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Fast Approaching Sine Die

This week marks Day 38 of the 40-day legislative session. We have reached the point where committees are no longer meeting and we are working through the House bills that have been reported favorable by their respective committee.

March 29, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Atlanta Motorsports Park is here to stay and wants more

The county originally turned the AMP rezoning request down, so in 2007 the City of Dawsonville went slipping through the wood all the way from the city annexing property as they went out into the middle of the country and impacted the country's peace and quiet, quality of life, wildlife, nature and turned it into a racetrack.

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy week headed toward session's end

The Georgia General Assembly reconvened under the Gold Dome on Monday, March 20 for day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Sine die is this Thursday, and the House had another busy week of reviewing legislation in committee hearings, voting on bills and resolutions on the House floor and giving final passage to several bills that will now be considered by Governor Deal.

March 29, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital, and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 22. It will be held at three locations throughout Dawson County.

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest priority for the last few legislative days. The Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) general budget, House Bill 44, is near completion. The Senate and House both have their own versions and each is standing steadfast, so the $25 billion budget will now head to a Conference Committee that will work to come up with a compromise on a budget that is fiscally responsible.

March 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying to support private schools with state tax dollars. Before we increase tax credits to individuals and corporations from $58 million to $100 million, let's look at the record of student performance in students who have already been using this tax credit.

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). We were joined outside his office by over 100 friends from all over the 9th district. Since Rep. Collins refuses to hold in person town halls, we went to him!

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and flower beds. The loose soil of a freshly turned garden plot is also the perfect environment for a fire ant colony. Besides being unsightly, fire ants can be downright dangerous, as some people can be seriously allergic to their stings.

March 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working after Crossover Day

Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.

March 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day is complete

We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.

March 15, 2017 | By Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

March 15, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A new future in Georgia

With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative Session will conclude.

March 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contradictions in Bills on public education

Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be discussed and studied in the Senate.

March 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 08, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Herbicide carryover in mulches, manure

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now. Seeds and transplants have taken off and begun to grow tall and strong.

May 24, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The truth is that there is no fake news here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 17, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A small sacrifice

I have always had a thing about shoes.

May 17, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Hogs not happy at being compared with politicians

A few years ago, I decided that what this country needed was an organization that specialized in both in-depth analysis of major political developments, as ...

May 10, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Meetings can provide friends, food and facts

I've probably been an "organizational" person most of my life.

May 10, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Politics over people

The most morally egregious bill every passed by Republicans in the United States House of Representatives passed last week.

May 10, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Periodical cicadas emerging in North Georgia

We will soon have the opportunity to witness the emergence of something only seen every 17 years. Red-eyed periodical cicadas are emerging now in north ...

May 03, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Having a chance to repay a debt owed to my alma mater

There are few people, places or things for which I have more passion than the University of Georgia and the Henry W. Grady College of ...

May 03, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The Yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch.

May 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Destructive beetle kills trees

I have recently received several calls about trees suddenly dying. Upon close inspection, the trees had several small toothpick-like structures hanging off the trunks and ...

April 26, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislature turns adoption efforts into political sausage

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 26, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Wonderful park experience

I started going to work out and walk at Rock Creek Park around three years ago with my fiance.

April 26, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taking a look beyond April

This is another column that should have been written last week or even two weeks ago.

April 26, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s first ladies make their own mark in state

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

April 19, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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