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Dick Yarbrough

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YARBROUGH: A reminder of what Easter is really about

Easter is about celebrating the One who gives us hope that something better awaits us when this life is done. A miraculous day. A joyous day. That is what Easter is really about. I wish we would all remember that.

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YARBROUGH: Child abuse and neglect needs to be state's priority

Even if legislation had passed, the investigation of child abuse claims would still be left in the hands of DFCS and with the public lacking sufficient information on child deaths in Georgia.

YARBROUGH: Irritating liberals and conservatives in same week isn’t easy

I wish I had more time to expound on this subject with you but I must get back to the serious responsibilities with which you have entrusted me — providing you with in-depth analyses on current issues. For future reference, please know that I am currently compiling a comprehensive list of parallels between Obamacare and a turkey.

YARBROUGH: Columnist commandos get the latest scoop on Crimea

Since the policy of the federal government seems to be to snoop on the conversations of private citizens, I thought it would be appropriate if we turned the tables on them. So, I authorized my columnist commandos to infiltrate the White House disguised as Teleprompters and get the real scoop on the latest developments in Ukraine.

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YARBROUGH: Celebrating the life and legacy of a great journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

YARBROUGH: Sen. Tippins working to improve Common Core standards

Sen. Lindsey Tippins is a voice in the wilderness surrounded by zealots who can’t wait for the elections to be over so they can get back to hosing public education, but with four school teachers in my family I am glad he is minding the store. School teachers should be, too.

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YARBROUGH: Legislature takes aim at passing 'guns for God'

American humorist Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Ol’ Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

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YARBROUGH: Who wants to live longer without banana pudding?

Scientists also believe there is a correlation between being happy and living a long life. I’ve got a chance here. I am never happier than when I am tweaking the humor-impaired among us and reading their blustery emails.

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YARBROUGH: Loss of old friend reminder of misplaced priorities

I think it’s important to take a moment of personal privilege and remind you how transitory life is and to never lose track of old friends because you are too self-absorbed in your own little world. Sad to say, but I did exactly that to an old friend who deserved better from me.

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YARBROUGH: An open letter to my grandson

When you showed up at my door at Christmas with a plate of cookies you had baked for me after having viewed a grocery commercial that featured a little girl making cookies for her grandfather, you gave me the greatest gift I have received since you first arrived on the planet.

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YARBROUGH: How to monitor who is spending what on our legislators

Don’t forget: You are the ultimate judge of what constitutes ethical behavior under the Gold Dome. That is the way it should be.

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YARBROUGH: A look forward to the new year

Good grief. I just took a peek at next week’s calendar. It says 2014. That can’t be correct. I’m still waiting for Y2K and for all our computers to crash. I must have overslept.

YARBROUGH: There is much to believe in at Christmas

I believe we should do all in our power to preserve the true meaning of Christmas. The season seems to be always under attack for reasons I don’t totally understand and those of us who do celebrate the day seem to forget too quickly what Christmas is really about.

YARBROUGH: Like Mandela, Andrew Young’s journey is one of forgiveness

For all that he has accomplished in his illustrious life perhaps his greatest legacy is that he holds no grudges. The man just doesn’t know how to hate — and I love him for that.

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YARBROUGH: UGA needs your support academically as well as athletically

One of the lingering misconceptions is that state tax dollars fund higher education in Georgia. Not so. Less than 40 percent of the University of Georgia’s operating budget is provided by state appropriations. Tuition and fees provide another 14 percent of the budget. The rest must come from alumni and foundations.

YARBROUGH: Tweaking the humor impaired is dangerous work

“Oh, yeah. I do recall now that I got a lot of mail from readers defending Detroit. What I don’t understand is that most of the letters came from people who now live in Georgia. If Detroit is so great, why don’t they still live there?”

YARBROUGH: Random thoughts

It won’t be long before the Georgia General Assembly gathers once again in Atlanta. I love twitting our intrepid public servants — especially the self-important among them — but they are by-and-large good people trying to do good things. I worry, however, that they still don’t understand our concern about their cozy relationship with lizard-loafered lobbyists.

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YARBROUGH: A warm welcome to UGA's new president

The good news for Jere Morehead is that he is now president. The better news is that he won’t have to worry about me giving you a bunch of unsolicited advice in this column. I tried that with his predecessor and it went over like a lead balloon

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YARBROUGH: A chance to make yourself at home on Mars

I have no interest in looking for Martians or spending the rest of my days with a bunch of wackos. There are enough space cadets right here on earth, thank you, and I don’t have to pay $38 to tell you about them.

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YARBROUGH: A satirical look back at the shutdown

Opinion Column

I asked Junior how the reputation of members of Congress fared in the shutdown. He said the good news was that Americans didn’t rate them any lower after the shutdown than before. The bad news is that they weren’t rated all that highly to begin with.

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YARBROUGH: Not winning Nobel Peace Prize has its own rewards

Sure, it would be neat to hang the Nobel Peace Prize medallion from my rearview mirror along with my fuzzy dice and the million dollars that goes with the prize would be nice, but I’d rather tweak the humor-impaired.

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YARBROUGH: Balfour indictment feeds negative perception of politicians

Whether Sen. Don Balfour is innocent of the charges being leveled against him or not is for others to determine but there is no question that he has made political life more difficult for his colleagues in the General Assembly.

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YARBROUGH: Ticket ban doesn't stop need for more ethics reform

As for ethics reform, giving up football tickets is no big deal. There are still plenty of ways to influence politicians. All it takes is money. If our legislators think the clock has run out on our interest in stronger ethical behavior, they are badly mistaken. They had better strap on their helmets because We the Unwashed are still in this game.

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YARBROUGH: Why we won’t help either side in Syria

Then there is the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made our president, Barack Obama, look like a Chicago community organizer way out of his league. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, does it? Putin even called John Kerry, our Secretary of State, a liar. I would like to have seen him say that if Ronald Reagan was still around.

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YARBROUGH: When it comes to politics and broccoli, I'll pass

While I appreciate the encouragement I have received to enter into politics, it is with a heavy heart that I tell you I must pass on the opportunity. I just don’t think I could make those critical decisions that impact the daily lives of my fellow citizens with broccoli stuffed up my nose.

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YARBROUGH: State school superintendent weighing run for governor

If the superintendent runs — and I believe he will — “uphill” doesn’t begin to describe the challenge Barge has ahead of him. He is going to have to develop a grassroots organization of the first magnitude because big-money contributors always bet on the incumbent. Deal already has a war chest estimated at $1.1 million.

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YARBROUGH: A soggy reminder to be careful what you pray for

I’m not sure how the Supreme Court will rule on the matter, but I do hope that Gov. Nathan Deal doesn’t find himself ankle-deep in water at the Governor’s Mansion one day and order Dr. Gil Watson to come to the Capitol and ask God to make it quit raining so much.

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YARBROUGH: Teachers are grasshoppers in an elephant fight

Hold your head high, teachers. There are a lot of us who appreciate you. I’m one of them and I’m not going away.

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YARBROUGH: Why wasn't Skeeter Skates included on Azerbaijan junket?

Despite a self-congratulatory swipe at ethics reform in the last session, there seems to be nothing stopping the boys and girls of the General Assembly and assorted state bureaucrats from continuing to zip around the globe, courtesy of foreign governments and big corporations like BP and Chevron

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YARBROUGH: Looking back on 15 years of an accidental career

It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for 15 years. I didn’t know I would make it this far. But as long as there are clowns walking the earth, there will always be the need for someone to point them out to you. Thank you for allowing me that opportunity.

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YARBROUGH: Random thoughts on random subjects

Yarbrough touches base on lobbyists, Georgia Tech and more.

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YARBROUGH: Columnist commandos get inside info on Rogers radio gig

There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos.

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YARBROUGH: A salute to a smart man who walked a fine line

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn't difficult to do.. One person who fits that bill -- and is a nice guy.

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YARBROUGH: Visit with Carl Sanders recalls tumultous time in Georgia

When Jimmy Carter ran for the state Senate in 1961 and was defeated, he claimed voter fraud. Carl Sanders, president pro tem of the state senate, supported Carter's claim and provided legal counsel from the Democratic Party. Carter prevailed.. Fast forward to 1970. After serving as Georgia's governor from 1963

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YARBROUGH: The story of friends, strangers and a baseball

This is a story about heroes -- good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.. Hero

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YARBROUGH: State charter school commission in good hands

I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's charter school referendum was rammed through by proponents.

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YARBROUGH: No one can question answer man

Well, boys and girls, I see by the old clock on the wall that it is June already. We know what that means. It is time for Answer Man to dig into the Question Box and see what is on your hearts and

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YARBROUGH: Waiting for atheists to create a sunset or a duck-billed platypus

Dear God:. I apologize for contacting you in such a public manner but there is an issue here in Georgia I need to discuss with You pronto. I thought about bringing it up in my prayers but, frankly, I have so many sins teed up to apologize for that my

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YARBROUGH: Education expert says students aren't blueberries

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:. It looks as if you have survived another year of underwhelming support from state legislators, many of whom would kiss a tree toad if so instructed by the anti-public education crowd. I know it is frustrating

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YARBROUGH: Dalton mayor mulls primary run against Gov. Deal

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary. Say what?. I visited the mayor a couple of weeks ago at his office to see if he was truly serious. He tells me he is and that he will

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YARBROUGH: LaGrange College senior triumphs over life-altering experience

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.. Daniel, a 21-year-old senior at LaGrange College, will be graduating next week with a degree in psychology after a distinguished college career in which he served as president of

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YARBROUGH: GPB deals with an unhappy big bird and talking frogs

RING! RING!. "Hello, this is Teya Ryan, president of Georgia Public Broadcasting. I am calling to ask you to consider a donation to GPB. If you donate $250, we will send you a talking frog.". KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!. "Please excuse me a moment. Yes, Wanda? What is it?"

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YARBROUGH: Boston attack brings back memories of Atlanta bombing

When the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston during the running of the Boston Marathon, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta.

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YARBROUGH: Random thoughts on random subjects

It turns out that you can go home again.

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YARBROUGH: Outstanding equestrian team is UGA's best-kept secret

They are the best University of Georgia athletic team you have likely never heard of. They have won five national titles and go into next week's national championships one of the favorites to win it all again. Their home record is 44-1.

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YARBROUGH: Skeeter Skates not impressed with ethics reform legislation

When the phone rang, I knew who was on the other end: Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. I can't tell you exactly why but the phone always sounds more urgent when Skeeter calls.. One thing about Skeeter Skates. He gets

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YARBROUGH: Going into the lion's den for a worthy cause

I have a good idea what Daniel felt like when he was tossed into the lion's den way back yonder. I found myself last week on the floor of the State House and the State Senate, looking eyeball-to-eyeball with

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YARBROUGH: If not for our natural resources, we could be Iran or Detroit

It is a theological fact that God really likes Georgia. That is why He put mountains in north Georgia and the Golden Isles smack up against the Atlantic Ocean and added a bunch of lakes and parks and historical sites in

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YARBROUGH: This judge has earned his place at the head of the table

Let's face it. Judges can be pretty scary folks to We the Unwashed. But m intent today is to let a good man know that he has made a positive difference in more lives than he can imagine.

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YARBROUGH: For ethics reform, the party isn't over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet.

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