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Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest priority for the last few legislative days. The Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) general budget, House Bill 44, is near completion. The Senate and House both have their own versions and each is standing steadfast, so the $25 billion budget will now head to a Conference Committee that will work to come up with a compromise on a budget that is fiscally responsible.

March 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying to support private schools with state tax dollars. Before we increase tax credits to individuals and corporations from $58 million to $100 million, let's look at the record of student performance in students who have already been using this tax credit.

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). We were joined outside his office by over 100 friends from all over the 9th district. Since Rep. Collins refuses to hold in person town halls, we went to him!

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and flower beds. The loose soil of a freshly turned garden plot is also the perfect environment for a fire ant colony. Besides being unsightly, fire ants can be downright dangerous, as some people can be seriously allergic to their stings.

March 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working after Crossover Day

Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.

March 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day is complete

We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.

March 15, 2017 | By Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

March 15, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A new future in Georgia

With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative Session will conclude.

March 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contradictions in Bills on public education

Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be discussed and studied in the Senate.

March 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 08, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Conservatism questioned

I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day approaching

On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation to address important issues facing our great state.

March 01, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

March 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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The PSC will have to face reality

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

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


Organic fertilizers

Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production. Defining what "organic" means can vary from one person to the next ...

April 12, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


This week a time to remember what Easter is all about

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

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


Climate change a hoax?

Last week the Trump Administration launched an attack on the health of American families and our environment when Trump signed an executive order rolling back ...

April 05, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broccoli up the nose ends any thoughts of a political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

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


We no longer have a legislature

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would ...

April 05, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital, and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 22. It will ...

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy week headed toward session's end

The Georgia General Assembly reconvened under the Gold Dome on Monday, March 20 for day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Sine die is this ...

March 29, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Atlanta Motorsports Park is here to stay and wants more

The county originally turned the AMP rezoning request down, so in 2007 the City of Dawsonville went slipping through the wood all the way from ...

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fast Approaching Sine Die

This week marks Day 38 of the 40-day legislative session. We have reached the point where committees are no longer meeting and we are working ...

March 29, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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