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Legislature halfway to the finish line

The Georgia General Assembly is officially halfway through with the 2016 legislative session and just 10 legislative days away from a significant deadline: Crossover Day.

February 17, 2016 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson County News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Already at the halfway point

We got back to work for the fifth week of session on Feb. 8, and by Feb. 11, we reached the half-way mark of the 2016 legislative session, legislative day 20.

February 17, 2016 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson County News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators.

February 17, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson County News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The reality behind the Georgia budget for 2017

In the Governor's State of the State address on Jan. 13 he stated that his $23.7 Billion budget is the highest ever.

February 10, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Diversity and multiculturalism

Everything we read today lauds the idea of diversity and its twin sister multiculturalism. Most of the time, the people that assert these ideas mean that we need men and women and people of different races and backgrounds to work together to solve the large common problems which face humanity.

February 10, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


In response to Yarbrough column

From week to week I look forward to your column. It is usually refreshing and on point.

January 27, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State senator seeks to help disabled community

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician. One Atlanta newspaper columnist calls him "perpetually grumpy" and "ornery." Now in his third term in the Senate after serving 12 years in the House, what you see with Sen. Millar is what you get: Perpetually grumpy and ornery and a straight-shooter.

January 27, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Who wins in this fight over ‘freedom’?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be a fight that they are destined to have.

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford For the Dawson County News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia legal community mourns loss of Henry Young Jr.

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Henry L. Young Jr. of Dawsonville on his recent passing.

December 09, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job, or wouldn't do it, if we had the chance.

February 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The first bill of 2015 passes the Georgia Senate

The third week of the 2015 legislative session saw a significant piece of legislation pass through the Georgia State Senate. I am proud to say that with unanimous consent, Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the House.

February 04, 2015 | By Steve Gooch Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House approves Amended FY 2015 budget

During the third week of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, my colleagues and I passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: The 2015 amended fiscal year budget (AFY 2015).

February 04, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner Columnist | 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 | 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 | | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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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


Wrapping up our first month back

January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I ...

February 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broadband access moving forward

The Senate reconvened for legislative day five on Monday. Standing committees started meeting to adopt their rules in preparation for bill hearings starting next week.

February 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plans for public education—vague and discouraging

When Gov. Nathan Deal announced his budget for Georgia on Jan. 11, he bragged about how he has raised the budget for public education again.

February 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Transplant overgrown shrubs now

Many people plant shrubs in places where they don't belong.

January 25, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning.

January 25, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislative session is underway

The first day of the 154th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly and the first day of the 2017-18 term was Jan. 9.

January 25, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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