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Laws should make you mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special interest twits.

Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation. This diatribe is for all.

February 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do we need a constitutional amendment on education?

Over the past two weeks, I have received at least 200 e-mails pertaining to HR 1162 (a proposed constitutional amendment on public education) and its companion legislation, HB 797. The e-mails are split about 50/50, with most of those asking for a "no" vote being from school teachers and most of the "yes" votes coming from parents.

This begs the question: Why does Georgia need a constitutional amendment on public education this year?

February 22, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


HOPE scholarship back on track after restructuring

As we've discussed in previous columns, Georgia is currently one of the most generous providers of merit-based financial aid in the nation. However, the HOPE scholarship is currently under attack by opponents who have proposed an income-based salary cap for students whose families make more than $140,000 per year.

When HOPE was originally created, eligibility was partially based on family income levels; this restriction was removed in 1995. No other state lottery restricts eligibility based on family income; every state lottery scholarship is set up to be a merit award program.

February 15, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some people have been ‘ready for doing’

There was a time at my (Methodist) churches when we regularly stood in line to go kneel at an altar, be served communion, and then hear the minister announce, "Let these retire and others take their places."

We are doing it somewhat differently now: Going to the altar individually (after communion) rather than in groups. But whenever I learn of someone retiring from a public position, I remember that phrase and often wonder what will happen when "others take their places."

February 15, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Why not a signing for non-athletic achievements

Knock! Knock!

"Come in."

February 15, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislative Session is moving ahead

The 2012 Legislative Session is moving forward at a rapid pace under the Gold Dome as we begin to move bills through the legislative process. In just a few short weeks, we've already made great progress toward passing legislation that responds to our citizens' needs.

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with commissioners of the Union, White and Dawson County delegations at the Association of County Commissioners Legislative Conference where we discussed issues relevant to the county's needs.

February 08, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


FY 2012 amended budget passes by unanimous vote

A miracle took place in the House of Representatives last week. For the first time in recorded history, a budget passed without a single dissenting vote on either side of the aisle.

Last January Gov. Nathan Deal conservatively estimated state revenues of $18.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2012.

February 08, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s time for annual State of the Column

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, I am required to submit annually a State of the Column message. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stand and applaud if you hear something that floats your boat or look bored if you don't. You may be on television.

"My fellow Georgians, ladies and gentlemen and significant others, I am pleased to tell you the state of this column has never been better. (Applause.)

February 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A thanks for defending education in column

I just wanted to thank Dick Yarbrough for his recent column about teachers and the state of education in Georgia.

I am glad he will be watching Chip Rogers to see if he tries his vouchers bill again.

February 01, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Much going on at Gold Dome

The 2012 Legislative Session is off to a fast start, as lawmakers have already passed several pieces of legislation and met to discuss the governor's budget recommendations.

In addition to my duties at the Capitol, I spent time this week meeting with several key leaders from throughout the 51st District, as well as my constituents.

February 01, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baptist leader speaks right from heart

Whew, that was close. I almost became a Baptist the other day. Not just any Baptist, but a (gulp) Southern Baptist.

Let me add here that there have been times when the Rev. Dr. Gil Watson, the world's greatest preacher, has become so weary of trying to save my sorry soul that he would gladly trade me to the Baptists, Presbyterians or even the Islamic Center for the Advancement of Self Pity in return for two altos, a Sunday school teacher and an usher to be named later. Dr. Gil only has these thoughts when I insult some demographic ...

February 01, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Mayor’s Day a success

The mayors and city officials from around Georgia hosted a breakfast for the General Assembly and selected state-wide officers on Jan. 23.

Mayor Gary McCullough, the Dahlonega City Council, Senator Steve Gooch and I were present for the occasion.

February 01, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Obama in the world of make believe

There must be some irony in the timing of President Obama's recent trip to Disney World. He returned to his home base of "fantasy land" to give an address regarding the need to boost tourism. He looked a tad on the silly side using Cinderella's Castle as his backdrop while exclaiming "America is open for business!" Taking a vacation in the middle of a depression is hardly a choice when you are unemployed.

Yet just hours earlier, the president was turning "thumbs-down," killing the Keystone XL Pipeline in our midwest.

January 25, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Governor starts the 2012 Budget process

Last week was budget week at the Capitol. The Appropriations Com-mittees of both the Senate and House held joint hearings from the governor and his department heads.

Gov. Nathan Deal has set the "revenue estimate" for FY 2013 at $19.2 billion.

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


Thoughts on politics, journalists, birthday girl

State Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, one of our two unelected lieutenant governors - Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, is the other - sent out a puff piece taking much credit for authoring a bill to require local school boards to consider a teacher's "effectiveness," not seniority, when getting rid of teachers.

People both inside and outside state government tell me that Williams has solved a problem that doesn't exist. Many school boards are already doing this. Seniority is a big issue in the Northeast, where there are teachers' unions. We have none in Georgia.

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


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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


Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions.

December 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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