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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.  […]

May 11, 2015: To Georgia’s Public School Teachers: Thank You For Your Efforts

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroom. As you take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy a brief respite before you start the process all over again, I hope you will reflect on the good you do; the impact you have on young people; your ability […]

October 20, 2014: Gov. Nathan Deal Pledges “Everything On The Table” Public Education Reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia. This week, incumbent Republican Gov. Deal talks about his plans for public education in a second and final term as the state’s chief executive. What he told me came as a bit of a surprise. I suspect […]

October 6, 2014: Some Random Thoughts On Some Random Subjects

If I die anytime soon — and I have no plans to do so at the moment — please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, “He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association.” You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad […]

July 21, 2014: Taxpayers On The Hook For Mishandled Ethics Probe Of Gov. Deal

  In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission. Now, fast forward to its […]

November 12, 2012: Junior E. Lee Discusses Recent Election Results

I have just received Junior E. Lee’s analysis of the recent elections.  Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, and a certified pest control professional.  When not trying to get rid of termites in Arveen Ridley’s barn, Junior manages one of […]

December 12, 2011: From Bionic Hips To Nathan Deal’s Slips, It Was A Very Good Year

Dear Valued Reader: In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card – suitable for framing – that you could proudly show your envious friends.  The cards might even become a collector’s item some day and […]