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YARBROUGH: A salute to the hero that made it home and to those that did not

Because of the timing of my column deadline, I will have to defer comment on the elections until next week. I can say this much, however. We cast our votes freely and with no tanks in the street.

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YARBROUGH: Ten reasons to vote 'no' on the charter school amendment

The charter school amendment will be decided Tuesday. If it doesn't pass, it will be the greatest upset since David conked Goliath with a rock.

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YARBROUGH: Pro-charter amendment forces try to bully opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

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YARBROUGH: Special school has positive impact on special needs children

Just when I think that maybe this world and those that occupy it are beyond redemption, I run across someone like Ava White and I am reminded that there are good people quietly doing good things for all the right reasons.

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YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee says UGA tops on his bugs list

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Georgia, just called me with what he said was an exciting development.

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YARBROUGH: School superintendent association head refutes pro-charter claims

GSSA head refutes claims on charter schools. With the vote on the charter school amendment just over a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know. I have felt it. I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case

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YARBROUGH: For the Legislature, this party may be over

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade them with "The Party's Over."

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YARBROUGH: Charter amendment advocates present their case

Rep. Edward Lindsey, (R-Atlanta) majority whip of the Georgia House of Representatives asked me if I would talk to the proponents of the upcoming constitutional amendment on charter schools and get their side of the story.

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YARBROUGH: Skeeter Skates weighs in on Middle East

'Skeeter' talks about the Middle East

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YARBROUGH: Veracity valuator clarifies my opinions

New tool helps clarify opinions. I got called a "liberal" the other day by a reader in Cherokee County who doesn't think much of my opinions and suggested "Someone should retire his word processor." My word processor, Barney, was elated at the thought. Barney hates this job. When I

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YARBROUGH: Charter school amendment debate gets ugly

I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended

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YARBROUGH: Thanks to you, speaker might be ready to unload gravy train

Are you sitting down, dear reader? House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has announced that he will propose a full ban on gifts from lizard-loafered lobbyists in the next session. Before you fall over in a dead faint, let me remind you that politicians are crafty sorts.

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YARBROUGH: School superintendent's endorsement of Chip Rogers raises questions

What in the world was State School Superintendent John Barge thinking when he endorsed the re-election campaign of State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock? Chip Rogers, in case you are not aware, is not exactly public education's best friend.

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YARBROUGH: Recent trip a reminder to take nothing for granted

I have just returned from a memorable trip to Valdosta. I went there to speak to the Rotary Club. The members laughed in all the right places, which not only was memorable, but downright remarkable. What made the trip even more special were two visits I made while there.

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YARBROUGH: Controversial transportation referendum on shaky ground

The 10-county, $7 billion Metro Atlanta transportation referendum is set to be decided by voters on July 31. If passed, the plan will be funded for 10 years by a 1-cent sales tax. Even if your county votes it down, the measure still becomes law if a majority of the rest do.