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10th anniversary of 9/11 is a time for reflection

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, please take time to remember the innocent Americans who were lost on that fateful day at the hands of terrorists. Also, take time to remember the courage and dedication and sacrifice of the police officers and firefighters who perished at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. And who can forget the bravery and inspirational teamwork of the passengers of Flight 93?

I give thanks that we live in a country guided by morality. In fact, our founding fathers created a Constitution for a moral people. John Adams was one of America's ...

September 07, 2011 | By Clint Smith For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Governor signs state House, Senate maps

Last week Gov. Nathan Deal signed the state House and Senate legislative district maps, and by the time you read this, he may have also signed the congressional maps which add a new 14th district.

Lumpkin County is in the center of that new district, which will continue to be the 9th Congressional District.

August 31, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

On the way to a slow recovery

Does my title herald another political treatise? Well it might, because that is the message of some politicians and pundits. It is also my personal message of the moment.

I write this on Friday afternoon of a week in which I can really see light at the end of this "tunnel summer."

August 24, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

School store could promote togetherness

Another school year is here and the excitement of new friends, teachers and new experiences are the first thought of all of us. I wanted to just mention something that I've been thinking about for a while.

It's not too late, although the classes have already begun. I hope each school and their teachers may see this column and will consider the possibilities that providing this one thing can change everyone's outlook for the day, month or year.

August 24, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Redistricting and impact on the 51st District

Special Session

The General Assembly was called in special session last week to undergo the arduous task of reapportionment. This is a process done every 10 years to redistrict the state to ensure equal representation based on current population.

August 24, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Treatment Court makes a difference

By all accounts the Dawson County Treatment Court is a huge success. However, no one should be misled to think that the Drug Court is easy for the participants.

The requirements are stringent, there is no tolerance for noncompliance, all personal search rights are waived, and if the participant fails to meet the criteria and is removed from the program, they face full sentencing for the original drug charges.

August 17, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

House, Senate maps posted on Internet

The Georgia Constitution requires that the Legislature reapportion the General Assembly, as well as the Congressional seats in the year following the decade census. The Special Session started on Aug. 15, and already the House redistricting map has been introduced. You can see the proposed House and Senate maps at and click the link to the reapportionment maps.

The 2010 census found that 68 current House districts had too many people and 112 House districts had too few when compared to the ideal of 53,820 people.

August 17, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Small incident, big consequences

"For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost ... all the way to a big battle loss, and all for the loss of a two-penny nail."

I don't remember the exact context of this old story, but I certainly understand the point: A seemingly small incident can have long-lasting results.

July 27, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

The pledge to never raise taxes

I have spent the last four months attending the Dawson County Board of Education work sessions, meetings, and retreats in an effort to learn what goes into budgeting for our school system.

I knew there were cuts to the state education budget, but didn't realize how drastic these cuts became when combined with property re-evaluation, the 70 and over exemption, and the 5 mills provision.

July 27, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Thanks to emergency personnel

In light of the recent storms that we have had all over our area here, I would just like to say a huge "Thank You" to all of the people who helped to get our electricity back up and running.

On June 18, my power went off and was off for 18 hours, going into Sunday.

July 06, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

The world continues to roll on

Candidly, I have never thought that the world revolved around me, not even my own personal world.

And certainly, during the past decade I have purposely limited participation in many areas that previously claimed much time and effort.

July 06, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Fourth, important day in history

The Fourth of July or "Independence Day" is the national day of the United States set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This piece of paper declared our independence from Great Britain, and was signed by 56 great men who risked treason to create our great nation.

From that day on, the Fourth of July is one of, if not the most important day in American history.

June 29, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Golf tournament raises funds

On June 6 the Georgia Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a group of active, retired and former military officers, sponsored a golf tournament at Lake Lanier Islands for Wounded Warriors (wounded service members of any war or conflict) to raise funds for Homes for Troops, Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Transition and related programs.

The chapter will donate over $30,000 to those programs.

June 29, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Could electric vehicles be in Atlanta’s future?

The House Science & Technology Committee, which I chair, spent two days in Atlanta listening to representatives of General Electric and Atlanta City Government talk about electric vehicles and how they could help Atlanta meet the clean air standards.

We attended technical and business workshops and got to drive and ride in the vehicles. Before discussing today's electronic vehicles, I will give a little historical background of their use in the United States.

June 29, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Don’t overlook national legislation

In your June 8 article, "Legislation in the Wings," [by Rep. Amos Amerson] you alerted readers to many significant pieces of legislation that were not passed in the recent legislative session. I appreciated your publicity of these issues, and on a similar note, I would like to remind readers not to overlook the larger national pieces of legislation that have equal impact on our own backyards.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a great example of one of the important issues we are missing out on.

June 22, 2011 | Reader submitted | 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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