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Remembering our military on Memorial Day

"The kids today don't know the history. That's because their teachers and parents don't know. But I try to tell them."

May 27, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Now is the time to buy a home

It's late May, schools out, and it's time to think about buying or selling your home.

May 27, 2009 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Raising high school standards to meet needs

Children are our most important resource. Educating them is the best use of our tax dollars. Over 56 percent of our state budget goes toward education. As a member of the House Higher Education Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Education (K-12), I am expected to keep up with what is happening educationally in other states, as well as in Georgia.

May 20, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


New laws could soon take effect

This week marked the governor's deadline for signing and vetoing bills. With his signature, these measures will become law either immediately or upon the new Fiscal Year, beginning July 1.

May 20, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


‘Think small’ can make Georgia as big as California

Nanotechnology could do for Georgia what Silicon Valley did for California. It can be our ticket to jobs of the future. The essence of nanotechnology is to "think small" - not in inches, not in millimeters, not in pin heads, not even in hairs, but in atoms.

May 13, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Park, recreation continues to grow

The residents of Dawson County have many things for which to be thankful. We all have been blessed to either have been born or to have moved to a wonderful community. I believe that we all can agree that one of our community's greatest assets is our youth.

May 13, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


State parks are an important economic tool

Summer is quickly approaching, and this year the idea of planning a "staycation" at home is becoming a popular alternative to investing in pricey travel arrangements. At a time when money is tight and the luxuries in life seem few and far between, we need to consider what diversions our local communities have to offer.

May 06, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebration of life

You and the community are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Traci Lamar Scates. The event will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 100 Lumpkin Campground Road, South, Dawsonville, GA.

May 06, 2009 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Final wrap up of session: Tax relief

Although we are facing the toughest economic times in recent memory, the 2009 Session of the General Assembly proved to be a successful one for Georgians.

April 22, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taxes, tea parties and constitutional principles

Thousands of discontented Georgians lined the streets around our state Capitol this week to protest excessive Washington spending and an increasingly burdensome tax code.

April 22, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Keep the motorsports tradition alive

The recent discussion about Atlanta Motorsports Park has been littered with misinformation by people that live far away from the proposed site and do not have a dog in this hunt -but oppose anything and everything.

April 08, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session update on budget, transportation

The 2009 Legislative Session ended at midnight last Friday with the governor thanking us for a productive session.

April 08, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Park a positive economic move

Many thanks to all of you who are proponents of the Atlanta Motorsports Park. With your support and the vision of the developer our community will thrive with new opportunities and growth.

April 08, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislative priorities fulfilled

Now that the gavel has fallen on the 2009 legislative session, Georgians will soon begin to see the product of the past 40 legislative days.

April 08, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tax assessments could be frozen

As a first step towards permanently eliminating "back door" ad valorem property tax increases statewide, the House and Senate passed House Bill 233 and sent it to the Governor for his signature.

April 01, 2009 | By Amos Amerson 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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