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Capping property taxes will require lobbying

Friday, House Resolution 1, the cornerstone legislation of this session to cap ad valorem property tax increases statewide, was scheduled to make it to the floor of the House for the first time. It didn't make it to the House floor on Friday.

February 04, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Budget discussions begin with agency hearings

This week, as I sat with my Senate and House colleagues through state budget hearings, I was encouraged to see a sense of cooperation emerging. Our state leaders have been advocating such cooperation since the beginning of session, as it is the only way we will solve the serious issues facing our state.

January 28, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Watch bills, resolutions during session

During each legislative session, some 2,000 bills are introduced by legislators.

January 28, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor, don’t eliminate our Homeowners Tax Relief Grant

When Roy Barnes was governor, and the state economy was riding high, he instituted the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant, which started as a $2,000 homestead exemption credit against the assessed value of property and topped out a few years later as an $8,000 credit.

January 21, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Budget the hot topic of first week

The one thing on everyone's mind during the first week of the 2009 session was the budget, which will be sure to dominate all business under the Gold Dome this year.

January 21, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


File residential property tax return

The real estate and foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout this nation.

January 14, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Georgia government gets more open in 2009

Many folks still feel that too much government is conducted behind closed doors.

January 14, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Important initiatives riding on session

The 2009 legislative session has begun and is shaping up to be a crucial time for Georgia as the legislature determines how to best carry the state through these difficult economic times. The local media has been saturated with stories on the critical issues facing our state, including the budget, our economy and the transportation system.

January 14, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A Republic helps guarantee minority rights

Ever since George W. Bush was elected as President, there has been a push to eliminate the Electoral College and go to a popular vote for electing the President. Had the 2000 election been decided by popular vote, Bush would have lost to Al Gore by 543,816 votes. Bush was not the first President to be elected while losing the popular vote, simply the last.

January 07, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Will state law hurt the numbers?

I was interested to see that READ, Dawson County's literacy advocate organization, announced that it will partner with the Adult Learning Center (Lanier Technical College as the county's vendor of service) in becoming a Certified Literate Community Participant for Dawson County.

January 04, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


County looks for ways to save money

We are quickly approaching the end of a challenging 2008, and we are excited about the possibilities for 2009.

January 04, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The gift of Christmas

During this hopeful season we are reminded of the many blessings we enjoy, and we renew our sense of what is important in our lives. We gather with our family and friends to share old traditions and create new ones.

January 04, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Are there any presents in recession?

I am a child of the "Great Depression."

January 04, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No hollow victories in learning

I read with interest the letter in your Dec. 24 edition in which the writer referred to a community becoming a Certified Literate Community Participant as a "hollow victory" and feel compelled to write as this is a very personal thing for me - something very "near and dear to my heart."

December 31, 2008 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What has the legislature done for you lately?

At year's end, it's a good time to review what your Georgia Legislature and local legislators have done for you, not to you, as some believe.

December 31, 2008 | 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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