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It all happened so gradually

This age of instant gratification also works in reverse: Whether results are good or bad, if we don't see them immediately or looming in the near future, we don't believe anything is happening.

Man-made activities that affect the world environment have happened and are happening so gradually that it is easy to deny any effect, especially if we do not want to make changes.

June 20, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Methodists more than a match for secularists

I received a press release last week from the Secular Coalition for America, a group of "atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans" announcing plans to establish a chapter in Georgia to lobby state lawmakers.

Among the things they don't like in our state are the annual Clergy Day at the state capitol and a law that "requires" that "In God We Trust" be printed on license plates.

June 20, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What to consider before voting on T-SPLOST

Many of you have called wanting to discuss the upcoming referendum on the 1 cent transportation sales tax, T-SPLOST.

I have learned that not all of you will vote for the tax in spite of it being pushed by most local governments and chambers of commerce.

June 06, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Golden Isles don’t need any approval

Have you ever heard of Florida International University? I must admit they don't come to mind when talking about institutions of higher learning. Perhaps that is because I think first of the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, current state football champions and home to 18 Rhodes Scholars. Woof! Woof!

OK, maybe FIU has more students than UGA but so does University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and nobody has heard of it, either.

June 06, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Violence is a reality I try to avoid

Obviously, if one is aware of the popularity of "The Avengers" and similar movies, I am a minority when I decry violence in movies, television, video games, etc. But I usually just don't watch it.

Sweat and tears I can abide, but scratch the blood.

June 06, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tax exemption puts ‘happy’ back into happy birthday

During the 2012 Legislative Session, the Georgia General Assembly adopted HB 386, a comprehensive tax package aimed at creating a friendlier tax structure for Georgia families and businesses.

One of the most discussed portions of House Bill 386 will eliminate the "birthday tax" Georgians pay on vehicles each year.

June 06, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Think twice about apartment project

As an ex-city council member and ex-county commissioner, I understand some of what things cost and what pays in Dawson County.

For instance, what it costs per person in Dawson County for infrastructure.

May 30, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Alliance continues meeting needs of Dawson community

You may have been aware of the Alliance of Churches of Dawson County as that group has prepared and served "open house" Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. The dinners were especially for families who currently could not provide such a feast for themselves and for individuals who might otherwise be alone on that holiday.

The alliance is now offering assistance to those same citizens who may need minor home repairs.

May 30, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The debt we will never be able to repay

My father turns 92 next week.

In college he felt bad things were going to happen so he joined the Navy. Two months later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He spent the next four years fighting in the Pacific.

May 23, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Irony and justice

The irony of the lack of a will to reduce spending in Washington is just mind boggling.

The total income our government needs to operate this year comes to $3.796 trillion.

May 23, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Take time to remember

Memorial Day. What is it? To most of today's Americans it is a vacation day from work, a day stores have their white sales, and swimming pools and lakes beckon families.

But that is not really what Memorial Day is, it is the day we remember those who gave so much for our freedom as a people and a nation.

May 23, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Stand up for rights

When did we click "Agree" to this Lack of Privacy and Security Policy?

If you are an Etowah Water and Sewer Authority customer you may have seen, or will soon see, a notice stuck to your mail box informing you that this Water Utility is switching your water meter to a "smart meter" under the guise of a directive of GA Senate Bill 370. This legislation did not mandate "smart meters" but that water utilities be able to account for their water usage and losses.

May 23, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A letter to state’s teachers

I write to applaud you for having made it through another year in Georgia's public schools. Good for you. Frankly, I wonder sometimes why you do what you do and then I remember that you are changing young lives for the better. Not many of us can make that claim.

Your rewards for your efforts are unpaid furlough days, larger class sizes, no pay increases (but increased expenses) and a second-guessing public that seems to feel you should be able to stop all of society's ills at the classroom door. And then there are the politicians who promote ...

May 23, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Spiro tries to help Speaker with public

"Mr. Speaker, may I come in?"

"Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff."

May 23, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To our wonderful community

The family of Christopher Blalock wants to express their sincere appreciation to all of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Kevin Tanner, Chaplain Mike Owens, Ted Bearden and son and Gordon Pirkle for their tremendous help and support to us during the loss of our son. You could not ask for a better community than we have.

It really means a lot to know we have such a caring community and our sincere thanks to all the citizens of our great community. A community we are very proud to call home.

May 16, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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

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March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | 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 ...

March 22, 2017 | | 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 ...

March 22, 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 ...

March 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | 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


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


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


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


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 ...

March 08, 2017 | | 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 ...

March 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | 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 ...

March 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | 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


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 ...

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


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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