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No desire to run for office here

It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office. There are also an equal number of adoring fans that say I should stick my head in a bucket of tar. But that is a topic for another day.

September 11, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Mental health issues need to be addressed

When the news broke recently of a school shooting in Dekalb County, I'm sure each of you joined me in saying a prayer for the safety of the children and employees. Thankfully, in this situation no one was hurt and the individual that was responsible was taken into custody.

September 04, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator with a sense of humor

Rats! As if creating this profound and pithy prose each week wasn't hard enough, now I have discovered a legislator with a sense of humor. The apocalypse is upon us.

September 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Why the Push for STEM

The local economy is slowly getting better. Statistically that is true, although many people think the economy is still in the tank. They have a point. Analysis suggests that the recovery is about 40 percent at this point. That is significant, but for many people the recovery has yet to appear at their doorstep.

September 04, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Each day is precious

Please indulge me a moment of introspection and feel free to think along with me. Chances are what I am going to say may apply to you as well.

August 28, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Residents need to know laws

Editor's Note: This is the first of several articles by Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle designed to give readers a better understanding of applicable state laws and responsible firearms ownership.

August 28, 2013 | By Billy Carlisle For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rouse anniversary pleasant to read

Thank you for the article about Dot and Loy Rouse.

August 28, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Important to portray correct image of our town

Is the Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival portraying the right image for the kids of our county and for the kids for Zac Brown's camp for which some of the funds are being raised?

August 28, 2013 | By Reader Submitted For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


State school superintendent weighing run for governor

If public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.

August 21, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Raising level of literacy in Dawson County

In recent years the term illiteracy has been used to describe the condition of people unable to cope with printed materials relevant to their needs.

August 14, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Informational meetings held across the state

I have had a productive and busy summer, and I have been able to enjoy some much needed down time with Stacie and our girls. It is amazing how quickly the summer break has passed by with school starting back for most of our children last week.

August 14, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Informational meetings held across the state

I have had a productive and busy summer, and I have been able to enjoy some much needed down time with Stacie and our girls. It is amazing how quickly the summer break has passed by with school starting back for most of our children last week.

August 14, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Some of the things I’ve been missing

Anyone who has lived in Dawson County for a while and has been involved in at least a few church and community activities knows that you will normally be busy.

August 14, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A reminder to be careful what you pray for

You may have read that the United States Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether or not prayer can be uttered in town councils across America. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that such a nefarious deed violated the First Amendment's ban on an "establishment of religion."

August 14, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Journey through Mount Hagen

Our team was getting a bit desperate. We had been working in the rain forest deep in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea for almost two weeks.

August 07, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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


Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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