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Dining out on the taxpayers’ dime

Just a day before President Obama promised another $30 billion of taxpayer money to bail out General Motors, he and the First Lady jetted to New York City for a night out on the town. They enjoyed a lavish dinner and choice seats to a Broadway show - all on the taxpayers' dime.

June 10, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Raising high school standards to meet needs

Last Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, reeling from a 39 percent state budget cut, announced a series of "heart-wrenching" moves designed to deal with the spending cuts and a 24 percent drop in revenue.

June 03, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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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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