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Watching games 16 years after Atlanta

Hard to believe, but it has been 16 years since the Olympic Games were held in our state.

As I watch the festivities in London, I remembered the phone calls I had received over the past year from media members in Great Britain, asking me if I had any thoughts on what was going to happen when the Games began in London.

August 01, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


College dean earned a lifetime of respect

In one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs, "Okie From Muskogee," Haggard writes about the local college saying "Football's still the roughest thing on campus and the kids there still respect the college dean."

Herbert Robinson was the first dean of what was then Gainesville Junior College. They didn't have football, but I am quite confident the kids truly respected the college dean.

August 01, 2012 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some things I will miss

And others I won't.

As the community recently paid respects and said final farewell to beloved members Charles Finley and Dr. Herbert Robinson, many were aware of what they personally would miss with these two gone.

August 01, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Strengthen the S.T.E.M.

I knew the adults were upset again. I had first seen it when I was very young living in Cuba.

The Castro revolution had advanced to the Navy base perimeter and the adults were tense. Military families left Cuba shortly thereafter.

July 25, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Recent trip a reminder to take nothing for granted

I have just returned from a memorable trip to Valdosta. I went there to speak to the Rotary Club. The members laughed in all the right places, which not only was memorable, but downright remarkable.

What made the trip even more special were two visits I made while there. I dropped by to see my beloved college professor, Dr. Raymond Cook on his 93rd birthday. My detractors will find little comfort in this but I would not be where I am today had I not been assigned Dr. Cook's English Literature course in the spring term of my freshman ...

July 25, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Airport authority necessary?

One of the most contentious issues facing Dawson County has been the conversion of Elliott Field to a regional airport.

All studies have concluded this is not a suitable location for such a facility and the vast majority of the areas residents are opposed to such a drastic transformation.

July 25, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Officials wasteful with tax dollars

The courthouse is beautiful, right? Most agree that it is. Just like a large diamond ring, it is beautiful to see. But in these strained economic times neither is practical.

In 2007 (economic boom times) the voters approved SPLOST V by a large percentage of those few who voted.

July 25, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


I am now certified

Would you allow an unlicensed electrician to install a bug zapper in your living room?

Would you let an unlicensed plumber unclog the throne in your reading room?

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


Correct decisions made for government center

I saw a candidate sign that seemed to me to say that our new county courthouse was wasteful government spending and that the county could have gotten along just fine with what we had.

People that used our old building or tried to keep it going know that the now gone courthouse was too small and at the end of its useful life and that it had no architectural value that warranted preservation.

July 18, 2012 | By Gary Pichon For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The other side of what health care decision means to Georgia

Last week Rep. Amos Amerson (Republican, 9th District) wrote about the Supreme Court Decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as the Republicans like to call it.

He called it a tax that would fall primarily on young people and the poor people who can't afford it.

July 18, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Everybody is talking about …

Of course, everyone talks about the weather, although we can't control it.

Records substantiate our complaints about the heat: It really hadn't been that hot on any other Independence Day - all over the country.

July 11, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plum Nelly Pitts: Higgs boson won’t fix stupid

News bulletin: Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that looks remarkably like the long-sought Higgs boson.

Sometimes called the "God particle" because its existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe, the hunt for the Higgs involved thousands of scientists from all over the world.

July 11, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What the Supreme Court decisions mean to Georgia

Recently the United States Supreme Court issued rulings and then ran for cover.

Not all of the rulings were generally acceptable to ordinary citizens, particularly to those living in the 28 states which had opposed "The Affordable Care Act," commonly referred to as ObamaCare.

July 11, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Safe boating needs a priority for Lanier

In boating vernacular, "setting a course" means to plot one's journey before raising the sails in hopes of arriving at one's destination safely. As the chairman of the board for Islands Management Company, the entity responsible for the operations of Lake Lanier Islands Resort, I feel it is high time we - as a cohesive community -proactively set our course for a safer Lake Sidney Lanier together.

The recent tragedy on the lake that resulted in the senseless and tragic loss of the lives of two young boys should sound a warning signal to all lakeside homeowners, businesses associated ...

July 04, 2012 | By Virgil R. Williams For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Congratulations Judge Gosselin

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin on her appointment by Chief Justice George H. Carley of the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve on the newly formed Accountability Court Funding Committee.

Judge Gosselin will have the opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on Georgia's justice system through her service on the committee, which is part of the state's efforts to establish drug courts and mental health courts to provide sentencing alternatives for some non-violent offenders.

July 04, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Paying tribute to a special professor who made a difference

If you are a regular observer of this space, you are no doubt familiar with the story I am about to share.

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


It’s time to show some common sense on tax breaks

Is Georgia doling out too many tax breaks?

July 26, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

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


Georgia has its own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 19, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 12, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Surely we can do better than this

Those who read my (now infrequent) columns are aware that I usually focus on encouragement and optimism.

July 12, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do they value our lives?

This week our U.S. Senators will return to Washington, D.C. and decide the fate of the lives of millions of Americans.

July 12, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter skates learns about face paint and twerping

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling.

July 05, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Random thoughts on random subjects like education, politics and law enforcement

Oh, barf. The Georgia Center for Opportunity - whatever that is - has come out with a report card, giving As and A-pluses to cut-and-run legislators who ...

June 28, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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