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We need to do what is best for the system

It is our goal to inform our constituents on the implications of some actions regarding funding to our schools.

October 27, 2010 | By Keith Porter For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A senior citizen’s view on homestead tax exemption

With the 2010 General Election less than a week away, I feel compelled to speak out on this timely and important issue of homestead tax exemption for senior citizens in Dawson County.

October 27, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The thought police are alive and well

Recently, "National Public Radio" terminated the contract of Juan Williams after comments the veteran journalist and news analyst made about Muslims on FOX's "The O'Reilly Factor" a few days before.

October 27, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senior citizens property tax relief does not hurt Georgia education

An opinion article recently printed was full of misleading information. The author of the column seems to believe that the senior citizens property tax relief items on the ballot would be detrimental to the school system. Her information is incorrect, as I will explain.

October 27, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Energy and the environment

As the chairman of the House Committee on Science & Technology and as a member of the House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, I have been asked to be a participant on the "Energy and Environment" panel for Georgia Tech's annual Legislative Roundtable.

October 20, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Step right up

What'll you have? Have your order in your mind and your money in your hand.

October 13, 2010 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Short-falls will continue if the tax system is not changed

It has become abundantly clear that the current tax system in Georgia will not produce the revenues to support requirements for our growing population. An expected short-fall of $1 billion to $2 billion is expected this fiscal year, and short-falls are expected to continue in future years if the tax system is not changed.

October 13, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Sometimes it pays to think twice

Thinking twice about a decision doesn't necessarily mean changing one's mind: It really should ensure that we have garnered facts and considered angles.

October 13, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Understanding amendments on the ballot

Many voters do not understand the five proposed State Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot and have asked me what they mean.

October 06, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Guide to 2010 ballot questions

As you cast your vote in this year's general election, you will be asked to vote for or against five proposed changes to the state constitution. Each amendment was passed by the General Assembly during the 2010 legislative session and will appear on the ballot this year for voter approval. Following is a breakdown of each proposed amendment to give you a clearer understanding of the proposals you'll be voting on as you fulfill your important role in our state's electoral process.

September 29, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Some events just demand comment

I'm writing this hurriedly to slide it in past deadline, but I promised the papers that I'd do it today. I just had to wait to see how the "10 Years of Bowen Center" gala turned out. And it was great.

September 29, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Deal would give significant flexibility for local schools

As chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee, I was encouraged and enthusiastic with gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal's educational platform. He considers job creation to be the state's top priority and knows that jobs are "reliant on a top-notch education system that focuses on math, science and technology."

September 15, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Hospitality key to draw tourists

As autumn approaches, the North Georgia mountains are gearing up for a busy fall season. Our beautiful mountain communities play host to a variety of activities in the fall, from the Ellijay Apple Festival, Oktoberfest in Helen, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and of course my personal favorite, the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. These experiences are made all the more unique with Georgia's touch of Southern hospitality. Our ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome is a quality that can give our state a competitive edge in tourism.

September 15, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Getting our eyes back to the fall

During summer months, a number of regular activities are canceled or relaxed. Families are on vacation or just playing around at home; picnics and cookouts replace ordinary dinners; here in Lake Lanier country, water sports help to relieve heat stress.

September 15, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


It’s a sermon to struggle with

Although I sometimes mention something about my personal religious beliefs and I often get "preachy" about civic responsibilities, this may be my first attempt to use my column to deliver a sermon.

September 01, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Proposed development awash with controversy

The Sea Island Company wants to build a group of condominiums on what many people believe to be environmentally unsound ground. Why should you care?

April 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Keeping state on road to prosperity

The 2014 legislative session was one for the history books. Two winter ice storms interrupted legislative operations for several days at a time, and the introduction of unprecedented - and controversial - bills increased the time legislators needed to properly review the supporting research, documentation and the official bill itself.

April 23, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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