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Nuclear waste management is a key to energy independence

Representatives from France and French firms met with American industry executives and academics at Georgia Tech recently where the discussion centered on how recycling in France reduces nuclear waste by more than 95 percent.

The procedure of refurbishing spent fuel rods is commonly called reprocessing in the United States and recycling in France.

November 16, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Ralston may spend holiday closer to home

Knock! Knock! Knock!

"Come in. Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff. How are you, Spiro?"

November 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

One unnoticed thing at a time

In the last issue of "Panorama," The Georgia Conservancy's quarterly magazine, Conservancy President Pierre Howard eulogized former board member Ray Anderson, who had recently died.

Howard wrote about a speech that he heard Anderson give in 2005 at the Carter Center. He was dealing with the question "How could a living planet - the rarest and most precious thing in the universe - lose its biosphere, its essential livability?"

November 16, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

It is our duty to vote

As you know, well as some of you know, on Nov. 8, there was an election held in the city to elect two council members and pass or reject alcohol sales on Sunday within the city.

But only 264 ballots were cast voting for city council members out of 1,104 registered voters within the city.

November 16, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Calling water dirty

I see on the Web that some folks think that a reservoir is a dirty idea for Dawson County.

They oppose it saying that it will eliminate habitat for a protected species of fish and that it will harm downstream communities by using "their water."

November 16, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Update on solar power, nuclear power and coal in Georgia

As chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, I get many opportunities to see up close and personal what's happening in Georgia with all the energy options we have available. I had not realized that Atlanta has so many solar installations until I toured some of them recently.

Turner Enterprises has covered their Luckie Street parking facilities with 25 solar canopies that can provide 228,000 watts of electrical power annually. We were not told the cost of the installation, but these canopies are expected to provide 25 percent of the power needs at a savings of $30 ...

November 09, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Shout-outs to Bryant, Charlie and Valerie .....

Oops! I left the "t" off the Rev. Bryant Wright's name in last week's column about the possibility of the Southern Baptist Convention dropping "Southern" from its name.

I was just so excited to learn that whatever the organization's future nomenclature, the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern (sic) Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., will continue to favor us with his observations on such critical theological issues as yoga and women preachers. (Al doesn't approve of either and I don't approve of Al, but that's a topic for another day).

November 09, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

In touch with local government

As we enter November, we are concluding two of Dawson County's very successful programs for the year.

The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated 24 participants on Nov. 1. The 10 week program gives participants an in-depth look at how their local government operates.

November 09, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Time to consolidate

I was struck by the irony of a comment attributed to Dawsonville Mayor Pro-tem James Grogan as to the reason the city passed an ordinance prohibiting pigs and chickens.

"To avoid having agricultural businesses that could be a nuisance to residents," was cited in a front page article in the Dawson Community News titled "Local farmer considers de-annexation from city."

November 09, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Learn how to drive

I am hoping you will allow me to express my concern. I think people are forgetting how to drive. Two issues I see most often are confusion at roundabouts and failing to use blinkers. I would like to remind everyone that roundabouts require you to yield to traffic already in the roundabout (aka the vehicle that might wreck into you). Find a gap in traffic and enter the circle. You can only go right in roundabouts. Keep an eye out for pedestrians.

As for blinkers, I am not sure when it happened, but apparently we do not use them anymore ...

November 09, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Mama said there’d be days like this

The tabloid headlines recently screamed that Kim Kardashian's decision to file for divorce was a shocking surprise.

Really? Did anyone not see this coming? In fact, I can almost bet their wedding vows were taken to an oath of Nielsen ratings and media deals.

November 09, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Baptists have bigger problem than the south

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently that he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems that the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

The 20-member task force includes eight pastors, two state convention executives, a college president, a group of lay people and two seminary presidents, including the Rev. Albert Mohler, president ...

November 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Watching nature fly from the Gulf side

Lazy, sunny, warm October days at Cape San Blas are not what they used to be. No more swimming in the surf, floating on calm waters, not even walking on the beach.

For several years, I'm content to enjoy sea, sand and sun from a comfortable seat on the porch or deck.

November 02, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Protesters un-bearable idea

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in north Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

Ring! Ring!

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

It’s not the schools, it’s the stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?"

State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

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Passage of Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District Amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets.

October 26, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Tea Olive brings fragrant fall flowers

One of my absolute favorite fall-flowering plants is the Fragrant Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Given its name, you'd be right to assume this plant ...

October 19, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Keep your family safe this Halloween

There is an old adage which states, "With age comes wisdom."

October 19, 2016 | By Jeff Johnson | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name.

October 12, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Drought affecting fall garden plans

The severe lack of rainfall so far in 2016 has had a major impact on North Georgia.

October 12, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Whose opportunity is it?

This fall Georgia voters will go to the polls not only to elect a new President, but also they will be asked to vote on ...

October 12, 2016 | By Terry Ryan | LETTERS/COLUMNS

It's all about education

When strangers in a doctor's waiting room chide me for failing to write columns, maybe there are more than my loyal friends who are ...

October 12, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Who has spoken out against Amendment 1?

As we get closer to Election Day, it is important that voters learn about what is on the ballot besides candidates.

October 12, 2016 | By Conrad Scohier | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Pansy planting

Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape.

October 05, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Amendment could have negative impact

This November, there is a proposed amendment to our state's constitution that, if passed, will likely impact our local schools negatively. It will read ...

October 05, 2016 | By Brian Roberts | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Family humbled by support

Saying "thank you" just doesn't seem enough. You go to bed one night as normal and you wake up to your world never being ...

October 05, 2016 | By Richard and Debbie Ridings | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by ...

October 04, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Is this bed-wetting liberal really a right-wing redneck?

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner ...

September 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Former teacher and coach inspired successful blood drive

In his long career as a teacher and coach in Dawsonville, the late Charles Finley inspired thousands of students, and his memory inspired a blood ...

September 28, 2016 | By Toni Holmes | LETTERS/COLUMNS

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