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 […]

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 […]

January 4, 2016: Annual Letter to My Grandsons

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:   Welcome to 2016. This begins your eighth year with us. I think you would agree that at this point in time, life has been better than good. May it remain so.   Today, you are sowing the seeds for your future. Of course, nobody can predict what that future will […]

December 28, 2015: A Love Story That Defied Time and Circumstance

Perhaps the most appropriate way to end this year is with a love story – the story of Dr. Raymond Cook, 96, and Dr. Elisabeth Mays Stein Cook, who passed away last week at the age of 94.   Even the most casual reader of this column knows the influence Raymond Cook has had on […]

December 21, 2015: 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 […]

December 14, 2015: Sometimes Being Naughty Can Be Nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!   “Hello, Santa Claus R Us. Happy Holidays. Donder speaking. May I help you?”   “Yes, I would like to speak to Santa Claus. My name is Dick Yarbrough. I am a modest and much-beloved columnist in Georgia. I have been so busy this year that I haven’t found time to get […]

December 7, 2015: Some Observations on the Coaching Changes at UGA

As my sweet mama would say, “Things just get curiouser and curiouser.” That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University of Georgia — or more specifically — the athletic department at UGA.   As of this writing, Kirby Smart, who has morphed from a Bainbridge High Bearcat to an all-SEC […]

November 30, 2015: Not Too Early to Think About the True Meaning of Christmas

Hot Diggity Dog! It is December and that means Christmas is just around the corner. I love Christmas. I love it today and I loved before it became politically-incorrect. Anytime someone tells me “Happy Holidays,” I thank them and say “And a Merry Christmas to you, as well.” If it is to a store clerk, […]

November 23, 2015: Academician Got It Right About The Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia that says a good way to improve your marriage is to show gratitude to your spouse. As one reader told me, groveling doesn’t hurt, either. One member of the […]

November 16, 2015: Unsubstantiated Anonymous Sources Have No Place in Journalism

I can’t guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my opinion laid out for all to see. That is in stark contrast to cowardly anonymous comments that seem to be pervading our world these days, thanks to social media and to […]

November 9, 2015: A Big ‘Thank You’ to UGA for Study on Marital Bliss

There are many good things happening at my alma mater, the University of Georgia, these days.  Unfortunately, not much of it is occurring on the football field.  But please remember that football is only a game and that we are first and foremost an academic institution.  (I usually say that when we lose to Florida.  […]

November 2, 2015: Who Should Know Better Than To Mess With Our Porcine Preferences

The history revisionists are still busy as a bee trying to rid us of all vestiges of the Old South. That means some brave soul is going to have to tell Wheeler County that they have to change their name because the county is named for Confederate Gen. Joe Wheeler. Oh, and while you are […]

October 26, 2015: A Newcomer’s Guide To Georgia-Florida Week

If you have just arrived in our fair state from some alien environment like the planet Krutopia or maybe Vermont, I need to explain to you a cataclysmic event taking place on this Saturday afternoon in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, which is a suburb of Greater Metropolitan Brunswick, Georgia, much like Vermont is a […]

October 19, 2015: Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

I mentioned a few weeks back the TBF/FLW High School Fishing Southeastern Conference Championship tournament scheduled for Lake Lanier. It has come and gone. Fifty-one teams from eight states competed. Fittingly enough, the event was won by two youngsters from East Hall High School — Tristan Thomas and Dakota Crumley. The win earned their team […]

October 12, 2015: Somebody Forgot To Tell God The World Was Ending

Somebody Forgot To Tell God The World Was Ending, a group out of Philadelphia that does all their worshiping online (“Alright, users, let us bow our heads and Twitter.”) said recently that the world was going to end last Thursday, October 7. Trusting soul that I am, I took them at their word and figured […]

October 5, 2015: Ten Years Later: Remembering A Special Group Of Georgians In Iraq

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago this week I was at Camp Striker in Iraq, reporting on the men and women of Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat team, under the command of a great American and Monroe County native, Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver. Why I made the decision to go to Iraq is […]

September 28, 2015: Aliens Have Second Thought About Invading Earth

KNOCK! KNOCK! “Open the door, please!” “I’m sorry but I don’t talk to door-to-door solicitors, even little green ones with antennas sticking out of their heads. Besides, I gave at the office.” “Hold it right there, earthling. We aren’t here to sell you anything. We are from the planet Krutopia. In case you aren’t familiar […]

September 21, 2015: High School Fishing Clubs Growing In Georgia

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America.  An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The Bass Federation, which means he gets to work with young people across the land to introduce them to the joys of fishing through high school fishing clubs. “Studies show that […]

September 14, 2015: Skeeter Skates Torn Between Greater Metropolitan Pooler and Ryo

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. That alone is rare. Skeeter doesn’t call me much because he doesn’t particularly care for those of us in the media. He thinks we add little value to […]

September 5, 2015: Festive Gala An Example Of The Best Of Cobb County

I witnessed the best of Cobb County this past Sunday evening. I saw people – a lot of people – from all walks of life come together at the Marietta Performing Arts Center to help a family turn tragedy into triumph by giving generously of their time and talent and money to support a worthy […]

August 31, 2015: Great Grandson’s Enthusiasm a Reminder of Why Teachers Matter

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Pardon me, but your great grandfather is having a surreal moment. Knowing you are now firmly ensconced in the first grade is taking some getting used to. I remember entering Ms. Dent’s first-grade class at Colonial Hills grammar school in East Point, Georgia, a few millennia ago. My memory is a […]

August 24, 2015: Gov. Deal’s Communications Director Ready to Try it on His Own

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or a lizard-loafered lobbyist lurking around the capitol with free lunch coupons or members of the news media with coffee stains on their shirts and cynicism in their hearts, the name […]

August 17, 2015: One Of Georgia Tech’s ‘Lost Dodd Boys’ Looks Back On The Experience

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do you know that attended Georgia Tech football games for some eighty years – that’s not a misprint – and was a season ticket holder for Tech basketball for decades until […]