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You can accomplish much with no credit

It's time to look back on some of the more important pieces of legislation I've had an impact on over the last 12 years before my retirement as your House District 9 State Representative takes effect in January.

This will be the first in a series of columns analyzing some of those pieces of legislation that I feel have had a positive impact on the lives of my constituents.

November 14, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The truth and nothing but

The Russian Tu-154 bumped hard on the runway in a jolting announcement to all onboard that we had arrived in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

I worked my way through the customs and immigration lines wishing that the late-night processing would go quickly. A warm hotel bed awaited.

November 07, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A salute to war heroes

Because of the timing of my column deadline, I will have to defer comment on the elections until next week. I can say this much, however. We cast our votes freely and with no tanks in the street.

As imperfect as we may think ourselves to be, this is still the greatest country on earth. The only thing that can change that is our own apathy and lack of appreciation for the freedoms we have. These freedoms haven't come cheap. They have been earned through the sacrifice of those in our military over the years that put their life ...

November 07, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What’s Amendment 2 on the ballot all about?

Now that early voting has begun, many voters are learning for the first time that there are two different constitutional amendments to the Georgia Constitution at the end of the ballot.

The first amendment, concerning public charter schools, has received a lot of attention.

October 24, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s more about how than what

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives says he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter school amendment, which is set for a vote on Nov. 6.

Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do research before making a decision

Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks each voter: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

As life-long educators, we have sought insight and answers to the reason for this question.

October 24, 2012 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Vote ‘no’ on Nov. 6

It has been my honor to serve our students, parents and community on the Dawson County Board of Education for 23 years.

During that time, I have taken my responsibility to act in the best interests of children very seriously. During the 23 years, I have never felt it necessary to write a letter to the newspaper on a single issue, as I now feel compelled to do regarding a constitutional amendment.

October 24, 2012 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

Attorney Glenn Delk and proponents are clearly trying to intimidate opponents of the amendment by accusing the state's 180 local school districts of illegally using taxpayer money to campaign against the amendment.

October 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Agreeing with opinions of others

Recently, I've read several statements that I find highly interesting and want to share.

I have also heard some good things, but it's safer to quote the written word unless one has a recorder.

October 10, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


School had impact on students with special needs

If you aren't careful, it is easy to get pessimistic these days. We have gotten too loud, too adversarial, too politically-correct, too ethically-challenged, too secular and too narrow-minded - not to mention slightly humor-impaired.

Just when I think that maybe this world and those that occupy it are beyond redemption, I run across someone like Ava White and I am reminded that there are good people quietly doing good things for all the right reasons.

October 10, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Like it or not, we have to make choices

Last week I had a chance conversation with a friend who succinctly summarized part of what many of us ordinary people have been thinking about present-day politics: "I just want to understand how some of these policies and pieces of legislation will affect me."

Well, I thought, maybe politicians and pundits do explain their versions and it's like studying the Bible from different translations: It may be a matter of interpretation.

October 03, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee says UGA tops on list

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Ga., just called me with what he said was an exciting development.

It either had to be that he had the latest poll numbers on the presidential race - Junior runs our polling firm, Round or Square Polling Inc. - or that he had finally gotten the termites out of Arveen Ridley's barn - Junior is also a certified pest control professional.

October 03, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What is that amendment about?

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" That sounds like an innocuous question to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

My first question was: Why is a constitutional amendment necessary?

September 26, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Leader refutes charter claims

With the vote on the charter school amendment just over a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know. I have felt it.

I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case for the amendment. For my trouble, a number of anti-charter advocates wondered if I was going soft on them and backers of the bill continued to accuse me of giving out "misinformation." I love this job.

September 26, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fear can paralyze

You would have thought someone would have checked this out before they sent this guy to help me, but apparently not. I came down out of the Mt. Hagen highlands of Papua New Guinea after about four weeks to finish up some work in the coastal swamps.

I was out of the cool mountains and into the hot sticky flatlands. I met my help at the airstrip and we soon found ourselves pitching tents in a grassy reed area near some bogs.

September 26, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | 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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