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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


Calhoun Creek as I see it

There seems to be confusion on the processes the City of Dawsonville has taken with regards to the Calhoun Creek Reservoir. The approach is not the ready, fire, aim approach some are saying, yet we are carefully readying and aiming to define if this project brings value to our community and is viable to move forward once we have a defined, clear and concise plan.

June 26, 2013 | By Chris Gaines For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The story of friends

This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.

June 19, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Commission in good hands

I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's referendum was rammed through by proponents.

June 12, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A two-step I’d rather not dance

To understand this column, one must be aware that since April 28, I have been in a "confined" situation not of my choosing.

June 12, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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


One letter not enough to polish liberal credentials

Rap. Rap. Rap.

August 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s wrong with Southern accents?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent."

August 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Who is the outsider in senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taxpayers on hook for ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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