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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


Junior E. Lee thinks he has picked next president

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, called me all out of breath.

I usually am not that concerned because after Junior has sprayed Arven Ridley's barn for fleas, it sometimes leaves him winded. But I knew this wasn't the case.

March 28, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislators brief public on issues

"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby and I have been asked by House Speaker David Ralston - he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie - along with Senators Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall. They are, of course, your leaders and have helped make the General Assembly what it is today.

For you House members who may not know him, Sen. Williams is the distinguished gentleman covered in pine straw. Next to him is Sen. Rogers, who seems to be putting a cotton swab on a cut.

March 21, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Mayor’s shoes will be hard to fill

Mayor Joe Lane Cox's shoes will be hard to fill.

As I am sure many of those paying tribute to Dawsonville's mayor will say, he has loomed large in the recent history of this county.

March 14, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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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


Patchy tall fescue lawns

Fall of 2016 was a rough season.

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


A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

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


Sharing some concerns for better, for worse

As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...

February 22, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Here we go again

The specter of Elliott Field has resurfaced.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A government owned airport in Dawson County?

The City of Dawsonville is proposing that they buy an airport with everybody elses' money.

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What will Republicans do?

The Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. Unfortunately, although they always said they would "repeal ...

February 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The halfway point

This week marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and the end of week six here at the state Capitol. From committee meetings ...

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


Boxelder Bugs

We have experienced several periods this winter of above-average temperatures. If you've been outside, you may have noticed that these warm days have led ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Secretary of Agriculture-Designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

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


Affordable health care

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA Law without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including 4 million ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Actions of Commissioners Called into Question

3-1 votes have cost the county thousands of dollars as Commissioners Julie Nix, Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby, by coincidence and without public comment, vote ...

February 15, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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 ...

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


Busy time at the capitol

The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.

February 08, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thank You Rep. Kevin Tanner

First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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