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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


Marketers no longer have my permission

Some years ago, Seth Godin, one of the best Internet gurus, coined the phrase "permission marketing."

The idea was that the Internet allowed companies to market to the consumer in a different manner.

January 11, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plum Nelly Pitts agrees to prognosticate in this space

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located over a pool hall in Greater Garfield, has signed an exclusive contract with one of the nation's premier prognosticators, Plum Nelly Pitts, of Varnell, Ga.

I don't have to tell you what a coup this is. Frankly, it was a major commitment by the company but you deserve the best experts I can assemble and Plum Nelly is the best. It was not easy convincing her to join the team. Prognosticating is still controversial in some places. For ...

January 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Top issues facing 2012 Session

In preparation for our 2012 Legislative Session, I have been looking at what other states consider to be their top issues. Here are a few that seem to emerge as most important: Energy, jobs, Medicaid, state budgets and college affordability.

Americans are spending more than ever to put gas in their cars, heat their homes and pay their utility bills. Rising energy costs have increased the costs for everyday goods. Energy costs trickle down into everything we buy and every service we use.

January 04, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The world may change, fundamentals stay the same

Dear Cameron:

For the past decade, I have written an annual letter of advice to your father, your uncle and their cousins, trying to give them a little perspective on what life was going to be like for them as they grew into adulthood. Today, they are all adults and are experiencing first-hand the ups-and-downs of everyday living. I discern that they are finding that life is harder than they thought. Welcome to the real world.

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


Public defender deserving of award

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris on receiving the 2011 Indigent Defense Award, presented by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Poor Georgians accused of crimes, including those who are innocent, rely upon our indigent defense system to protect their constitutional rights. The rest of us look to the public defender system to protect the integrity of the judicial process.

December 21, 2011 | By Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Event bigger, better

I wanted to thank everyone involved who helped make the third annual Taste of Dawson High at the Dawson County High School on Dec. 10 an even bigger and better event.

I could not have pulled this event off without thanking the following PTSO board members who helped make the event possible: Jon and Laurie Erickson, Alaina Jones, Katrina Lund, Kim Glaze, Michelle Matthews and Robyn Dunn.

December 21, 2011 | By Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dawsonville, our town

It was a great week.

I had an opportunity last week to participate in two community events that inspired this writing.

December 21, 2011 | By Lee Tigner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Recent high profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 21, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Will the United States be left behind?

Earlier this month, Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. While his action may score political points with the ...

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Always remember

It's time once again to celebrate our great country's independence and freedom.

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia can learn from Kansas' mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C. but out to the west in Kansas.

June 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


How to control chigger bites

Have you ever walked through your yard or hiked through the woods only to return with red, itchy bumps? These are most likely caused by ...

June 07, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Cut and run ideologues make job even more difficult for school teachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trump’s cruel budget plans

As if the passage of the Trump/Ryan healthcare plan which will take insurance away from 23 million people wasn't enough, now we have ...

June 07, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Enjoy the tranquility

We moved to Dawson County to enjoy the tranquility of a rural community. We are disappointed to see the City of Dawsonville support activities that ...

June 07, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front ...

May 31, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A loving farewell to the world's greatest preacher

In my book, the word "unique" is an absolute.

May 31, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some things the poet didn't envision

"Out of the hills of Habersham, down the valleys of Hall" -- ln 1879 when Georgia poet Sidney Lanier wrote those lines of "Song of the ...

May 31, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


No parliament here

In the United States of America, if an elected body wishes to remove a leader that has been elected by the people, that removal process ...

May 31, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Herbicide carryover in mulches, manure

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now. Seeds and transplants have taken off and begun to grow tall and strong.

May 24, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The truth is that there is no fake news here

According to our Tweeter-in-Chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 17, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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