01/24/2022

January 9, 2022: Some Advice To A Great Grandson For The Coming Year

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: It is a new year and once again an opportunity for me to share some thoughts with you as you face a future that is going to be full of challenges. But, then, all futures are challenging because they are filled with unknowns. What counts is how you deal with those […]

December 25, 2021: A Tribute To A Good Friend And A Great Statesman

This is a column I wish I didn’t have to write. It is about my friend, Johnny Isakson. You have seen, read and heard a lot about Georgia’s senior senator who passed away on Dec. 19th after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76 years old. Tributes have poured in from […]

December 19, 2021: Annual Yarbrough Christmas Column “I Wish I Had Been There. In Bethlehem.”

This column has become a Christmas tradition.  I share with you once again this year.  It is dedicated to the memory of my beloved wife and 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 […]

December 12, 2021: St. Simon’s Preservation Important to All Georgians

When I go to my Great Reward (hoping it is not before I finish this column), if I don’t qualify for the Pearly Gates, I will take St. Simons Island as my backup choice. It is, after all, heaven on earth. And, thankfully, there are people trying to keep it that way. Emily Ellison, executive […]

December 5, 2021: Could Republican Internal Warfare Help Stacey Abrams Become Governor?

Donald Trump is on record as having stated that having Democrat Stacey Abrams as governor of the Peach State would be better than our current Gov. Brian Kemp. At a rally in Perry, Trump said, “Stacey, would you like to take his place? It’s OK with me.”  She almost did in 2018, losing to Kemp […]

November 28, 2021: Vernon Jones Touts His No State Income Tax Proposal

Vernon Jones called me the other day. To refresh your memory, Jones, a former Democrat and one-time chief executive officer of DeKalb County, is running for the Republican nomination for governor against incumbent Brian Kemp. After he got an enthusiastic reception at the state GOP convention in July at Jekyll Island from Trump Harrumphs who […]

November 21, 2021: For These Things I Am Thankful

I was not going to write a Thanksgiving column this week a couple of reasons. First, that is the predictable thing to do when you have to churn out a weekly column. I pride myself on being unpredictable. Second, my friend, the late Furman Bisher, long-time, legendary sports editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution set the […]

November 14, 2021: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

Maybe I am being a bit too Southern Sensitive here but I got the distinct feeling the national media disrespected the Atlanta Braves from the beginning of the playoffs through the World Series and beyond. Had they had their way, I think they would have preferred Los Angeles or San Francisco. Then some MSNBC weenie […]

November 7, 2021: God’s Involvement in Wife’s Portrait No Coincidence

This week, I am going to forego any discussion of politics and share a personal experience with you. It involves art, Ray Charles, the Righteous Brothers, a refrigerator magnet and me. I have just finished a portrait of my beloved wife, Jane, who passed away in December. It will hang in her heaven on earth […]

October 31, 2021: No Question State Quiz Can Sharpen Our Pandemic Brains

I get some interesting mail. And I am not just talking about the reaction to my recent opinion of Donald Trump’s opinion of the late Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell. Not surprisingly, the response has been heavy. Surprisingly, it has been strongly supportive and even more surprising, […]

October 24, 2021: Offering an Opinion on Donald Trump’s Opinion of Colin Powell

Classless. That is the only term I can use in a family newspaper to describe Donald Trump’s comments about the passing of Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who died from Covid-19 complications on Oct. 18. Said Trump, “Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big […]

October 17, 2021: Labor Commissioner’s Good Deed Hard to Swallow

It is said that no good deed goes unpunished. If you don’t believe that, ask Mark Butler, commissioner of the beleaguered Georgia Department of Labor. These have not been easy times for Georgia DOL. Like most everything and everybody these days, the department has been hammered by the pandemic, as have those it is pledged […]

October 10, 2021: Junior E. Lee Helps Put Reader Responses In Perspective

You are going to find this hard to believe but everybody doesn’t love me like you do. I seem to have managed to rile a few folks recently. Could it be something I said? I decided to talk to my colleague Junior E. Lee about the problem and see what thoughts or suggestions he might […]

October 3, 2021: Fractious Republicans Need To Heed Isakson’s Example

Class, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder – hard to define but we know it when we see it.  I thought about that as two events occurred in our state last week featuring prominent Republicans. In Atlanta, hundreds of friends and supporters gathered to honor a quiet man who epitomizes class, former […]

September 19, 2021: It’s No Secret Cognia Disregarding Open Records Law

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, there is one thing that should unite one and all – how government spends your tax dollars.  In Georgia, the best way to know that is through the state’s Open Records law.  In short form, government entities, agencies and individuals using our tax dollars […]

September 12, 2021: Looking for Some Good News in These Trying Times

It is hard to find much good news these days as we relive the horrific events of 9-11 that took the lives of 2,977 innocent souls in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  And then after some 2,500 American deaths, we have withdrawn our troops from that hellhole […]

NEW for 2021! The 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympics

NEW for 2021! The 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympics: The NEW edition of my book is out just in time for this year’s Olympics. Purchase it on Amazon for an insider’s perspective from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1636172415?ref=myi_title_dp The book is a no-punches-pulled insider’s perspective of the Centennial Olympic Games, and the […]