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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


Finally, two consecutive months of positive revenue collections

Following the unprecedented downturn of the economy during the past two fiscal years, the positive revenue collections for June and July seem to signal a significant change in direction. But are two back-to-back months of positive revenue really good news?

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


Gutherie joins county

With the downturn in the economy many businesses and individuals have had to reinvent themselves. We all have had to look for ways to cut back and to be more efficient with the limited resources that are available. Your local Dawson County government is no exception.

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


Americans work more every year

When our country's financial deficit reaches into the trillions, it's hard to put such excessive government spending into perspective.

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


Home still is where heart lies

An overwhelming number of homeowners are happy with their decision to purchase a home, despite the challenging housing market.

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


Looking back as we move forward

As the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce moves into new quarters on Hwy. 400, I reminisce about the pride we felt when the Historic Old Jail was restored and renovated as a home for the expanding chamber.

August 25, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Suggestions for HOPE appreciated

I want to thank all of you who responded with suggestions for saving the HOPE Scholarship programs. It's the most responses I've gotten on any subject from you during my 10 years as your state representative.

August 25, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Takeover disguised as financial regulatory

Washington has released its latest assault on American liberty with the president's recent signature of the massive financial overhaul bill.

August 18, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Scholarships reward pupils, not rich or poor

This fiscal year, the expenses of funding the HOPE Scholarship, or Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, will exceed the revenues from the lottery.

August 04, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Immigration reform crucial for recovery of economy

The 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered as one of the worst budget years in Georgia's history. We did our best to minimize the impact on citizens, yet some cuts were unavoidable. Amid the worst recession since the 1930s, it's expected that states would feel a budget crunch.

July 28, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Real mail is still best way for me

I've been somewhat frustrated as I clear out my mailbox and fill the wastebasket each day. So an article in Sunday's Gainesville Times caught my eye; it was about the possibility of a "Do not mail" list, like the "Do not call" one to which I already subscribe.

July 28, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Our state has more illegal immigrants than Arizona

Arizona has held the headlines for its recently passed immigration laws. Much of the controversy is a result of the federal government passing laws but failing to enforce them. Under President Bush, the government acknowledged that illegal immigration was a problem and set out to build a border fence. Increasing costs led to the apparent demise of that solution. In the minds of many, the problem has become too expensive to ignore. Here are facts which you can check yourselves.

July 21, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Confessions that won't surprise

We Protestants don't have confessional booths like Catholics - or is that done only in books and old movies? In fact, we may be more likely to conceal our faults and impress our pastors. Our true selves, however, may really be obvious.

July 21, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Marking some special dates

There are a number of special dates on my calendar these days - some may also be important to you.

July 07, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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What goes down will also go up

Forty years ago I embarked on a career in the oil industry that has covered decades. That career has taken me around the world far more than once. It has taken me from oil rigs to refineries, to massive tanker ships to the highest corporate towers.

January 28, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Georgia’s juvenile justice system going to the dogs and that’s a good thing

The State of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Gov. Deal wants to add to the number of uninsured in Georgia

Georgia is still refusing the federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people. This decision will cost the state's health care system about $34 billion over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.

January 28, 2015 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The State of Our State

Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear during his annual "State of the State" address that Georgia's economy continues to grow in the aftermath of the worst economic collapse of the 21st century.

January 28, 2015 | By Steve Gooch | Opinion: Letters/Columns


State of the column: Never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


2015 session underway

We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.

January 21, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Getting down to business

The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.

January 21, 2015 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Lawmaker on a medical mission

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Technical education plays vital role in rehabilitation

When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of a good education. They both graduated from high school, but did not attend college.

January 07, 2015 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Potato bowl already looking like the highmark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

December 31, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A time to reflect on the year

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our savior. It is also a time to reflect back over the past year and to begin to plan for the year ahead. This season I have taken time to look back over my first term serving as your State Representative.

December 31, 2014 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


West Texas Christmas

About this time of year my family would be part of the decision to either head out to the family ranch in West Texas or not.

December 24, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A few end-of-year comments

As 2014 winds down, all sorts of groups and individuals tend to take a look at where they've been, are, and are heading. I am not tackling that big job; I'm just tying up some of my own dangling ends.

December 24, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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