We're adding a little fire and brimstone to the opinion pages of The Valdosta Daily Times today.

Elsewhere on this page, readers will find a new columnist who will appear every Sunday. Dick Yarbrough has more than 40 years experience as a communicator in Georgia. He was with BellSouth for a couple decades before retiring as a vice president in 1993.

Yarbrough then joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as managing director for communications and government relations. It was during this time that I first saw him in action during the planning stages of Olympics coverage.

After the Olympics, Yarbrough went on to write columns, and is now syndicated in many Georgia newspapers. Dr. Raymond Cook, a retired Valdosta State University professor, is a former teacher of Yarbrough's and longtime friend. Cook has been suggesting to me that Yarbrough's column would be a good fit for the VDT, and I think he's right.

Here's how his Web site describes him: "Dick Yarbrough is a Southern philosopher, political pundit and straight-shooting humorist all rolled into one. Seen weekly in more than a half-million households throughout Georgia, his column is an artful mix of comedy and candor that leaves readers amused, inspired or enraged, but always engaged."

See what you think.

It turns out that the Dale Carnegie classes teach a lot more than just how to speak well in public.

Kristin Keiper, who represents Dale Carnegie Training, spoke to the Azalea City Kiwanis Club last week about the positive philosophy behind the Carnegie methodology. She distributed a pamphlet called "Dale Carnegie's Golden Book." I particularly liked the section on how to "cultivate a mental attitude that will bring you peace and happiness."

1. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health and hope.

2. Never try to get even with your enemies.

3. Expect ingratitude.

4. Count your blessings -- not your troubles.

5. Do not imitate others.

6. Try to profit from your losses.

7. Create happiness for others.

They sound simple, but try practicing these steps daily. It's not so easy.

Ron Wayne is the editor of The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at 244-3400, ext. 229, or e-mailed at ron.wayne@gaflnews.com.

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