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It's all about education

When strangers in a doctor's waiting room chide me for failing to write columns, maybe there are more than my loyal friends who are reading it.

October 12, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Who has spoken out against Amendment 1?

As we get closer to Election Day, it is important that voters learn about what is on the ballot besides candidates.

October 12, 2016 | By Conrad Scohier | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Pansy planting

Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape.

October 05, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Amendment could have negative impact

This November, there is a proposed amendment to our state's constitution that, if passed, will likely impact our local schools negatively. It will read, with preamble:

October 05, 2016 | By Brian Roberts | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Family humbled by support

Saying "thank you" just doesn't seem enough. You go to bed one night as normal and you wake up to your world never being the same.

October 05, 2016 | By Richard and Debbie Ridings | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sizing up what makes Georgia the place to be

Today's topic will not include commentary on a bunch of immature multi-millionaires who play a kid's game and who are being goaded by special interest groups into disrespecting a country that allows them the freedom to do so.

October 04, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Is this bed-wetting liberal really a right-wing redneck?

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Former teacher and coach inspired successful blood drive

In his long career as a teacher and coach in Dawsonville, the late Charles Finley inspired thousands of students, and his memory inspired a blood drive on Aug. 27 that had the potential to save lives for another generation.

September 28, 2016 | By Toni Holmes | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

September 21, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dawson BOE Opposes Amendment 1

On Sept. 12 the Dawson County Board of Education passed a resolution opposing Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment which would create a state run school district for schools that are deemed failing. They join many other school boards across the state in opposing this amendment.

September 21, 2016 | By Bette Holland | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Current drought may require another divine solution

Uh. Oh. Here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state.

September 20, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Backyard poultry courses offered soon

UGA Extension will be offering a free backyard poultry management course from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lumpkin County Park & Rec building in Dahlonega, at 365 Ridley Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533.

September 14, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really.

September 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Community’s support is appreciated

Ben and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the LifeSouth blood drive Aug. 27 in memory of Charles [Finley].

September 14, 2016 | By Kathy Finley | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A salute to a group of unsung heroes in Georgia

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated law enforcement officers being honored by the association for their heroism. Here are their stories, much abridged because of space limitations.

September 07, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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It’s time to stop fighting a war that has been over 152 years

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 19, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia has its own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not.

July 19, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


This recruit blows off opportunity to blow up

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 12, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Surely we can do better than this

Those who read my (now infrequent) columns are aware that I usually focus on encouragement and optimism.

July 12, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do they value our lives?

This week our U.S. Senators will return to Washington, D.C. and decide the fate of the lives of millions of Americans.

July 12, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter skates learns about face paint and twerping

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling.

July 05, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Random thoughts on random subjects like education, politics and law enforcement

Oh, barf. The Georgia Center for Opportunity - whatever that is - has come out with a report card, giving As and A-pluses to cut-and-run legislators who ...

June 28, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Recent high profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 21, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Will the United States be left behind?

Earlier this month, Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. While his action may score political points with the ...

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Always remember

It's time once again to celebrate our great country's independence and freedom.

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia can learn from Kansas' mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C. but out to the west in Kansas.

June 13, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


How to control chigger bites

Have you ever walked through your yard or hiked through the woods only to return with red, itchy bumps? These are most likely caused by ...

June 07, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Cut and run ideologues make job even more difficult for school teachers

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 07, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trump’s cruel budget plans

As if the passage of the Trump/Ryan healthcare plan which will take insurance away from 23 million people wasn't enough, now we have ...

June 07, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Enjoy the tranquility

We moved to Dawson County to enjoy the tranquility of a rural community. We are disappointed to see the City of Dawsonville support activities that ...

June 07, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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