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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


Skeeter finds out he has a lot to learn

Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Metropolitan Pooler, called me this week. That was an historic occasion. Maybe not man-landing on-the-moon historic, but pretty close to it. Skeeter rarely ever calls. I think it is because he thinks he knows everything. Being an industry leader in the tree stump removal and plow repair game can do that to a person.

"Hoss," Skeeter said with no preamble, "my associates around the state and I have formed an industry group, The Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair Association of Georgia and, naturally, they appointed me ...

May 16, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Heart and soul of Dawsonville

Last Wednesday morning I was eating breakfast with a friend at the Dawsonville Pool Room as I try to do several times a month. Barbara was there with her new knees looking good, as was GP and Gordon, who was out unusually early and in a suit.

I asked Gordon who's funeral he was attending as that was the only reason he was ever in a suit and since he was upright I didn't think it was for his, at least not today. Little did we know that in less than four hours, another loss would occur in ...

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


Home of the Bully Burger under lockdown

Over the years I've heard many people say: "Gordon Pirkle is rich, he makes all kind of money."

Which might have been true if he had not given so much over the years.

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


Pirkle a family man

First of all I have never written an editorial on anything in my life, I do admire the folks that do and have the guts to write and publish what they believe in.

I am the daughter-in-law of Gordon and Idilene Pirkle. I am married to their eldest son, Lawton.

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


Forever grateful

Gordon's heart is so big. Gordon helped me claim and hold onto my family name! I hope he doesn't mind me telling this now.

Gordon has a unique love and understanding of family and the family name. Some people think a person's name is just what they are given at birth, but it's so much more. I was raised in a single parent household by my mom Myrna West, with help from her mom Ola West and her brother Lyndon West.

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


Daffy Duck, UGA fishing team, Ralston

Just when my life seemed to have lost all meaning, up jumps our Ambassador to Outer Space, Cynthia McKinney, who has announced her intentions to run for Congress as a member of the Green Party this fall in Georgia's 4th District.

May 09, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Overview: Board of Regents

In continuation of our budget series, we will now focus on the state's FY2013 budget appropriations for the Board of Regents.

May 09, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Are you ready for your Yottaflop?

It has been a few years since Vice President Joe Biden visited Dawson County to announce the grant award for the North Georgia Network, or NGN.

Since that time, construction of the all fiber optic network has almost been completed. The dream has become a reality.

May 02, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Patchy tall fescue lawns

Fall of 2016 was a rough season.

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


A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

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


Sharing some concerns for better, for worse

As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...

February 22, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Here we go again

The specter of Elliott Field has resurfaced.

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


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 ...

February 22, 2017 | | 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 ...

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


Boxelder Bugs

We have experienced several periods this winter of above-average temperatures. If you've been outside, you may have noticed that these warm days have led ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Secretary of Agriculture-Designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

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


Affordable health care

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA Law without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including 4 million ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Actions of Commissioners Called into Question

3-1 votes have cost the county thousands of dollars as Commissioners Julie Nix, Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby, by coincidence and without public comment, vote ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Act now to prevent summer fruit problems

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and ...

February 08, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy time at the capitol

The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.

February 08, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thank You Rep. Kevin Tanner

First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The inordinate power of a district federal judge

We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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