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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


Conservatism questioned

I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day approaching

On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation to address important issues facing our great state.

March 01, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broadband Access Moves Forward with Senate Bill 232

Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the night and Senators working hard to pass legislation before Crossover Day on Friday.

March 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The halfway point

This week marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and the end of week six here at the state Capitol. From committee meetings, to the many special guests we honored on the Senate floor, it has certainly been a busy week here, and the pace is sure to continue in the next 20 days.

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


What will Republicans do?

The Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. Unfortunately, although they always said they would "repeal and replace" they have no replacement ready yet.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A government owned airport in Dawson County?

The City of Dawsonville is proposing that they buy an airport with everybody elses' money.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Recent high profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 21, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Will the United States be left behind?

Earlier this month, Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. While his action may score political points with the ...

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Always remember

It's time once again to celebrate our great country's independence and freedom.

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia can learn from Kansas' mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C. but out to the west in Kansas.

June 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


How to control chigger bites

Have you ever walked through your yard or hiked through the woods only to return with red, itchy bumps? These are most likely caused by ...

June 07, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Cut and run ideologues make job even more difficult for school teachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trump’s cruel budget plans

As if the passage of the Trump/Ryan healthcare plan which will take insurance away from 23 million people wasn't enough, now we have ...

June 07, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Enjoy the tranquility

We moved to Dawson County to enjoy the tranquility of a rural community. We are disappointed to see the City of Dawsonville support activities that ...

June 07, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front ...

May 31, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A loving farewell to the world's greatest preacher

In my book, the word "unique" is an absolute.

May 31, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some things the poet didn't envision

"Out of the hills of Habersham, down the valleys of Hall" -- ln 1879 when Georgia poet Sidney Lanier wrote those lines of "Song of the ...

May 31, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


No parliament here

In the United States of America, if an elected body wishes to remove a leader that has been elected by the people, that removal process ...

May 31, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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