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More wrap up from Legislative Session

When I started reviewing important bills passed during the 2012 Legislative Session, 20 bills immediately came to mind. Last week's article only looked at four of those. Here are six more.

The General Assembly passed the Government Accountability Act (HB 456), which will establish a review process for agency efficiency by creating the Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee.

May 02, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Federal judge sees majesty in law, not jokes

While May 1 is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did.

May 02, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Giving Deal good marks for his job performance

Dear Governor, I know you have been waiting to hear how I think you are handling things these days, but I wanted to give you time to get the legislators out of town and to be sure all the silverware is accounted for. Plus, I have been busy trying to help your pal, Leroy Gingrich, understand he has blown his chances of becoming President of the United States and that he might want to go back to Washington and moonlight as the Pillsbury Doughboy.

I like your low-key style and the way you are willing to work with both parties ...

April 25, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


One-time fee replaces sales, ad valorem taxes

The most sweeping legislation passed during the recent 2012 Legislative Session was HB 386, which is a comprehensive reform of how taxes are collected in Georgia.

HB 386 eliminates both the sales tax and ad valorem tax on non-commercial (privately owned) vehicles and replaces them with a one-time title fee that is paid when the title is transferred from one owner to another. Currently owned non-commercial vehicles will continue under the old ad valorem tax system until they are sold.

April 25, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Somber reflections from the beach

Generally, my beach-reading consists of light stuff - romances, mysteries and humor.

During this two -week stay at "our beach" (Cape San Blas), I have done my share of that.

April 25, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Center rebuilds lives, lifts spirits

Those of you who regularly check this space know this, but to the newcomers out there: I am a whiner. Like Goldilocks, I whine when the porridge is too hot. I whine when the porridge is too cold. But unlike Goldilocks, I whine even when the glop is just right.

Recently, my whining was put to the test and found wanting. After turning down several opportunities to visit the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, I finally agreed to go but not because I wanted to. The Woman Who Shares My Name said I had to because she was going and I ...

April 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


FY 2013 budget overview

As highlighted last week, state lawmakers approved a $19.3 billion budget, listing public safety as one of the state's top priorities.

In an effort to continue strengthening policies that promote the well-being of our citizens, the fiscal year 2013 budget included funding for Georgia's Department of Corrections and the State's Judicial Branch.

April 18, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State budget boosts education funding

During the recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed a $19.3 billion dollar budget, including a significant boost to statewide education funding.

Since education makes up one of the largest components of our yearly state budget, the General Assembly worked hard to ensure that Georgia's students and teachers were a top priority, particularly in light of our current economic situation.

April 12, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Daydreaming about clouds, headlines

I tend to daydream. Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea.

And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:

April 12, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislature doesn’t always do what it says it will do

Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.

As evidence, look at how the Legislature has gone back on its word regarding special fees that were to be collected and spent for such things as environmental cleanup, drivers' education and other purposes.

April 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Let’s celebrate this glorious season

I write this on the eve of what we Christians designate as "Holy Week," beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter.

Other religious groups and even non-religious folks are aware, however, that this is the pre-Easter season; advertisers never let us forget it.

April 04, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dear Mr. Grogan, Mayor Pro Tem

The officers, and membership, of the Reading and Education Association of Dawson County extend their condolence to both the family of Joe Lane and, to the citizens of Dawsonville.

Joe Lane served Dawsonville well and will be missed.

April 04, 2012 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Session concludes with $19.3B budget

The Georgia legislature concluded the 2012 session by passing a $19.3 billion dollar budget, keeping in line with the state's commitment to pass fiscally sound money management policies.

Through the passage of HB 742, Georgia's economy will be better positioned to grow, create more jobs and get more Georgians back to work. Due to these fiscally conservative management policies, Georgia has continued to maintain its AAA bond rating, which is extremely attractive to businesses seeking to grow or expand their business in Georgia.

April 04, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tax reform makes Georgia friendlier

Thursday, March 29, also known as Sine Die, is the 40th and final legislative day, our last opportunity to pass legislation this year. We have worked long hours to ensure the passage of vital legislation that will reform our state's tax code.

HB 386 implements a variety of tax reform measures that were recommended by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. The council conducted an in-depth review of our current tax structure and submitted their recommendations in December 2010.

March 28, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Justice for Lady Liberty

I was, shall we say, nearby when the statue of Lady Justice was placed on top of the new Dawson County Courthouse just prior to its opening. The operation to place her there went without drama.

That got me to thinking about the history of Lady Liberty, which is of course better known as the Statue of Liberty.

March 28, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Wrapping up our first month back

January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I ...

February 08, 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


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


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


Transplant overgrown shrubs now

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

January 25, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | 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


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


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


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 ...

January 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | 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 ...

January 18, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | 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 ...

January 18, 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 ...

January 11, 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 ...

January 11, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | 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


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Work hard and dream big

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

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


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