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A reminder to be careful what you pray for

You may have read that the United States Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether or not prayer can be uttered in town councils across America. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that such a nefarious deed violated the First Amendment's ban on an "establishment of religion."

August 14, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Journey through Mount Hagen

Our team was getting a bit desperate. We had been working in the rain forest deep in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea for almost two weeks.

August 07, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


‘Grasshoppers in an elephant fight’

Dear public school teachers:

August 07, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Congratulations to Judge Deal on state appointment

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Jason J. Deal on his gubernatorial appointment to serve on the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.

August 07, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bringing back Front Door Politics

We cannot turn on the news without hearing another story about the dysfunction that is occurring in our nation and in our federal government. We are faced with a continuous erosion of our moral fiber that has traditionally held us together as a nation.

July 31, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Skeeter should be included

I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.

July 31, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Looking back on career

This month, I begin my 16th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist in Georgia. Time flies when you are having fun and I am having a ball. I hope you are, too.

July 24, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thankful for news coverage

Thank you for writing about the ID show on Meredith Emerson. She was a brave young woman who caused a lot of key evidence to be left behind to expose a monster and bring an end to the evil he was perpetrating. She deserves to be remembered and I hope they honor her with this account.

July 17, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Staying busy after session

During my first legislative session I was fortunate to be able to bring seven bills to the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives for a vote. Four of these bills had been originally introduced in the senate and three I personally authored.

July 17, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Reflection on impersonal systems

This is an update for my regular readers. It is also a "venting."

July 17, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education top priority

We have recently witnessed the devastation caused by weather events across our country.

July 10, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Commandos get inside info on radio gig

There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos.

July 10, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Salute to a smart man

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn't difficult to do.

July 03, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Remember founding principles

For my family, the Fourth of July means picnics, baseball, parades and fireworks.

July 03, 2013 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The dark waters of the Amazon

As the lines were cast off from our small, old research ship, the cook finished stowing fresh banana stalks and other fruit through the galley doorway.

July 03, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Governor: Everything on the table

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Three responses to readers

"You need to write something about domestic violence," a friend told me recently. I hadn't thought about tackling that subject because so many others have done so.

October 22, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Good news for Georgia students

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s your American legacy?

For more than 40 years I was fortunate to be able to work in international business. I traveled the globe, not as a simple tourist, but living, in some cases for years, in other countries, getting to really know the people, the cultures and the governments in those many places.

October 15, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Jason Carter shares views on education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thinking out alternatives for deer in Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 24, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Trying to find positive in this world can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tragedy is a reminder to text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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