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Inventor is proud of the past, focused on the future

David Petite has a simple view on the immigration issue raging in the United States.

"You are all immigrants," he says with a smile. "We didn't invite any of you here."

October 12, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Morgan Freeman is uninformed or ill informed

I've been a Morgan Freeman fan as long as he has been a Hollywood movie star. I was shocked to see him play the "race card" in a recent interview just last week. During his interview he referred to the Tea Party as being "racist."

He has just been the latest to climb on the "race-card bandwagon."

October 05, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


English can be a strange language

We who have spoken English all our lives take many of its oddities for granted, but even natives will find some of these interesting. They are some more "gleanings" from various e-mails.

For example, see how many of these you can read correctly the first time:

October 05, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter doesn’t care much for due process for terrorists

Everybody needs a guru. Someone you can go to whenever you find yourself stuck on the horns of a moral dilemma.

Some climb the mountain tops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bed sheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.

October 05, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Who cares what Moore thinks about Georgia?

In case you were rearranging your sock drawer and missed the big announcement, filmmaker Michael Moore, who is about as relevant as a female appendage on a boar hog, is asking "all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia."

I can hear the shudders from Aragon to Zebulon.

September 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Should we tax the rich more, not just income but wealth too?

A recent article in the "Los Angeles Times" maintained that government should "put a levy on wealth, not just income."

It was written by two law professors at Yale University. The authors claimed that these rich people did not pay enough income taxes and suggested putting a 2 percent wealth tax on all persons with assets over $7.2 million.

September 28, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Everything borrowed; something new to you

As I have admitted before, many of my "Fwd: Fwd:" e-mails get deleted, particularly the ones that are obviously derogatory. Occasionally, I read one and think: "That would be fun to share." This column is that sharing, even though I don't know the authors and can't give credit.

This one seems especially true for me; it's about friends: "Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different in character? Some of them can be considered marginal, even. How do I get on with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out ...

September 21, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Becoming a mover, shaker frustrating

When Nathan Deal was elected governor, I made myself a promise that I was going to get along better with him than I did with his predecessor, George E. Perdue.

If our new governor wanted to build a few concrete fishponds, I'd look the other way. If he wanted to dress up like Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat" and talk to school kids while shafting their teachers, I would just shake my head in bemusement. If he rode a motorcycle around the Capitol or drove a bus across town for reasons that made no sense at all or ...

September 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘We have met the enemy’

Have you noticed the rapidly rising food and gasoline prices? It seems like the prices go up on a daily or even hourly basis. What's a major cause of this? Corn-produced ethanol is the culprit.

Several years ago, I wrote about the stupidity of using corn to produce ethanol for fuel and predicted that food prices would climb. I said then that we would pay for it either at the pump or the supermarket. Now corn prices have risen from the about $3/bushel it was six years ago, to well over $7/bushel today.

September 21, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some parting thoughts on 10-year mark

Before we leave the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

As with everybody who witnessed the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I have vivid memories of that day. I was on St. Simons Island, having helped kick off the local United Way campaign for a few days. The volunteers had laughed in all the right places and were busy preparing to go do what Americans do best - donate their time and talent and tithes to help those less fortunate ...

September 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Maps reflect realities today, simple math

The 2011 Special Session for Redistricting has come to an end but the questions, comments and discussions have not.

Most of us understand that redistricting is primarily a numbers game. Redistricting was made necessary by the 2010 Census which showed that the redistribution of the national and state populations, since the 2000 Census, would violate the one man, one vote requirement unless districts were redrawn.

September 07, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes thank you is not enough

I haven't yet met the new manager of our local Kroger, but I hope he will be in the tradition of the previous ones, especially in community participation.

From the store's opening with a lady named Susan through several succeeding managers, Dawson County has been fortunate. Each one has been cooperative with various civic organizations, and it seems that the last one was the cream of the crop - or perhaps he was just here for a longer time.

September 07, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

November 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Try to navigate the transition in this column

As far as I can tell, all the pundits and politicians agree on one thing: This has been and still is an unprecedented election year ...

November 30, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


With elections over, can Penguin Awareness Day be far behind?

I promised last week I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee ...

November 23, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee suggests Amendment 1 strategists be sheep-dipped

Dear Gov. Nathan Deal:

November 16, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter Skates puts the real world in perspective

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is ...

November 02, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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