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2011 Legislative Session wraps up on April 14

Although the 2011 Legislative Session ends on April 14, we will be called back into Special Session this summer to handle redistricting of state Senate, House and Congressional districts based on the 2010 census.

April 06, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Of plates and cups and related things

It's funny how analogies or metaphorical sayings can seemingly stem from the same basis, but have different meanings. For example, one would expect that having a full plate and a full cup would both indicate blessings or something good. Not the case.

April 06, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Senate passes balanced spending, continues working on tax reform

Since the recession hit in 2007, the Georgia legislature has been faced with balancing the state budget amid sharply declining revenues. We are constitutionally prohibited from spending more than we take in, which prevents us from running up a trillion dollar deficit like the federal government. Smart financial planning is crucial for any government, just as it is for every family.

April 06, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Say ‘no’ to regional airport

In response to Karen Wilson's letter to the editor, I was encouraged to write one of my own.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Good job on pause

I agree with recent letter writers, Karen Wilson and Arlene McClure regarding the formation of a regional airport authority.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Last chance for Georgia

The Georgia Legislative session will end soon, but it may not be too late for the residents of Georgia if they make some changes quickly.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Easier to agree on what we don’t want

It's a whole lot easier getting agreement at this point on what we don't want to see in the tax reform bill than what we do. I have received dozens of e-mails asking me not to vote for HB 385 because the Council on Tax Reform recommended taxing some of their favorite things.

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


Bill will increase efficiency

We worked hard this session to balance the state budget and make necessary spending cuts while continuing to provide vital services for Georgians.

March 23, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Surveys help establish needs of community

Over the past three years we have made every effort to monitor the concerns and needs of the residents and to make appropriate adjustments in how we operate. One of the tools we have utilized to gauge what you expect from us is to conduct electronic surveys of customers in our planning and development office, the parks and at other locations in county government.

March 23, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Stop creation of the airport authority

The 1,500 acre annexation in 2007 drove a spear into the heart of Dawson County.

March 23, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Are you ready to turn purple?

Purple is already a color that reminds us of Spring, as well as the Lenten season, but did you know that purple is a color that restores faith and hope to so many who are fighting cancer in our community?

March 23, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislature reaches important deadline on Crossover Day

Crossover Day marks an important milestone in the legislative process. It falls on Day 30 of the 40-day legislative session and is the last day that bills can cross from one chamber to another.

March 23, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


In the present, voices from the past

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.

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


Legislature preserves HOPE, debates billboard legislation

The legislature took the final step this week in preserving Georgia's greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship.

March 16, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


’12 budget is passed by House

March 16, is Crossover Day and Day 30 of our 40-day legislative session. For the remaining 10 days, each body of the general assembly will only consider bills passed by the other body. Before the night is over, the House will have considered close to 100 bills.

March 16, 2011 | By Amos Amerson 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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