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Immigration, taxes, healthcare top activity

The committee process started in earnest last week. As Chairperson of the House Science and Technology Committee, I have scheduled meetings at 8 a.m. every Wednesday morning. These sessions can be watched live online or at some later time. They will be videotaped and archived for your review.

February 02, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Repeal Obamacare

The election results at the national level in November underscored the fact that people do not want government encroaching upon their individual freedoms. One of the most personal aspects of a person's life is their decision regarding their health care needs. President Obama's health care legislation compromised fundamental constitutional rights of citizens as well increase the size of federal government. The U.S. House's vote to repeal Obamacare was a dramatic move to swing the pendulum back to common sense public policy in Washington.

February 02, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


More questions than answers

Ms. Bette Holland's (Democratic Party Co-Chair) Letter to the Editor touts the wonders of Obamacare, while denigrating attempts to repeal it by people who were elected to do that very thing. As facts in Obamacare slowly ooze out, I shudder as I recall Nancy Pelosi's comment, "we have to pass the bill to know what's in the bill."

February 02, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Time to reveal a ‘well-kept’ secret

Now that I'm so old that people don't expect very much of me and compliment me on just being able to be out and about, I can admit something that many may already know: If you really don't have talents, just act as if you do.

February 02, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Developing the state budget is a journey of many steps

Developing the state budget is a lot like making sausage. You have to follow the rules (recipe) carefully. Many steps are required and they have to be done in the proper order.

January 26, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Library expresses gratitude

On behalf of the Dawson County Library, I would like to commend the Dawson County Roads Department for their admirable performance during the recent snowstorm.

January 26, 2011 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taking the reigns of District 51

Despite an icy start to this year's legislative session, I'm eagerly beginning my journey as state senator for the 51st District.

January 26, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Snowstorm doesn’t stop session from beginning

What do a snowstorm, Inaugural Address, and State of the State Address have in common? They all occurred last week in Atlanta as the General Assembly attempted to get the 2011 session underway.

January 19, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Republicans should work for the people

Next week the new Republican Congress will act to repeal the Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare" as the Republicans and their pundits call it.

January 19, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Some wishes about the new and the old

Of course, my first message must be "Happy New Year." I do hope that 2011 will be a good one for each of you.

January 05, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Looking forward to the new year

I trust that each of you had a blessed Christmas this year.

January 05, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Take another look at the death of common sense

This piece was first published in the Indianapolis Star, but as we get ready for the next sessions of Congress and the Georgia General Assembly, I believe it deserves repeating. It is probably more true today than it was when Dr. Borgman first wrote it. Enjoy and reflect.

December 29, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Our Community

As we come to the end of another year in Dawson County, we can't help but look back on what the past 12 months have brought.

December 29, 2010 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Assembly is the time for leaders to ‘fish or cut bait’

As we near the 2011 Session of the General Assembly, discussion topics get tougher because we are getting closer to the time we must either "fish or cut bait."

December 22, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Christmas traditions shaped us

Many of the traditional customs we've come to observe during the holiday season, like decorating our homes and sending Christmas cards, were uncommon practices in the early years of our country. Before the 19th century, most Americans worked on Christmas. For generations, it was treated just like any other day.

December 22, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Bo Callaway will be missed

Most young Georgians have never heard of Bo Callaway, a gentleman from Georgia.

April 16, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Remember what Easter is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


April a multi-faceted month

April is traditionally known for showers, blooming trees and shrubs and early flowers. We have had our share of those (including the pollen) and are enjoying the "popping out" beauty.

April 16, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Child abuse prevention a priority

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.

April 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session not good for all

Last week Sen. Steven Gooch and Rep. Kevin Tanner wrote about the end of the general session and the bills they had sponsored and that had been passed. Some good was done.

April 02, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Participation in the local community is important

If you attended the annual meeting of the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association, you don't need to read this column. However, not many of you were there.

April 02, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Pleasing everyone impossible

Even by my impossibly high standards, this has been a good week. It began with a whack upside the head from a reader in south Georgia after I opined that those who want to change the way we teach our children in public schools ought to have their kids in public schools. I was referring to the efforts led by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to overturn the Common Core curriculum in the recent legislative session.

April 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session comes to an end

The 2014 legislative session came to an end March 20, when the House and Senate completed the 40th and final legislative day.

March 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The final hours of ‘Sine Die’

On the last day of the 2013 legislative session, a bill that would have substantially protected and enforced the Second Amendment rights of all Georgians failed to receive final legislative approval in the late night hours. Supporters of that bill, including myself, were extremely disappointed in the outcome, but we committed ourselves to making sure a stronger Second Amendment protection bill was brought back in 2014.

March 26, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A real cowboy, man

My high school friend in Texas stood about 5'4," yet even the biggest football players gave him a wide berth when he walked down the hall.

March 26, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Latest on Crimea

Since the policy of the federal government seems to be to snoop on the conversations of private citizens, I thought it would be appropriate if we turned the tables on them. So, I authorized my columnist commandos to infiltrate the White House disguised as teleprompters and get the real scoop on the latest developments in Ukraine.

March 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Dog part would be welcome addition

My husband and I have lived in Dawson County for the last eight years. We have found it to be a very pleasant experience. However, there is one thing that could make it even more pleasant, a dog park.

March 19, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tackling the tough topics

One of the greatest things about serving District 51 is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Georgians statewide.

March 19, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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