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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 […]

June 7, 2016: UGA Athletic Director Does Right Thing the Right Way

I haven’t met UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled the blowback from the ludicrous Ludacris debacle. Evidently, he heard from a lot of you who were appalled at the idea of giving the rapper $65,000 to perform for 15 minutes during the […]

May 31, 2016: What’s In a Name? Ask Cameron — or Maybe Not

It is the policy of this modest and much-beloved columnist to give you in-depth analysis of the really important issues taking place in our nation. I will leave presidential politics to the New York Times who think their sweat doesn’t stink and that guy on MSNBC who looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Here we cover […]

May 23, 2016: This Is One Terrorist Who Deserves Our Thanks

There is a terrorist living in my neighborhood and I couldn’t be prouder. You may remember that I shared with you the story of Col. Frank Gleason sometime back, but as we prepare to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, his is a tale worth repeating. Now in his mid-90s, Col. Gleason doesn’t look like your […]

May 16, 2016: Random Thoughts On Random Subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone with four exchange students in tow. Taylor, who is up for re-election, expressed the proper amount of remorse […]

May 9, 2016: Could Governor’s Vetoes Impact Education Reform Efforts?

A governor’s got to do what a governor’s got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of the Campus Carry bill and the Religious Reform bill makes me wonder if I wasted a year of my life in an effort that is not going to go unpunished. Before his re-election in 2014, the governor told […]

May 2, 2016: Ludacris’ Demands For G-Day Performance Were Ludicrous

Okay, Georgia Tech fans, give me your best shot. I asked for it. You have shown me over the past two decades that you never forget two things: The Pythagorean Theorem and my editorial sideswipes at your institution. Back in 2007, I had great sport with you when one of your promotional geniuses in the […]

April 25, 2016: Retired Atlanta Banker Helps Children Pursue Their Dreams of Peace through Art

I believe that each of us has an obligation to leave this a better world than we found it. Linden Longino is trying to do exactly that. Longino, a retired Atlanta banker, could be enjoying the well-earned fruits of a successful career but, instead, he has devoted the past two decades trying to bring a […]

April 18, 2016: State Senator Defends Religious Freedom Legislative Efforts

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus.)  The senator did a smart thing: He reached out and asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. After the cuffing he took, I […]

April 11, 2016: Georgia’s 181st School District Making A Difference In Young Lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that I haven’t talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart. It is the Georgia Preparatory Academy, the state’s 181st school district and a part of […]

April 4, 2016: Some Thoughts on Why Religious Freedom Bill Failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent Religious Freedom bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.   In a democracy, there are only […]

March 28, 2016: Sharing Life’s Bumps And Bruises With Friends

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this but we are all family here, even if some of you consider me the illegitimate stepson of the weird cousin that talks with his mouth full. So you might as hear it from me that the Woman Who Shares My Name has […]

March 21, 2016: Remembering What Easter Is Really 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 […]

March 7, 2016: Why Shouldn’t Parents Be Held Accountable For Their Child’s Education?

To my friends in the Legislature (and, yes, you are my friends. Without you, I wouldn’t have a job.) I will make this brief because I know you are hard at work pushing the Second Amendment rights of hormone-laden college kids (Cue the National Anthem) even though you are trampling on my Constitutional right to […]

February 29, 2016: If You Are Positively Tired Of Negative News, Read This

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC primary this week but that will have to wait. For one thing, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, tells me that he is going to need time to pore […]

February 22, 2016: Looking at Public Education Reform Efforts Past and Present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises […]

February 15, 2016: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators. First, Jan Jones, (R-Milton) Speaker Pro Tem in the House of Representatives, evidently isn’t buying a report from State School Superintendent Richard Wood and the Georgia Department of Education that shows 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within […]

February 8, 2016: Legislators Shooting to Beat Plowshares into Pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) is at it again. Georgia’s version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock-and-load most anywhere we want – libraries, churches, bars, airports —but he and his posse couldn’t talk the Board of Regents […]

February 1, 2015: Return of Corn-Fried Shrimp is Welcomed News

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn’t quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick finding Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in “Casablanca” (“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”) but it is pretty darned close. My beloved corn-fried shrimp are coming back to the Georgia Sea […]

January 24, 2016: State Senator Seeks to Provide Support to Disabled Community

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia’s 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician. One Atlanta newspaper columnist calls him “perpetually grumpy” and “ornery.” Now in his third term in the Senate after serving 12 years in the House, what you see with Sen. Millar […]

January 18, 2016: The State of This Column Can’t Be Overstated

My fellow Georgians: Now that Pres. Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has given us a nautically-themed State of the State address that would have made Moby Dick proud, (Ha! Ha! Ha!) I come today to submit to you my annual State of […]

January 11, 2016: Some Thoughts on Education Reform Commission Recommendations

Dear Georgia Public Schoolteachers: You have read and heard a lot of scuttlebutt about the recommendations recently sent to Gov. Nathan Deal by the Education Reform Commission. I thought you might like some thoughts from one of the commission members. Me. As you may know, I had the privilege of serving as a member of […]