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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


More wrap up from Legislative Session

When I started reviewing important bills passed during the 2012 Legislative Session, 20 bills immediately came to mind. Last week's article only looked at four of those. Here are six more.

The General Assembly passed the Government Accountability Act (HB 456), which will establish a review process for agency efficiency by creating the Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee.

May 02, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Federal judge sees majesty in law, not jokes

While May 1 is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did.

May 02, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough 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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