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The status of charter schools for fall term 2011?

The Georgia Supreme Court ruling on May 16 that Georgia's Charter School laws are unconstitutional has resulted in dozens of calls from citizens asking about the status of charter schools for the 2011 fall term.

June 01, 2011 | By Amos Amerson | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Your tax dollar value

As residents and taxpayers of this great county, we have become accustomed to many services that we sometimes take for granted. Have you stopped to think how much you pay for these services?

May 18, 2011 | By James Swafford For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What about all the teachers’ benefits?

I write this column not only as a senior citizen and a former educator, but also as a property owner and taxpayer, and I do not see the two in conflict.

May 18, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Education bills from session’s Top 15 list

This week continues with an analysis of what I consider to be the education bills from the "Top 15" pieces of legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly. I will cover HB 186 and HB 192, two bills designed to improve our education system.

May 18, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The demise of bin Laden

While we can all now breathe a short sigh of relief with the demise of Osama bin Laden the truth remains that all too frequently mankind generates these types of disturbed individuals.

May 18, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Bill places consumer protections, health benefits at risk

During the last session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 47, which would allow Georgia insurance companies to sell individual health insurance policies with coverage equivalent to those sold in other states. This means they could sell health insurance policies with less coverage than is required in Georgia.

May 18, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Governor continues to take action on legislative bills

The governor continues to take action on bills submitted to him at the end of the 2011 Legislative Session. Many of them I supported and some I did not. The following bills are just a few of those waiting to be signed by Governor Deal:

May 11, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


On the go but still in the know

With all the available technology, many travelers can easily check what's going on at home base. Being technologically dumb, I depend on others to keep in touch. It worked for the past two weeks (almost) that I was at beautiful Cape San Blas beach.

May 11, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


May tips for landscape

May is a month when most gardeners are busy planting and maintaining plants in the landscape.

May 04, 2011 | Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Issues are illegal immigration, sex trafficking and solar energy

During the coming weeks, I will continue to discuss some of the most important legislation passed during the 2011 Session of the General Assembly. This article is about illegal immigration and sex trafficking - two subjects for which Georgia is becoming infamous - and solar energy.

May 04, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


HOPE, sales on Sundays and troopers

Since the 2011 session ended I continue to have numerous questions about the new rules for HOPE Scholarships and Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages. I wrote about the HOPE Scholarship program in early March, but some points should be clarified about future participation.

April 27, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Two groups that do much

If you turn on the evening news or read any regional or national newspaper you will see the debate playing out in our country everyday on what the role of government should be.

April 27, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Progress made in session

The General Assembly completed its 40th and final legislative day April 14.

April 27, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Session ends, special session starts Aug. 15

The 2011 Legislative Session came to an end last Thursday when the House and Senate completed the 40th day.

April 20, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s a busy and important week

We are in the midst of what all Christendom celebrates as Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday. Those inside and outside the Christian religion are also celebrating Easter with eggs, bunnies, new outfits, sales and family dinners.

April 20, 2011 | By Helen Taylor 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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