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Act now to prevent summer fruit problems

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they are also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.

February 08, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plans for public education—vague and discouraging

When Gov. Nathan Deal announced his budget for Georgia on Jan. 11, he bragged about how he has raised the budget for public education again.

February 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broadband access moving forward

The Senate reconvened for legislative day five on Monday. Standing committees started meeting to adopt their rules in preparation for bill hearings starting next week.

February 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

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


2017 budget hearings update

The Senate reconvened for week two after a day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 25, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislative session is underway

The first day of the 154th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly and the first day of the 2017-18 term was Jan. 9.

January 25, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning.

January 25, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Transplant overgrown shrubs now

Many people plant shrubs in places where they don't belong.

January 25, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Getting started in 2017

On Jan. 9, we reconvened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises to be very busy and offers endless opportunities. I am honored to represent you in the Senate and motivated to serve you at the Capitol in 2017.

January 18, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes it is helpful that others do your work

This column was conceived and intended for last week's paper, but it did not get transferred to my computer and thus not to the paper's email.

January 18, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.

January 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Looking Forward: 2017 Legislative Session Priorities

For your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Jan. 9, 2017 marks the beginning of the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly, and your legislators have been preparing for months by researching potential topics and issues. There will be precisely 40 days to present, discuss and vote on legislation to be considered for signing by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2017. There are a number of potential issues that have caught my interest, and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to make the best decisions for ...

January 11, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

I thought Paul Revere would have shared the news with you, but he seems to think it is more important that you know about the British, who can't be anywhere near as prone to mischief as our intrepid public servants. Just to be on the safe side, you might want to hide the silverware from now until our boys and girls come back home from the Gold Dome in March to tell us what a swell job they did on our behalf.

January 11, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Work hard and dream big

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trade and the balance of payments

The USA is running a negative current account balance of about $500 billion dollars per year.

January 04, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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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 ...

March 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | 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 ...

March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | 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 ...

March 22, 2017 | | 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 ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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 ...

March 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | 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


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


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


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


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 ...

March 08, 2017 | | 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 ...

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


Broadband Access Moves Forward with Senate Bill 232

Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the ...

March 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | 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


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 ...

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


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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