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State school superintendent weighing run for governor

If public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.

August 21, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Raising level of literacy in Dawson County

In recent years the term illiteracy has been used to describe the condition of people unable to cope with printed materials relevant to their needs.

August 14, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Informational meetings held across the state

I have had a productive and busy summer, and I have been able to enjoy some much needed down time with Stacie and our girls. It is amazing how quickly the summer break has passed by with school starting back for most of our children last week.

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


Informational meetings held across the state

I have had a productive and busy summer, and I have been able to enjoy some much needed down time with Stacie and our girls. It is amazing how quickly the summer break has passed by with school starting back for most of our children last week.

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


Some of the things I’ve been missing

Anyone who has lived in Dawson County for a while and has been involved in at least a few church and community activities knows that you will normally be busy.

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


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


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Progress made in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 10, 2014 | Progress made in state’s charter school efforts For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


If Bora-Bora doesn’t care about the game, why should we?

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


You think you’re not being heard?

If you're expecting this column to deal with the recent protests, you will be surprised. Protests are, indeed, being heard, but not always in a positive way. And certainly, the violence is deplorable.

December 03, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The ways to win the battle: Learning to overcome

I stepped nervously through the glass door of the main exhibition racquetball court to start my semi-final match.

November 26, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Carl Sanders: A great man who did great things for Georgia

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

November 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Event was a wonderful tribute

I am writing regarding Dawsonville's Veterans Day Celebration.

November 26, 2014 | From Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee predicts the next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Letter to the Editor

Well, this morning (Nov. 11) I got up out of bed, exhausted and not motivated to do much. I turned on the computer and thought maybe this year I would attend some veteran's appreciation event.

November 19, 2014 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


This is one terrorist that deserves thanks

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee bullish on his analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results." Junior E. Lee is also a certified pest control professional. That is a rare combination these days and I am very proud of him as are the citizens of Greater Garfield.

November 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Family hurt by accusations

My name is Judy Cox, wife of "good ole boy" Joe Lane Cox.

November 05, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A salute to one trying to make this world better

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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