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In touch with local government

As we enter November, we are concluding two of Dawson County's very successful programs for the year.

The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated 24 participants on Nov. 1. The 10 week program gives participants an in-depth look at how their local government operates.

November 09, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to consolidate

I was struck by the irony of a comment attributed to Dawsonville Mayor Pro-tem James Grogan as to the reason the city passed an ordinance prohibiting pigs and chickens.

"To avoid having agricultural businesses that could be a nuisance to residents," was cited in a front page article in the Dawson Community News titled "Local farmer considers de-annexation from city."

November 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Learn how to drive

I am hoping you will allow me to express my concern. I think people are forgetting how to drive. Two issues I see most often are confusion at roundabouts and failing to use blinkers. I would like to remind everyone that roundabouts require you to yield to traffic already in the roundabout (aka the vehicle that might wreck into you). Find a gap in traffic and enter the circle. You can only go right in roundabouts. Keep an eye out for pedestrians.

As for blinkers, I am not sure when it happened, but apparently we do not use them anymore ...

November 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Mama said there’d be days like this

The tabloid headlines recently screamed that Kim Kardashian's decision to file for divorce was a shocking surprise.

Really? Did anyone not see this coming? In fact, I can almost bet their wedding vows were taken to an oath of Nielsen ratings and media deals.

November 09, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baptists have bigger problem than the south

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently that he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems that the name "Southern" may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn't sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

The 20-member task force includes eight pastors, two state convention executives, a college president, a group of lay people and two seminary presidents, including the Rev. Albert Mohler, president ...

November 02, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Watching nature fly from the Gulf side

Lazy, sunny, warm October days at Cape San Blas are not what they used to be. No more swimming in the surf, floating on calm waters, not even walking on the beach.

For several years, I'm content to enjoy sea, sand and sun from a comfortable seat on the porch or deck.

November 02, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Protesters un-bearable idea

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in north Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

Ring! Ring!

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s not the schools, it’s the stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?"

State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To be read aloud with tongue in cheek

Since several of my readers said they enjoyed the columns dealing with vagaries in our language, I'll do one more.

An old friend sent this, in an e-mail, entitled "Lexiphiles."

October 19, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Heroes found on tragic day

On Aug. 27, my family and I were involved in a serious boat accident on Lake Lanier near Toto Creek Park at the Dawson/Hall County line. My granddaughter, Katelynn Smith, 12 (Katelynn turned 13 in the hospital) and I were injured. Sadly my nephew, Trevor Aaron Jones, 14 years old, did not survive after being thrown in the lake as a result of the collision with another boat, and drowned.

A thoroughly bad situation could have been much worse if not for the response and actions of the authorities from Dawson, Forsyth, Hall and Lumpkin counties as well as ...

October 19, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Electoral College still relevant

Why is the Electoral College so important in electing our presidents? This question comes up every four years.

Recently someone sent me a copy of "Every Vote Equal," a discussion of reasons the president should be elected by national popular vote. This was followed by The Gainesville Times Sept. 26 opinion page article: "My biannual rant about the Electoral College," in which Len Robbins asked the question, "Why should a person's vote in Wyoming count more than mine?"

October 12, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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Patchy tall fescue lawns

Fall of 2016 was a rough season.

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


A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

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


Sharing some concerns for better, for worse

As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...

February 22, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Here we go again

The specter of Elliott Field has resurfaced.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A government owned airport in Dawson County?

The City of Dawsonville is proposing that they buy an airport with everybody elses' money.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What will Republicans do?

The Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. Unfortunately, although they always said they would "repeal ...

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The halfway point

This week marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and the end of week six here at the state Capitol. From committee meetings ...

February 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Boxelder Bugs

We have experienced several periods this winter of above-average temperatures. If you've been outside, you may have noticed that these warm days have led ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Secretary of Agriculture-Designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

February 15, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Affordable health care

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA Law without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including 4 million ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Actions of Commissioners Called into Question

3-1 votes have cost the county thousands of dollars as Commissioners Julie Nix, Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby, by coincidence and without public comment, vote ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Act now to prevent summer fruit problems

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and ...

February 08, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy time at the capitol

The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.

February 08, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thank You Rep. Kevin Tanner

First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The inordinate power of a district federal judge

We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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