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Russell Creek vs. Shoal Creek

As one of the authors of the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen list (on which the proposed Shoal Creek Reservoir in Dawson Forest was included), I am compelled to respond to assertions made in Commissioner Gary Pichon's letter to the editor of Nov. 16 ("Calling Water Dirty.")

The water that flows out of the hollows of Dawson and Lumpkin counties and through the Etowah River is not owned by anyone. No one can claim it as "their water."

December 14, 2011 | By Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


From bionic hips to deals slips, year was interesting

Dear valued reader:

In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card - suitable for framing - that you could proudly show your envious friends.

December 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Residents gain wealth by working hard, not whining

The Greatest Generation, those who survived The Great Depression and World War II, are now among our dwindling number of oldest senior citizens.

When the going got tough, they got tougher and beat both monumental challenges. They didn't sit on their back side and whine for a government handout. They didn't Occupy Wall Street. They worked hard and accumulated their nest egg for retirement. We need to salute their work ethics.

December 14, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Seeing a bad moon rising

Nobody likes to hear bad news forecasts. That is why almost no one ever reads the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. They were all saying that things were bad, and going to get worse, but that it would turn out OK in the long run. They were pessimists about the day, but optimists on a longer time line. Things always turn out for the good if you can stand the wait.

My solution to the current problems of the USA and of the world is to practice self-induced delusion and cling to irrational hope. I am going to pretend ...

December 07, 2011 | By Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Everywhere I go I see caring people

You expect me to say "there are signs of Christmas," and certainly that is true. Retail establishments didn't wait until Black Friday to begin offering Christmas specials, and I hope we all remembered to "shop local businesses" on Small Business Saturday.

Individuals are putting away fall and Thanksgiving decorations and clothes and pulling out Christmas stuff.

December 07, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Who really cares about the UGA loss anyway?

In case you have been vacationing on the moon, you may have missed the news that the student-athletes from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, came up a wee bit short in attaining the football championship of the Southeastern Conference.

That honor went to the young men of Louisiana State University who, having observed them in post-game interviews, are destined to become either, you know, great orators or, you know, quantum physicists.

December 07, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Paying tribute to a wise man

Today, I ask for a moment of personal privilege. It was two years ago this week that I wrote about the Three Wise Men that have so greatly influenced my life: Roy Hodnett, a real estate magnate on Saint Simons Island; Dr. Raymond Cook, my college professor, now residing in Valdosta and John W. Jacobs Jr., a broadcast pioneer and philanthropist from Gainesville. All three in their 90s or close to it. All three a part of the Greatest Generation. All three family men of faith. I could not have asked for better role models.

Last week, John Jacobs died ...

November 30, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Governor Deal previews Georgia’s State-of-the-State

Gov. Nathan Deal spoke to a large gathering of Republicans and Tea Party members on Nov. 22 in Dawson County. The event was sponsored by all three of the counties I represent as House District 9 Representative (Lumpkin, Dawson and Forsyth).

Deal covered a wide range of topics that would be looked at during the next Session of the General Assembly, as well as updating us on the budget situation.

November 30, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee takes credit for upsurge in Gingrich run

Junior E. Lee is one of my most valued associates, but he can be a load to manage and a bit of a know-it-all. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield.

He has two primary responsibilities: First, keep as many bugs as possible out of Emanuel County - particularly Arveen Ridley's farm - and then to help us all to make better informed political decisions. The exterminating profession doesn't seem to have a lot in common with the democratic process, but when you have someone of Junior ...

November 23, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Nuclear waste management is a key to energy independence

Representatives from France and French firms met with American industry executives and academics at Georgia Tech recently where the discussion centered on how recycling in France reduces nuclear waste by more than 95 percent.

The procedure of refurbishing spent fuel rods is commonly called reprocessing in the United States and recycling in France.

November 16, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Ralston may spend holiday closer to home

Knock! Knock! Knock!

"Come in. Well, if it isn't Spiro Amburn, my favorite chief of staff. How are you, Spiro?"

November 16, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


One unnoticed thing at a time

In the last issue of "Panorama," The Georgia Conservancy's quarterly magazine, Conservancy President Pierre Howard eulogized former board member Ray Anderson, who had recently died.

Howard wrote about a speech that he heard Anderson give in 2005 at the Carter Center. He was dealing with the question "How could a living planet - the rarest and most precious thing in the universe - lose its biosphere, its essential livability?"

November 16, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It is our duty to vote

As you know, well as some of you know, on Nov. 8, there was an election held in the city to elect two council members and pass or reject alcohol sales on Sunday within the city.

But only 264 ballots were cast voting for city council members out of 1,104 registered voters within the city.

November 16, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Calling water dirty

I see on the Web that some folks think that a reservoir is a dirty idea for Dawson County.

They oppose it saying that it will eliminate habitat for a protected species of fish and that it will harm downstream communities by using "their water."

November 16, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Update on solar power, nuclear power and coal in Georgia

As chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, I get many opportunities to see up close and personal what's happening in Georgia with all the energy options we have available. I had not realized that Atlanta has so many solar installations until I toured some of them recently.

Turner Enterprises has covered their Luckie Street parking facilities with 25 solar canopies that can provide 228,000 watts of electrical power annually. We were not told the cost of the installation, but these canopies are expected to provide 25 percent of the power needs at a savings of $30 ...

November 09, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

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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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