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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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Weathering the storm: What Georgia learned

Severe winter weather in Georgia is a rare occurrence. Although a few snowflakes do fall during the winter months, the snowflakes only stick around long enough to take a few pictures before melting away the next day in 50 degree weather.

February 19, 2014 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Session reaches halfway point

Monday, February 10, 2014, marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. With only 20 days left to pass laws this year, we quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


At the halfway point of the 2014 legislative session

The Georgia General Assembly is now halfway through the 40-day legislative session and just days away from a significant deadline. The 30th day of the legislative session - also known as Crossover Day - is the last day for Senate bills to transfer to the House for consideration, and vice versa.

February 11, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Productive week at Capitol

We returned to the Gold Dome on Feb. 3, 2014. With the 2014 legislative session heating up, we had a very busy and productive week.

February 11, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Random thoughts on random subjects

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

November 30, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Try to navigate the transition in this column

As far as I can tell, all the pundits and politicians agree on one thing: This has been and still is an unprecedented election year ...

November 30, 2016 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


With elections over, can Penguin Awareness Day be far behind?

I promised last week I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee ...

November 23, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee suggests Amendment 1 strategists be sheep-dipped

Dear Gov. Nathan Deal:

November 16, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter Skates puts the real world in perspective

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is ...

November 02, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Passage of Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District Amendment no sure thing

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets.

October 26, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tea Olive brings fragrant fall flowers

One of my absolute favorite fall-flowering plants is the Fragrant Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Given its name, you'd be right to assume this plant ...

October 19, 2016 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle lays out his vision for public education

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Keep your family safe this Halloween

There is an old adage which states, "With age comes wisdom."

October 19, 2016 | By Jeff Johnson | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Bank’s ethical lapses could be costly for all business

There is nothing more important than your good name.

October 12, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Drought affecting fall garden plans

The severe lack of rainfall so far in 2016 has had a major impact on North Georgia.

October 12, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Whose opportunity is it?

This fall Georgia voters will go to the polls not only to elect a new President, but also they will be asked to vote on ...

October 12, 2016 | By Terry Ryan | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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 ...

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


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