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FY 2012 amended budget passes by unanimous vote

A miracle took place in the House of Representatives last week. For the first time in recorded history, a budget passed without a single dissenting vote on either side of the aisle.

Last January Gov. Nathan Deal conservatively estimated state revenues of $18.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2012.

February 08, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s time for annual State of the Column

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, I am required to submit annually a State of the Column message. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stand and applaud if you hear something that floats your boat or look bored if you don't. You may be on television.

"My fellow Georgians, ladies and gentlemen and significant others, I am pleased to tell you the state of this column has never been better. (Applause.)

February 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A thanks for defending education in column

I just wanted to thank Dick Yarbrough for his recent column about teachers and the state of education in Georgia.

I am glad he will be watching Chip Rogers to see if he tries his vouchers bill again.

February 01, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Much going on at Gold Dome

The 2012 Legislative Session is off to a fast start, as lawmakers have already passed several pieces of legislation and met to discuss the governor's budget recommendations.

In addition to my duties at the Capitol, I spent time this week meeting with several key leaders from throughout the 51st District, as well as my constituents.

February 01, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baptist leader speaks right from heart

Whew, that was close. I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp) Southern Baptist.

Let me add here that there have been times when the Rev. Dr. Gil Watson, the world's greatest preacher, has become so weary of trying to save my sorry soul that he would gladly trade me to the Baptists, Presbyterians or even the Islamic Center for the Advancement of Self Pity in return for two altos, a Sunday school teacher and an usher to be named later. Dr. Gil only has these thoughts when I insult some demographic ...

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


Mayor’s Day a success

The mayors and city officials from around Georgia hosted a breakfast for the General Assembly and selected state-wide officers on Jan. 23.

Mayor Gary McCullough, the Dahlonega City Council, Senator Steve Gooch and I were present for the occasion.

February 01, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Obama in the world of make believe

There must be some irony in the timing of President Obama's recent trip to Disney World. He returned to his home base of "fantasy land" to give an address regarding the need to boost tourism. He looked a tad on the silly side using Cinderella's Castle as his backdrop while exclaiming "America is open for business!" Taking a vacation in the middle of a depression is hardly a choice when you are unemployed.

Yet just hours earlier, the president was turning "thumbs-down," killing the Keystone XL Pipeline in our midwest.

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


Governor starts the 2012 Budget process

Last week was budget week at the Capitol. The Appropriations Com-mittees of both the Senate and House held joint hearings from the governor and his department heads.

Gov. Nathan Deal has set the "revenue estimate" for FY 2013 at $19.2 billion.

January 25, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thoughts on politics, journalists, birthday girl

State Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, one of our two unelected lieutenant governors - Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, is the other - sent out a puff piece taking much credit for authoring a bill to require local school boards to consider a teacher's "effectiveness," not seniority, when getting rid of teachers.

People both inside and outside state government tell me that Williams has solved a problem that doesn't exist. Many school boards are already doing this. Seniority is a big issue in the Northeast, where there are teachers' unions. We have none in Georgia.

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


Are you ready for some doing?

Most of us can find good excuses for breaking any New Year's resolutions we may have made - and mine is physical disability.

It's not that I have been very physically active in the last several years, but over the holidays I compounded my ailing-back-syndrome and thus postponed "getting back to some activities (including Silver Sneakers exercise)" that I was doing before my forced inactivity during summer and early fall.

January 18, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Future looks bright for Georgia

In what is normally a traditionally ceremonial first day of session, members of the Georgia General Assembly passed two significant bills aimed at setting a positive course for Georgia's future.

On the opening day of session, Senators worked to advance student achievement in the classroom and ensure the right people are in place to lead our students.

January 18, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Governor’s State of the State Address signals start of Session

Officially, the 2012 Legislative Session began on Jan. 9.

On Jan. 10 we got our marching orders from the Governor in his State of the State Address.

January 18, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s education chief: Teachers are life-changing

State School Superintendent John Barge knows what teachers can do, given the opportunity.

"A teacher turned my life around," he said in a recent telephone conversation.

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


KARE for Kids is appreciated

I would like to express my appreciation to the KARE for Kids organization.

Their work makes such a difference at Christmas for so many children. The people at Bethel United Methodist Church that took the applications were so nice and caring.

January 11, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Outback Bowl proves some phrases never go out of style

The folks at Lake Superior State University in Michigan have just released their recommendation for words and phrases that should be erased from our vocabulary in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

Why Lake Superior State? And why the list? Well, for one thing, they don't have a football team which gives them a lot of time to think about stuff like this. I wish Lake Superior State did have a football team and maybe Georgia could have played them in the Outback Bowl instead of that other ...

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


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Georgia’s first ladies make their own mark in state

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local ...

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


The PSC will have to face reality

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

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


Organic fertilizers

Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production. Defining what "organic" means can vary from one person to the next ...

April 12, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


This week a time to remember what Easter is all about

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

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


Climate change a hoax?

Last week the Trump Administration launched an attack on the health of American families and our environment when Trump signed an executive order rolling back ...

April 05, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broccoli up the nose ends any thoughts of a political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

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


We no longer have a legislature

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would ...

April 05, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital, and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 22. It will ...

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy week headed toward session's end

The Georgia General Assembly reconvened under the Gold Dome on Monday, March 20 for day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Sine die is this ...

March 29, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Atlanta Motorsports Park is here to stay and wants more

The county originally turned the AMP rezoning request down, so in 2007 the City of Dawsonville went slipping through the wood all the way from ...

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fast Approaching Sine Die

This week marks Day 38 of the 40-day legislative session. We have reached the point where committees are no longer meeting and we are working ...

March 29, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and ...

March 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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