reaction from Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore when I asked her if what happened in Texas where hell and most everything else froze over, could happen here.  Pridemore, a member of the state’s utility regulator since 2018, gave […]

February 28, 2021: Legislature Has Chance to Help Those That Can’t Help Themselves

In the midst of the cacophony over election reform, vaccination policy, sports betting, Trump’s grumps harrumphs and another unconscionable private school voucher scheme, a piece of much-needed legislation is quietly wending its way through the legislative maze this session and maybe will finally become law.  It is long overdue. It is called the Child Victim […]

February 21, 2021: A Conversation on Politics With Junior E. Lee

I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to see if he could help me make sense of the strange political world in which we find ourselves these days. Junior is not only one of most highly-respected political analysts in the nation, […]

February 14, 2021: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

I blush as I write this (well, not really) but things are going well at the University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest state-chartered university, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South.  UGA President Jere Morehead’s State of the University address notes among other positives that U.S. News and World Report ranks my alma […]

February 7, 2021: Some Final Harrumphs on Trump’s Grumps

My column suggesting to Republicans that, like it or not, the presidential elections are over and for those crying ‘foul’ they might want to take out their anger on the Democrats and not each other brought some interesting and some predictable responses.  There was, of course, the “Fergit, Hell,” group who think they can garner […]

January 31, 2021: Talking Current Events with Skeeter Skates and the Ryo Coffee Club

I had just hung up from a robocall wanting to extend the warranty on a car I no longer own when the phone rang again. I assumed it was some helpful robot offering to consolidate credit card debts I don’t have or trying to sell me a back brace I don’t need.  You can imagine […]

January 24, 2021: Can Trump Supporters Identify the Real Enemy?

Democrat Joe Biden is now President of the United States.  Two Democrats defeated two Republican incumbents to represent Georgia in the U. S. Senate, swinging the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats who already control the House of Representatives.   Therefore, you would think Georgia Republicans have figured out by now who the […]

January 17, 2021: Some Thoughts to My Great Grandson in A New Year

To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: I am a bit late in getting my annual letter to you this year.  Losing Grandma Jane just before Christmas was something none of us were expecting even though she had been pretty sick.   Some worthwhile lessons came out of that sad experience that are worth remembering.  First, life is […]

January 10, 2021: Requiem for the Woman Who Shares My Name

She wasn’t thrilled when I told her I had been invited to write an occasional column for a local publication.  After more than three decades in the Bell System and three arduous years as part of the staging of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, she thought it time to enjoy a long-awaited retirement.  But if […]

November 29, 2020: Some Random Thoughts On Some Random Subjects

Here we go again.  The University of Georgia has another Rhodes Scholar.  According to my abacus, that makes 25.  But who’s counting? (Wink! Wink!) Phaidra Buchanan, of Tyrone, Georgia, is the latest.  She will begin her studies  at Oxford University in England in October and will pursue a Master of Science degree in comparative and […]

November 22, 2020: Voter Fraud Accusations Nothing New In Georgia

You’ve got to love Georgia Republicans.  They are more fun than a roomful of puppies.  What makes them the most fun is that the puppies morph into pit bulls and then spend their time attacking each other.  Following a presidential race unlike any other I remember in Georgia, U.S. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly […]

November 15, 2020: It’s Never Too Early To Be Thankful

Pardon me for stating the obvious but 2020 has been a dumper of a year and I can’t wait to see it in the rearview mirror.  Try as I might, it has been difficult not to be overwhelmed by the constant barrage of coronavirus cases and deaths, violence in our cities, a contentious presidential race, […]

November 8, 2020: Bugging Junior E. Lee About the Presidential Election Results

As I promised last week, I contacted Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his observations on the presidential election.  Not only is he considered one of this nation’s foremost political analysts, Junior is also a pest control professional, a rare […]

November 1, 2020: Junior E. Lee Primed to Analyze Election Results

Because this column runs across the state on different days of the week depending where you may happen to be, some of you will be reading this before Election Day, on that day or a day or two afterwards.  Therefore, I am going to wait on responding to the results until we can all see […]

October 25, 2020: Glory, Glory to the Rocket Scientists at UGA

As you may have heard by now, a group of young men from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South and home to more Rhodes Scholars than a coon dog has fleas recently engaged in a scrum with a group of semi-professional […]

October 18, 2020: A Reminder That Voting Is A Privilege From One Who Knows

I would say great minds run in pairs, but when it comes to my friend and Great American, Stewart Rodeheaver, that does him a disservice.  Simply put, his mind is a couple of laps ahead of mine. For those of you recent to this space, Stewart Rodeheaver is Brigadier General (Ret.) Rodeheaver, who commanded Georgia’s […]

October 11, 2020: Figby Gives Senator Loeffler Some Last Minute Political Advice

RING! RING! RING! “Hello.  This is the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia.  How may I direct your call?” “This is Senator Kelly Loeffler. Get Figby, the world renowned image expert on the phone now!” “Hello, Senator.  This is Figby. What can I do for you?” “Figby, I need […]

October 4, 2020: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

I try not to write about whatever all the ponderous political pundits are pontificating about at the time.  I am just not a “me too” kind of guy.  But, I am going to have to make an exception this week and mention the recent presidential debate.  To call it a debacle is being too kind.  […]

September 27, 2020: What Do We Care What Credit Firm and Grass Cutters Think Of Us?

It is my bounden duty to report to you on the state of the state in which you find yourself.  I am talking, of course, about the Great State of Georgia. While we are blessed to be home to the Blue Ridge mountains, the Golden Isles, the Vidalia onion and the greatest state song in […]

September 20, 2020: If Politicians Can Pander for Approval, Why Not Columnists?

I don’t  know about you, but I find the political ads on television these days refreshing.  At least, we have something to look at beside ads for ambulance-chasing lawyers. (I try to find the silver lining in every cloud.) In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the earnest, look-you-in-the-eye promises the candidates are making […]

September 13, 2020: State School Superintendent Refuses to Turnaround On Testing

I have a new hero.  His name is Richard Woods and he is the State School Superintendent of Georgia. First, a little background: For a couple of years during the Deal Administration, Supt. Woods, although duly elected by the people, was relegated to the governor’s Time Out Chair in a dispute over how to deal […]

September 6, 2020: Not Finding Much Good News in This Bummer of a Year

We are now into September of what has so far been a bummer of a year.  My colleague, David Carroll, a Chattanooga TV anchor with whom I share the editorial page in several papers, calls 2020 “the Edsel of years.”  I wish I had thought of that line.  I hate it when TV anchors are […]

August 30, 2020: Is There Any Place for Love In Today’s World?

Remember the Tina Turner hit, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”  In the lyrics, love is referred to as a “second-hand emotion.”  That song popped into my head as I watch what is happening to our country. Love has got a lot to do with it and, unfortunately, is seems to be a second-hand […]

August 23, 2020: Murphy Gooddog and Friends Have a Lot They Can Teach Us

You long-time loyalists (and you know who you are) will remember the exploits of Sheila the Family Wonderdog in this space.  You will also recall that Shelia went to Doggie Heaven a few years back where she now enjoys swapping yarns with her pals Lassie and Rin Tin Tin and Old Yeller and chasing squirrels […]

August 16, 2020: Long-Shot Candidate Trying to Hack Through Political Jungle

It’s a jungle out there and Kandiss Taylor is still trying to hack her way through it.  We are talking about the “jungle primary,” a euphemism being applied to a special election on November 3rd to fill the remaining two years of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. Isakson, a Great American of the first rank, chose […]

August 9, 2020: Hating the Loss Of ‘Clean Old-Fashioned Hate’

The apocalypse is truly upon us.  Somebody has made the decision – I don’t know who, I know it wasn’t me – that the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game will not be played this year for the first time since 1924.  This hallowed event which dates to 1893 is commonly referred to as “Clean Old Fashioned […]

August 2, 2020: Hats Off to Roy Rogers And The Good Memories

In these days of discontent and destruction, hate and harangue, we could really use Roy Rogers.  And Trigger, his Golden Palomino.  Dale Evans and Bullet The Wonder Dog. Not to mention the Sons of the Pioneers. I believe if we could get this group back, we could find our kinder and gentler selves. For those […]

July 19, 2020: Discussing Current Events with Skeeter Skates And Friends

I could tell by the way the phone jumped straight up when it rang who was on the line.  It could be none other than Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair, located in Ryo, Georgia.  Yes, phones jump where Skeeter is involved.  I do, too. Skeeter Skates doesn’t have […]

July 12, 2020: Remembering A Great Event 24 Years Later

Has it really have been 24 years since the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games?  Sunday will mark 8,766 days since that dramatic night when Muhammed Ali,  hands, shaking with palsy, lit the cauldron signifying the beginning of 17 days of Olympic competition and the culmination of years of hard work. During the Games, some 10,000 Olympians […]

July 5, 2020: Talking Political Correctness with A Bottle Of Syrup

The scene:  A grocery store aisle, one-way, six feet from another human being, masked and looking for any available paper products since toilet tissue seems to be as rare as a singing frog these days.  And then, suddenly: “Pssst!  Pssst!  Down here!  Help!” “Are you a syrup bottle?” “Yes, I am Mrs. Butterworth and I […]

June 28, 2020: Some Random Thoughts on Some Unsettling Times

If you are still watching television news (I rarely do these days), you will notice that the protests across the country seem to be as much generational as racial. There are a lot of young white kids marching with blacks.  That tells me these protests are going to be with us awhile.  What youngsters lack […]

June 21, 2020: The New York Times Owes Us All an Apology

In case you haven’t heard, there is a big stink permeating the offices of the New York Times.  Let me ask the question for you:  Why should you care?  Let me answer the question for you: We may be entering an era where opposing viewpoints are no longer acceptable.  That bothers me.  I hope it […]

June 14, 2020: Remembering Dad on His Special Day

Let us pause a moment from the endless angst and anguish over racial issues, the uncertainty of the status of COVID-19, faulty voting machines and who is to blame, political campaigns that seem to have no end, a hemorrhaging state budget and no Major League baseball.  Sunday is Father’s Day.  What better time to pay […]

June 7, 2020: A Complex Issue With No Easy Answers

These thoughts on the current upheaval in our country come courtesy of an unusual array of sources:  The late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; Larry Savage, a candidate for chairman of the Cobb County Commission and Hayden, Cayden and Jamaya (more on them later.) I read a quote recently in which Sen. Kennedy, a Democrat, said, […]

May 31, 2020: Is There No Place These Days for Thoughtful Discourse?

My column last week on a radio commentary by the late Paul Harvey drew a lot of reader response from across the state, all of it positive.  As you will recall if you saw the column, some 55 years ago Harvey penned a piece entitled, “If I Were the Devil,’ that was frighteningly prescient. He […]

May 24, 2020: Prophetic Words from A Late and Great Commentator

I have long been an admirer of the words and works of the late Paul Harvey and his radio commentaries known as the “The Rest of the Story.”  I had the privilege of  meeting him in New York at the Peabody Awards ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the […]

May 17, 2020: A Special Group Helps Repay A Special Debt

For much of my adult life, I have tried to return to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, a portion of what the institution has given me.  I say “a portion” because I can never totally repay the debt I owe UGA for the honor of being a Georgia Bulldog.  But that doesn’t mean […]

May 10, 2020: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

A flag-waving salute to the United States Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels who roared across Georgia’s skies in tandem last week, paying tribute to our state’s heroic first responders.  The event was an example of everything that is good about this great country.  Hopefully, we stopped being intransigent political partisans for a […]

May 3, 2020: In Praise Of Our First Responders Both Here And Away

It seems to take a pandemic for us to get our priorities in order.  With the death toll in the country having passed 60,000 and with over a thousand of those here in Georgia, suddenly we realize that those who entertain us – like actors and ballplayers – are nothing more than diversions. They are […]

April 27, 2020: If Governor Can Open Tattoo Parlor, Why Not My Favorite Jewelry Store?

No, I cannot tell you why Gov. Brian Kemp decided to open up tattoo parlors and bowling alleys but not my favorite jewelry store where a repaired watch eagerly awaits me. I do know that under his recent order no one is required to open up and even if they do, nobody is required to […]

April 20, 2020: When It Comes To The Gaithers, Something Good Is About To Happen.

To: Bill Gaither Somewhere Safely (I hope) in Alexandria, Indiana You probably don’t remember me, but we met briefly backstage a couple of years ago before your Christmas concert at the Woodstock First Baptist Church. The opportunity came about as a result of a lot of whining, wheedling and shameless self-pity in this space over […]

April 13, 2020: Looking to Gov. Kemp to Get Us Through These Tough Times

I wouldn’t have Gov. Brian Kemp’s job.  That’s a good thing because, to my knowledge, no one has offered the job to me.  I have had readers in the past who suggested I run for public office, but I politely declined because the Woman Who Shares My Name would take a skillet to my head […]