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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


General Assembly offers real stimulus to Georgians

The General Assembly took heed this week to provide Georgia residents with solutions that will stimulate the state's economy. Two important sectors of the economy are targeted under measures on their way to final passage: Housing and jobs.

April 01, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Volunteer for the Special Olympics

Special Olympics recently announced a new campaign, "Spread the Word to End the Word - 3.31.09," encouraging people to stop using the derogatory word "retard" in casual conversation.

March 25, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Projecting revenue is not an easy job

The Georgia Constitution requires that the House of Representatives appropriate money for an annual budget to operate the functions of the State. That is the main reason we have an annual legislative session. This year the economy has declined so quickly, that projection of future revenues is like hunting rabbits in a briar patch. The target keeps moving, while the thorns keep grabbing you. When it's over, you are bleeding and covered in scratches.

March 25, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The continuing crisis of common sense

As the crisis in common sense continues in Washington and across the nation, here in Georgia I'm working with my Senate colleagues for real stimulus solutions to put the economy back on track.

March 25, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


In touch with your local government

There is a Jewish proverb that says: "Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength."

March 25, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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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 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


‘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


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 | 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


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


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


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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | 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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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