06/19/2019

June 10, 2019: Father’s Day A Time to Remember a Special Man

I first penned this tribute to my father in 2015.  It has been 35 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, especially on Father’s Day.  With a few minor edits, I present it again this year. My dad was a man with a limited education […]

June 3, 2019: Some Unsolicited Advice for Gov. Brian Kemp

Dear Gov. Kemp: I have been wanting to share some thoughts with you about your first 100 days in office but I have been distracted with other matters, like watching House Speaker David Ralston trying to scramble out of a hole he dug for himself.  I am still getting used to calling my Lambda Chi […]

May 27, 2019: Bartow County a Positive Example of School and Community Partnership

This is a story that is so good and so positive it is almost exasperating.  Let me get to the good and positive part first. I will explain the exasperation later. Last year, a group of community volunteers in Bartow County, led by Rev. David Franklin, the head of the Bartow Baptist Association, approached the […]

May 20, 2019: It Is Hard To Be Influential Around Skeeter Skates

When the phone rang, I knew who it was.  It was Skeeter Skates. The phone just sounds different when he calls.  He can be intimidating, even to a telephone. For those of you who may be new to this space, Skeeter Skates is the owner of the eponymous Skeeter Skates Plow Repair and Stump Removal […]

May 13, 2019: Speaker Ralston’s Legal Tactics Could Backfire on Him

Let me get straight to the point:  Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston is skating on thin political ice.  Ralston holds the second-most powerful position in our state and has for almost two decades.  But those days may be coming to an end.  There is no question that Ralston is a power under the […]

May 6, 2019: Dooley Field At Sanford Stadium Is Pleasing In A Thousand Ways

What a nice way to celebrate my 1000th syndicated newspaper column.  University of Georgia President Dr. Jere Morehead and Athletic Director Greg McGarity have proposed that the field at Sanford Stadium be named for Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Dooley.  It’s about time.  It fact, it is long overdue.  I have known Vince Dooley […]

April 29, 2019: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

If anyone wonders why we have so little faith in our government and those within it, consider the obsession with the Mueller Report.  It is about the only thing the Inside-the-Beltway crowd is talking about these days.  Russian collusion.  Impeachment.  Impact on 2022 elections. Meanwhile, farmers in South Georgia continue to await help from the […]

April 22, 2019: Remembering A Good Friend Who Walked into My Life

You never know where you are going to find good friends.  Maybe it is someone you grew up with or met at school or worked with.  Or maybe it was just a guy walking up the street.  Like Tom Horton. In one of life’s ironies, Tom lived on one of end of our block-long street […]

April 15, 2019: 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 8, 2019: For Georgia Public Schoolteachers, Voucher Battle Isn’t Over

Dear Public Schoolteachers: For once, the good guys (that would be you) won.  But, save the high-fives.  This fight is far from over. I am talking about the failed attempt to ram a private school voucher bill through this session of the General Assembly.  It was just the latest attempt by a bunch of Kool-Aid […]

April 1, 2019: Trying to Explain Life’s Challenges to Someone With Icing on Their Face is Not Easy

I sat down recently for a chat with my twin great-granddaughters, Hadley Ann Yarbrough and Harper Grace Yarbrough, on the occasion of their first birthday.  I thought this would be a good time to share some of my life experiences and to gain some perspective on what their generation is thinking about the world in […]

March 25, 2019: College Admissions Scandal Proof That There Are Some Things Money Can’t Buy

In a massive college admission scandal the FBI is calling Operation Varsity Blues, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has released documents revealing that some rich and influential parents have paid huge sums on money – huge to you and me but evidently chicken-feed to them –to get their children into elite schools, allegedly […]

March 18, 2019: Public Education Advocates Battle Latest Private School Voucher Scheme

Dear Georgia Public Schoolteachers: I have some good news and some maybe not-so-good news.  First, the good news:  After years of eye-pokes by the voucher-loving Kool-Aid drinkers in the General Assembly, you seem to have finally found your voice and as a result, one of the most egregious anti-public school voucher bills in recent memory […]

March 11, 2019: Whatever Happens, This Lifelong Methodist Isn’t Going Anywhere

I am going to have to get to this sooner or later, so I will opt for sooner. A special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted recently in St. Louis to continue its long-standing policy that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”  The vote was 438 for […]

March 4, 2019: Victims of Child Sex Abuse in Georgia Faces Powerful Foes

Marlan Wilbanks is a man on a mission.  An Atlanta attorney, Wilbanks is the driving force behind the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic (CEASE) the nation’s first legal clinic dedicated to representing survivors of child sexual abuse.  The clinic is a part of the University of Georgia School of Law and gives second […]

February 25, 2019: A Reminder That Magical Times Are Never Lost

It was a magical time at Saint Simons Island.  Of course, any day spent in the Golden Isles is magical, but none were like this. It was a time when a group of us hung our collective hats at St. Simons.  We played golf together, shopped together, socialized together and, of course, ate shrimp and […]

February 18, 2019: Giving Our New Governor Some Fraternal Advice

 Dear Gov. Kemp: I trust you are settled into your new job and are busy governing our beloved state.  My purpose in writing is to let you know you aren’t in this thing alone.   I am always available to dip into my deep reservoir of political knowledge whenever you need me.   Heck, you don’t even […]

February 11, 2019: The State of The State of This Column Cannot Be Overstated

My fellow Americans (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!).  I come 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 cannot be overstated! (Thunderous roar!) In the past year, I have written more than 39,000 words […]

February 4, 2019: If You Can Change Your Name and Gender, Why Not Your Age?

Now this is a movement I could get behind.  Emile Ratelband, of Arnhem, Holland, recently petitioned the local courts to allow him to become officially 20 years younger.  He told the court that he “suffers” from being 69-years-old and thinks that being 49 would help him with job prospects and getting dates on line.  Bless […]

January 28, 2019: An Opportunity to Repay My Alma Mater And My Mentor

I owe the University of Georgia more than I can ever repay the institution.  In my obituary, if you don’t see my involvement at UGA prominently mentioned in the first couple of paragraphs, call the authorities. They are burying the wrong man. I’ve done everything from driving to Athens from the Atlanta airport after an […]

January 21, 2019: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects From Rocket Ships to Ray Charles Robinson

I doubt this kind of stuff keeps you awake at night but there was a great hue-and-cry in the state senate when Sen. Renee Untermann (R-Buford) was removed as chair of the prestigious Senate Health and Human Services Committee and assigned to head the Senate Science and Technology Committee which is akin to going from […]

January 14, 2019: After Meeting Bill Gaither This Bucket List is Complete

After Meeting Bill Gaither This Bucket List Is Complete Sometimes in this business, it isn’t so much what you know as it is who you know. A couple of years ago I wrote about trying to nail the final plank in my bucket list by meeting Bill Gaither.  If you have recently transferred in from […]

January 7, 2019: To a New Year, A New Life and an Old Man’s Wisdom

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: As has been my custom this time of year, I was about to impart some of an old man’s wisdom to my one and only great-grandson, but there has been a new development.  Henry Sanford Wansley decided to make an appearance.  (And on New Year’s Day!)  Two great-grandsons.  Too good to […]