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 […]