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Live happy, live longer

I read a news report this week that says while we are living longer in the U.S., people in other countries are living even longer. Bummer.

January 22, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A message to my grandson

Dear Cameron:

January 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A few thoughts as 2014 rolls in

Before 2013 faded out, my intentions were to congratulate a number of local people receiving honors. And though it is late, and I'll probably overlook some important ones, I'll still tip my hat to these.

January 08, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Time to focus on year ahead

I hope each of you had a safe and wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is off to a good start. My family was blessed this past year in so many ways, and we had a wonderful holiday season. Stacie and I have a tradition of taking the girls to the mountains for New Year's, and we had a great time again this year. The girls were extremely excited to be there to see their first snow of the season.

January 08, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Monitoring spending on legislators

This could be an important piece of information I am about to share with you. Whether it is or not is up to you. It depends on how much you care about the money being spent on our state's politicians. If you don't care and want to cop the "it doesn't make any difference" attitude, then I suggest you blow the dust off the ol' Funk & Wagnall and look up the word "apathy." Or go kiss a goat. Your choice.

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


With the new year coming, time for serious soothsaying

Good grief. I just took a peek at next week's calendar. It says 2014. That can't be correct. I'm still waiting for Y2K and for all our computers to crash. I must have overslept.

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


Don't leave money on the table

The Georgia Hospital Administration and the Georgia State Medical Association are asking Gov. Nathan Deal to accept the federal government's offer of $40.5 billion for Medicaid expansion in our state.

December 18, 2013 | Reader submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The Christmas spirit

Santa is a big part of our annual Christmas party for Friends of Recovery, but I had not met the man playing Santa this year.

December 18, 2013 | Reader submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


This is my Christmas column

There is no way I can send Christmas cards to all the wonderful people who expressed concern for me during my recent "confinement" through cards, calls, flowers, food, visits and prayers. So please accept this as my personal greeting to you. It is also a greeting to those whom I don't even know.

December 18, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


On the imperfect machine

The mood in the galley of the research ship was gloomy. Our grand experiment had failed and we were pounding our way through the rough seas of the Gulf of Mexico bound for New Orleans.

December 11, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Like Mandela, Andrew Young’s journey is one of forgiveness

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has received much-deserved praise following his death on Dec. 5 at the age of 95, and rightly so. South Africa could have sunk into chaos and a bloody civil war with Mandela's rise to power following 27 years of imprisonment and the end of apartheid. Instead, he preached reconciliation and forgiveness, not vengeance. For that, the world can be grateful.

December 11, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session is right around the corner

It is hard to believe that 2013 is about to come to a close. It has been a productive and busy year for my family. I was blessed to be able to serve in my first session as your representative. It is a true honor to represent you at the Georgia State Capitol. With the year coming to an end, we are gearing up for the 2014 legislative session that will start on Jan. 13.

December 11, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Should you take this opportunity?

When "Dawson County, Georgia Heritage 1857-1996" was published, Dawson County Historical Society members didn't visualize that 27 years later there would be a third printing. For several years, there have been no copies available for sale, but this year they had a limited number of books reprinted and are now offering them as a Christmas special for the price of the original book, $65.

December 03, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Residents suffer from government policies

Recently Rep. Kevin Tanner wrote about how great it is to live in Georgia.

November 20, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Random thoughts, subjects

Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived. Our late grandson, Zack Wansley, was honored at the dedication of "Zack's Glade," a pristine and picturesque piece of Cochran Mill Park near where he died while training for the Atlanta Marathon in 2008.

November 20, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

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


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

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


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

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


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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