Dick Yarbrough


YARBROUGH: Why one oustanding candidate isn’t running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2016.

YARBROUGH: A tribute to good people doing good things

Perhaps if there were more of us helping those who can’t help themselves instead of sitting on our duffs and complaining about the world going to hell in a wheelbarrow, we might just make that world a better one for all of us. After all, isn’t that what good people do?

YARBROUGH: My misfortune to miss Fortune

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

YARBROUGH: Education Reform Commission an opportunity to improve public education

It is much too early to know how things will turn out with the Education Reform Commission. I have no idea how much influence, if any, I will have in the final report. Only one thing is certain: I am going to give it my best shot

YARBROUGH: If you don’t know much about history, this test is for you

The authors of the test say the AP U.S. History course is an advanced, college-level course — not an introductory U.S. history course — and is not meant to be students’ first exposure to the “fundamental narrative of U.S. history.” I think that is education-speak for saying kids should already know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and Ray Charles.

YARBROUGH: Jekyll Island Authority holds its fire on deer population

If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back.

YARBROUGH: Random thoughts on random topics

I am still pushing for a National Marching Band Signing Day. High School trombonists and drummers and tuba players will sit at a table with tams, shakos and Busby hats representing major college bands and then with dramatic pause select one and share with us where they intend to play for the next four years.

YARBROUGH: Macon legislator on mission ot legalize medical marijuana in Georgia

Allen Peake is back again with H.B. 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston.

YARBROUGH: To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Advice from an old man

For the past 15 years, I have taken the opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to share some advice — first with your dad and his cousins and now with you, my great-grandson. I hope you don’t mind and will bear with me.

YARBROUGH: Potato Bowl already looking like high mark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don’t ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

YARBROUGH: Friendships are truly the gift that keeps on giving

Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships.

YARBROUGH: Carl Sanders: A great man who did great things for Georgia

I loved his stories about the characters that dotted Georgia’s political landscape in his day, except he would always end with the same admonition, “Of course, you can’t print that.”

YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee analyzes elections, predicts next president

Junior said that in his opinion the most positive thing that Georgia’s Democrats can take from the elections is they only have two more years to endure Barack Obama, who makes Jimmy Carter look like George Washington.

YARBROUGH: This is one terrorst who deserves our thanks

Frank Gleason is an elfin man in his 90s with a perpetual twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face; a man who laughs as hard at his own jokes as does his audience and who scolds me for what he sees as my misguided political views.

YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee is bullish on his post-election analysis

Junior E. Lee wanted to know if you would mind greatly if he waited a week or two before giving you his take on the Georgia elections. He said everybody and his brother are going to be analyzing the bejiggers out of the election and telling us why we voted like we did even though we know why we voted like we did.